Posts made in July, 2011

Vasari’s 500 Birthday

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500 years ago to the date in Arezzo, Tuscany Giorgio Vasari was born. He was to be one of the most important Renaissance artists, including painting and architecture, also known as one of the initiators of art-history. Born in Arezzo on July 30, 1511, Vasari was versed into artistic crafts since an early age. At sixteen he moved to Florence joining the Andrea Del Sarto circle of artists, and becoming a friend of Michelangelo Buonarroti. After a period spent in Rome to learn from the artistic work of Raffaello, he was to return to the eternal city to create his Sala dei Cento Giorni fresco in the Chancery Palace. Even though he is considered to belong to the Tuscan school, he extensively worked all over Italy, mainly in Rome, Florence, Naples, his native Arezzo and...

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Cameron in Tuscany

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It seems that accommodating British prime ministers for their holidays is becoming a tradition for Tuscany accommodations. While Tony Blair was in office his summer stays in Tuscany were usual business. His successor, David Cameron, decided to follow his steps this year for the first time. It must be said that English artists were among the first discoverers of the beauties of Tuscany, of whom writers contributed to spread the word narrating their travels in this land. Cameron is arriving this coming Saturday in the province of Arezzo, and he is lucky enough the weather forecast speaks of full sunshine from the coming Sunday. One interesting fact that strongly distinguishes Blair from Cameron is the stature of the rental property. Cameron will stay at Villa...

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Tuscan Seaside: Safe Swimming Advices

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During the last month there have been quite a number of accidents along the coast of Tuscany. Although the shore of Tuscany is very safe and calm, there may be occasions when extra caution is mandatory. At least 8 people drowned and several others where rescued in critical conditions. Therefore I feel the need to remind you some very simple advices that will ensure your safety and enjoyment when vacationing on the Tuscan coast and swimming in the sea. Respect prohibitions. The code to respect is simple. Red flag means swimming is prohibited. Yellow flag warns to be cautious swimming close to the shore and never alone. Green flag signals no problems and free swimming. Orange flag means there is no bay watch and life rescue on duty. Use common sense. When anything...

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Yammy Wok in Prato

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I will soon have to open a new category on Experience Tuscany, and it will probably be called “Restaurants in Tuscany to Be Avoided” or something on the lines. Yammy Wok in Prato, Tuscany, is one of them. I wanted to try this restaurant that some Italian friends of mine advised as one of the nicest all-you-can-eat in the area. A big plus in their minds is the fact that at Yammy Wok you have a section dedicated to meats you can pick to be grilled at the moment and then be brought to your table. I don’t consider this a plus. Perhaps you do. Besides meats there are some kinds of fish including sole, swordfish, prawns, mussels, small octopus on a skewer. Meats mostly includes pork, veal and beef cutlets. You fill your plate, stick a clothes peg with...

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Lucca Festival with King and Cocker

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Last night it was the turn of BB King and Joe Cocker to liven up the stage of Lucca Summer Festival. A night dedicated entirely to Blues music, with great emotions from two great artists. While listening to the performance of this milestone of international music, one totally forgot that BB King is 86. The energy and passion with which he cranks up a stream of notes and his notorious sound become one thing with the performer, and only the present moment becomes important. His Lucille, this the name of his Gibson Les Paul guitar, accompanied his smooth fingers effortlessly, donating a great evening of music. Joe Cocker’s performance was just as special. His voice has not lost its distinguishing character, that scratching touch that even at the age of 67 moves...

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