Posts made in February, 2010

Prato, The Tuscan Chinatown

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Within the last twenty years the Chinese population of Prato has greatly increased to reach estimates of up to 20 thousand residents, although unofficial estimates are much higher. In 1988 there were 31 Chinese residents in Prato, 20 years later things have changed dramatically. This is the largest Chinese community in Italy. The Prato Chinatown has been recently defined by the Washington Post one of a kind in the world. Indeed here non Asian people and Italians feel awkward, as if they were in China. Here you can find Chinese stores for any necessity. Food, home equipment and kitchen utensils, technology stores, restaurants, gambling places, and more. Some places do not even have Italian speaking personnel and some restaurants only accept Chinese customers. While...

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Tomo Sushi in Florence

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Florence offers many Japanese restaurants in its city center, but there is one restaurant that sits on the outskirts of Florence, more precisely at Osmannoro, where you will also find Ikea, the factory store of Cavalli and much more. Tomo Sushi is along via Pratese that connects Florence to Prato. A wonderful magnolia tree salutes customers that enter the restaurant. The interiors are quite sober and very comfortable. The open restaurant area sits more than fifty people, and is divided from the more private tables for groups that are surrounded by paper and wood dividers. Here customers sit the western style with a Japanese flavor, as there are no chairs and legs can be tucked in and under the large tables. The walls are adorned with beautiful kimonos and...

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Cinestrata, an Antique Chianti Recipe

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Cinestrata is a very old Tuscan recipe. The tradition reports its origins back during the Renaissance period. This recipe is actually most typical of the Chianti region, and is has been almost completely forgotten even by Tuscan people, which over time have neglected this quite particular but excellent soup. During the Renaissance it was used to refund vigor into the body of the ill ones, or to replenish the energies of the newly wedded couples after their first night together. There are still few families that today continue the Cinestrata tradition preparing it with chicken broth, egg yolks, Vinsanto, sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The result is a yellow soup that reminds the color of a quite common Tuscan plant the Ginestra, or scotch broom. If you feel like...

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Scuba Diving in Tuscany Contest

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“Underwater in Tuscany” is a scuba diving contest that will bring you to the discovery of the fantastic sea bottom in front of the Tuscan coast. The uncontaminated waters of Tuscany each year gain the highest recognitions from Italian national environmentalist associations. There are few other places with such clear and pure waters where thousands of animal and plant species thrive. You will discover such a high density of underwater flora and fauna that will leave you bewildered. Each year thousands of international scuba divers come to Tuscany to enjoy a safe and perfectly preserved underwater environment that allows hours of fun. You will have the chance to be one of the two lucky winning couples that will spend three nights and three days on the...

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Tuscany Apartments Il Vigno

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Tuscany apartments Il Vigno rises among the uncontaminated hills of Tuscany. This organic farm includes 4 lovely and fully furnished apartments that can accommodate two, four or six people at a pinch. They all get their names from local plants that grow in the wild and are typical of these lands. Like the apartment Ulivo, romantic and cozy, it’s the ideal for a couple. Larger apartments like Quercia and Ginestra have one double bedroom and a comfortable sofa bed for two more guests. On the estate of the property is also a farmhouse independent from the other apartments. This is La Casa del Torrente (see picture above), a larger accommodation in Tuscany that welcomes up to 6 people with its 95 square meters of size, two double bedrooms and one sofa bed. Here...

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