Posts made in May, 2011

Tours in Tuscany

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Whether exploring the stunning landscape of Tuscany or sipping fine wine at a local winery, one is sure to be fascinated by the many sights to explore. An efficient way to absorb all the sights that Tuscany has to offer is to take a day tour. The following popular tours and sights may be helpful in planning your trip to Tuscany. Wine tasting in Siena A driver will pick you up at your hotel and begin an amazing trip to Siena. Throughout the drive to Siena, you will appreciate the rolling hills, olive groves and magnificent landscape. The first stop will be at a cheese farm and factory where you will be guided through the process of raising farm animals and producing cheese the traditional way. A visit to the farm would not be complete without having lunch that...

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Tuscany, Summer is Coming!

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I hope it won’t be as usual. Whenever I start getting all giggly about the warm weather in Tuscany, the next day the heavy downpour cools off the temperature and my enthusiasm. I promised on Twitter I would never post on the nice weather, but I will risk it since it has been about two weeks since Tuscany is having summerlike temperatures. Moreover, we are almost in June, so it should be safe! With the warm weather you get to do a lot of things in Tuscany, and enjoy them all the more. Since the Tuscan way of life is deeply rooted in the countryside, with more than half of its land devoted to farming and wood lands, it is just natural that with the awakening of nature a lot of other activities and happenings also come to wake up the life of Tuscan people and...

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Tuscany Cruises including the Tuscan archipelago and Florence

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A popular cruise destination on your cheap cruise is the Tuscany region of Italy. Tuscany has been long respected for its famous buildings, outstanding artwork, and a very rich history. One popular place to visit is the Duomo in Florence. The cathedral is a great example of Gothic architecture, which was built from 1296 to 1436. The first thing most visitor’s notice is the great dome, the largest masonry dome in the world. The lantern was finally placed on top of the 375 foot dome in 1469. This completed the building of the cathedral 173 years after it started. The dome is self-supporting and was built with staggered bricks, so that no scaffolding was used in its construction. It contains 463 steps and is seen as the start of the new Renaissance...

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New Japanese Restaurant in Arezzo

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There is a new international restaurant in Arezzo, and it goes to enlarge the ranks of the already consistent number of sushi places in this Tuscan city. Yamatoji is the name and like other two Japanese restaurants in Arezzo, it is run by Chinese staff and it used to be a Chinese restaurant called Nuova Cina, New China. The interiors have been completely redesigned and refurnished, the Chinese balloon paper lanterns have been replaced with the more cylindrical Japanese ones. Fear is that all the effort to create an authentic modern Japanese-style restaurant is rendered null at your first sushi bite. Will it be as such? I was there for their lunch special, and i have to tell you right away it was quite good. The price is a tad above the average lunch special you...

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Great Value Romantic Tuscany Holidays

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Looking for a hotel in Tuscany within easy reach of the region’s fair cities and rolling vineyards that won’t cost the earth? Ideally located and offering great value for money these two hotels are perfect for restful and romantic Tuscany holidays. If staying amidst rural splendor a short hop from one of Tuscany’s most magical towns and quaffing the fruits of the vines is your idea of holiday bliss, check into the charming family-run Hotel Le Renaie. Situated just four miles from San Gimignano, this comfortable three-star hotel has a lovely swimming pool and offers 25 air-conditioned rooms in a tranquil setting. Request a room with a balcony and you can enjoy an aperitif in the comfort of your guestroom before dining at the hotel’s restaurant which...

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