Posts made in October, 2010

Towns of Tuscany: An Overview of Gavorrano

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Gavorrano sits in the heart of Maremma. This area is well known for the beauty of its natural setting with almost untouched chestnut and oak woods over hills overlooking the sea. Walking, biking and horse riding trails cross this land that offers a rich outdoor life. The extensive vineyards testify to the rural vocation of Gavorrano with a strong wine and gastronomic culture. This town in Tuscany rises on the slopes of a granite hill overlooking the Gulf of Follonica and the Island of Elba. The ancient origins of the place include the Fortress of Gavorrano, now recognized only through the circuit of walls, interrupted by several towers. Another highlight is the Church of St. Julian, where is preserved a small marble statue of the Madonna and Child by the Sienese...

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Firenze Marathon 2010

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The 2010 edition of the Florence Marathon is the 27th and it will see some changes modifying the original route. The marathon runs on Sunday November 28, 2010 and starts from Viale Michelangelo. Indeed, the big news is that this year the city center boulevards, the so called “Viali”, will be part of the new route. Traffic will be stopped and at 9,15 am athletes will depart for the marathon. The route is 42,195 kilometers, the same distance between the city of Marathon and Athens in Greece. The thousands of people from all over the world that participate to the event will be able to subscribe until November 15. The number of participants has already reached 8,600 and more are expected to participate. There are several ways to subscribe to the Florence...

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Antiquity Fair in Arezzo

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It was June 2, 1968 and it was the first Sunday of the month. Since that day every first Sunday of every month Arezzo is turned into an open sky antiquity fair. I am not talking about a cheap flea market full of things you may just want to throw away in the first place. This is a well established event that gathers collectors from all over Italy (and sometimes from abroad), to provide other collectors, passersby and occasional buyers with miles of open-air kiosks filled with all kind of objects and memorabilia worth from a few cents to thousands of Euros.It was June 2, 1968 and it was the first Sunday of the month. Since that day every first Sunday of every month Arezzo is turned into an open sky antiquity fair. I am not talking about a cheap flea market full of...

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Typical Tuscan Food: Say It Right!

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After the common misspelled words in Tuscan food, here I would like to focus more on how to pronounce some typical dishes correctly. There are several reasons why you should be a more proficient pronouncer: first of all it’s fun to learn new food-related words in another language, secondly you will have a richer experience while in a Tuscan restaurant without having to shy away from unknown words or to point to a menu item (some restaurants do not have menus!), thirdly trattorias and other restaurant give you a spoken list of the day’s fresh offering, and you should be able to recognize dishes by hearing their name, lastly when you take the effort of learning something like this you will be given credit for as it is considered to be a great act of...

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The Secrets of a Tuscan Kitchen, in Your Kitchen

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If there is anything Italy is famous for, besides the ruins, castles, beaches, mountains and Medieval villages, of course, it is the food. Tuscany, with its rolling vineyards, olive plantations and world-famous cuisine is likely the most well-known culinary region in the country, so it is no surprise there are thousands of cookbooks on the market that cater to Tuscan food foodies. My new home, Calabria-the “toe” of the boot, an emerging culinary destination in its own right-is more than 700 kilometers south of Tuscany, so when I crave authentic Tuscan stews, soups and hearty pasta dishes, I can’t dash to the diner down the street. I have to take matters into my own hands. Literally. My favorite Tuscan cookbook and one that is particularly useful as Autumn...

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