Posts made in November, 2009

Four Books on Tuscany

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It may seem out of scope to write about books on Tuscany on the blog that talks about Tuscany! Books have their own special place of course, and while this blog tries to give as much information on Tuscany as it can, books will always give a much rounder picture of this wonderful region. Having said that, don’t stop reading Experience Tuscany! Or at least not before having read about some of the most popular books on Tuscany. Below is a selection of books that are pleasurable easy reads. Some of them give a classic image of this Italian region, some others present a wittier take on the subject. All of them make for a surely appreciated Christmas present. Under The Tuscan Sun: It had to be the first one. An awarded novel, made into a little less awarded...

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Tortoise Live in Florence

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Yesterday evening at the Viper Club in Florence the Tortoise have presented their latest album, Beacons of Ancestorship. Their fluid melodies perfectly accompany sinuous movements that for two hours entertain and please the spectator, who perceive this time as a glimpse of pure melodic genius. It is an audiovisual concert, where eyes and ears dance united in joint convolutions. Visual symmetries, and specular sounds compel emotions that occupy the senses for the full length of the show. The result is that of a musical deja-vu, one that the spectator feels of having already experienced. One could even go further and say that their melodies can be inhabited and pay homage to the definition of architects of sound and tempo that has been given of the Tortoise. This is...

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Buonconvento near Siena

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The medieval town of Buonconvento is enclosed by a brick wall with hanging arches on top. Built in 1379 by orders of the Governors of Siena it was originally fitted with only two doors along the main street. The Porta Senese on the north side, towards Siena, which still has the original woodwork with fittings, and Porta Romana to the south, destroyed in 1944 by the retreating Germans. The town has remained virtually unchanged for centuries, protected by the moat and battlements of the Guelph wall ring, the borough has changed considerably in the 19th century with the construction of buildings behind the walls, including the Theater of the Risorti. The oldest nucleus of town is crossed from north to south by Soccini street, named in memory of the family that...

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Immaculate Conception Weekend in Tuscany

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The Immaculate Conception is the Catholic dogma that recognizes the virginity of the mother of Christ, and is celebrated on December 8 every year. It is therefore a nice happening when, like this year, it is on a Tuesday, creating a much awaited long weekend stretching from Friday to Tuesday. This is also the day that Christmas celebrations officially begin. The historic centers of cities and towns are being adorned with lights and animated with Christmas carols. Street markets liven up the streets during the whole holiday. The colorful world of craft creations and gift ideas snuggle in perfectly with the candid atmosphere of Christmas. In Torrita di Siena events for children and theme dinners for grown ups are being prepared, with a special focus on vintage toys,...

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Olive Oil Road

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The Olive Oil Road on the hills around Pisa, called Monti Pisani, is a path that winds passing through art, culture and cuisine, and the discovery of a great olive oil, one of the excellencies of these lands. The route stretches along 138 kilometers passing through the territories of Buti, Calci, Vicopisano, San Giuliano Terme and Vecchiano. Plains, alternate to hills and mountains along this route. There are many historical and artistic sites to visit, numerous medieval villages, monasteries, churches and ancient villas, including Villa Medici Agnano belonged to Lorenzo the Magnificent. Calci is the first town encountered along the olive oil road. It is famous for its imposing Certosa, now the museum of natural history of the territory. From Monte Serra, the...

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