Posts made in November, 2010

Florence Marathon

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The flood of athletes invaded the city of Florence yesterday to attend the 27th edition of Firenze Marathon. This year the marathon of Florence celebrates a new record of members. In 27 years the number of participants has significantly increased, rising from the initial number of 900 in 1983 to 10,400. The race started under the cold rain at 9,15 with 42 kilometers and 195 meters of the route. The winners are three Ethiopians. They arrived back to back during a trilling final sprint that awarded Toless Tadese Aredo that won the race on his debut. For the first time ever on the podium are three Ethiopian athletes. The race was hampered by adverse climatic conditions of rain and low temperatures from the beginning. Among men the winners are: First place: Toles...

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Torta della Nonna Recipe

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Not as famous as the Tiramisù, nonetheless a very popular cake both in Italy and abroad. I am talking about the Torta della Nonna, or Grandma’s Cake. This delicious recipe is one of the many that originated in the splendid Tuscany, and after some variations, it became a classic pillar of Italian pastry tradition. Unlike other recipes, the Torta della Nonna’s origins are easy to trace. The inventor was the chef Guido Samorini, who died a few years ago. He owned a restaurant in Florence’s popular neighborhood of San Lorenzo. The restaurant, called San Lorenzo, is no longer active, but it was there that his most affectionate customers would lament the lack of a variety of cakes as dessert. As a result, Samorini invented the Torta della Nonna,...

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Curiosities on Tuscany

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During these days are happening some interesting things in Tuscany that are worth of notice. For example if you are traveling to Pisa to admire the panorama from the leaning tower, hold your horses. Instead, you should go to Florence to admire the skull made of diamonds, or stop by the Gucci shop to learn how the best artisans that work for the fashion name work. The leaning tower of Pisa was occupied yesterday during a few hours by a few hundred of university students. After letting all the tourists out, they blocked the entrance to the tower and proceeded to the top to manifest and hang a long protest banner. They were manifesting against reforms by the education minister, and the protests are continuing today, and will probably do so in the following days....

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Tuscany Apartments Residence Ramerino

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The northern part of Maremma, resting between Siena and Grosseto, is the home of the Tuscany apartments at Residence Ramerino. Nearby are the Metalliferous Hills, a splendid natural park and the best choice for those in search of all comforts immersed in an unmatched natural environment. This portion of Tuscany presents a completely different natural landscape from those of the Chianti, Valdichiana or the Lunigiana. Here the wild planes and prairies are charged with the beauty of wild and unpolluted stretches of land where packs of wild horses can be seen running freely. Your arrival at Residence Ramerino is saluted by the tall maritime pine trees siding the approach road. 250 meters separate the accommodation from the public road, giving you plenty of privacy and...

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Casale di Brolio

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Casale Di Brolio rises in the Val di Chiana just 30 minutes away by car from Arezzo. The scenic garden includes a splendid panoramic swimming pool, the gourmet restaurant, and for those passionate about Tuscan cuisine, cooking classes. The owner has a special love for cooking, so much that he had to convert two apartments of the property into a professional kitchen and offer to his guests the very best and freshest of the local production. The entire Casale Di Brolio is furnished with beautiful antique pieces and original features. Formerly a farmer house, the original cotto flooring of the house could be entirely recovered and can be seen in one apartment of the property. The dining hall, which will be enlarged, is sunny thanks to the large windows over the...

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