Posts made in July, 2010

Porto Azzurro on Elba Island

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Poto Azzurro is one of the most picturesque harbors of the Elba island in Tuscany Italy. It is dominated by a magnificent seventeenth-century Spanish fort, part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. This is enough to make Porto Azzurro one of the most interesting and rewarding destinations of Elba throughout the year. It is a lovely place to stay, nice and quiet. From here you can go about discovering the charm of this island that is among the finest in the Mediterranean. Certainly popular in Etruscan and Roman times, the town was named Porto Longone until 1947, referencing to the deep and sheltered bay in which it is located, overlooking the eastern coast of the island. Later, the town took its present name of Porto Azzurro, the beautiful color of the sea....

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On the set of “Certified Copy”

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From Cannes Festival to Lucignano, near Arezzo Italy. Lucignano is a beautiful medieval town in Tuscany that Cannes Film Festival brought to celebrity thanks to the film directed by the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami: “Certified Copy”. The movie, with Juliette Binoche as the main performer, was filmed in Lucignano and Cortona. Lucignano is in the province of Arezzo, near Siena and it is considered the town of love. Traditionally young couples use to swear undying love in front of a precious reliquary, the Tree of Love, kept in the Museo Municipale. Cortona, a town of Etruscan origins surrounded by massive walls, is a succession of streets, squares, ancient buildings and churches. The village, located on top of a hill, offers a suggestive landscape of the...

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Arezzo in the Middle Age

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This is an excellent offer for the “Joust of Saracino” and a guided tour of Arezzo. Medieval Arezzo was a flourishing, powerful and cultured city. With more than 20,000 inhabitants, it was divided into four quarters and its lively cultural life reached levels of international prestige. During the first week-end of September, you can visit the monuments and churches of the old town and you can also attend the “Giostra del Saracino“, a medieval jousting tournament. The offer includes 2 days and 1 night 1st day – Saturday September 4, 2010: Arrival in Arezzo in the afternoon; accommodation in B&B 3 pm – 5 pm: Guided tour in the historical center of Arezzo 8.30 pm circa: “propitiation dinner” in one of the four...

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Tuscan Summer Soup

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Summer and soup usually do not get along very well, as the hot season makes colder dishes more appetizing. However, this Tuscan soup can also be eaten at room temperature or warm. Moreover, the main ingredients are Zucchini and Zucchini flowers. The latter can only be found in season and taste great during summer time. It is a very easy soup recipe, also quick but delicate and tasty nevertheless. Ingredients: 6 bunches of zucchini flowers (approximately half pound or 250 grams), 6 zucchini, 2 cloves of garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, salty pecorino cheese (Parmesan can be a substitute), extra virgin olive oil, meat stock, toasted Tuscan bread slices rubbed with garlic. Preparation: Clean the zucchini flowers (remove the pistil, wash them and dry them), then cut...

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Tuscany Shopping Driver

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The three Tuscan outlets of Prada, Gucci and McArthurGlen attract each day thousands of visitors from all over Tuscany, Italy and the world for their great prices and choice of original pieces from recent collections. Discounts reach even 70% of original price, and items are of course in mint condition and all genuine, no counterfeits are in sight as the shops are a direct retailer of the fashion house. If you are not from Italy the discounts may be even greater compared to the prices you find in your country. The Mall is the outlet that hosts Gucci, but it also includes names like Zegna, Armani, Ferragamo, Valentino, and Tod’s just to name a few. Just like the Prada outlet, named “Lo Spaccio“, also offers Jill Sander, Helmut Lang and Miu Miu....

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