Posts made in November, 2011

Last Minute Tuscany Offers Roundup

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The Holiday Season 2011-2012 is approaching fast, and I suggest spending your Christmas vacation in Tuscany. Whether it will be a farmhouse apartment, a private villa or a city hotel it doesn’t matter, as long as you can take advantage of the many last minute offers that are ongoing. At Lebbiano Residence you can enjoy the splendid setting near Florence, amidst fir woods that in the winter time get covered in snow for a very romantic effect. 10% discounts are offered on the property apartments. Villa Nievolina offers discounts of 30% on selected weeks. This lovely private villa is located near Pistoia in the renown thermal town of Montecatini Terme. From here you are also near the Mount Abetone, with splendid ski slopes, very convenient even for just a day...

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Christmas in Florence Apartments Discounted 30%

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There is a new property on ThriftyTuscany.com, actually, they are two Florence apartments that were just added by the owner and coming with a great offer: a staggering 30% discount on stays (weekly or for the weekend) from December 23, 2011 until January 8, 2012. Let me tell you about these two welcoming apartments in the heart of Florence. One is for two people, but also has a sofa bed in the living room, which would make it perfect for a family with two small kids or one grown-up. The other one is larger and has two double bedrooms, but also has a sofa bed in the living room. The one for four people includes two bathrooms with shower, while the smaller apartment has one full bathroom with shower. Both have been entirely renovated in recent times and offer all...

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The Best Restaurants in Florence

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Visiting Florence makes you hungry! All that walking around with your nose pointing up observing all the beautiful architecture the city offers is very distracting, but all of the sudden you feel a bite to the stomach, and a little lightheaded too. Maybe you are far away from your Tuscany apartments, and all the restaurants located in the city center become delicious, even those with the waiter trying to lure you in, even the tourist pizza place that would make a Pizza Hut a pizza haven. Alas! Stir away from the waiter and shut your eyes in front of the mushy pizza. You deserve to eat where they serve real food, one that after your first course is over still makes you crave for more. The following restaurants are five suggestions that will make your holiday in...

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You Bought Trufles in Tuscany: Can You Preserve Them?

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Tuscany is a land of Truffles. Just like many parts of Italy, the region grows many kinds in its woods. Not all of them are high quality and expensive kinds, and therefore need to be employed differently during the preparation of food. However, they all need to be cleaned and preserved in the same manner. If during your stay in Tuscan villas you happened to bring back some of these delicacies as a souvenir, these advices will help you preserve them and use them at their best. Cleaning Truffles The foremost operation ins the cleaning. You need to be very gentle and use only appropriate tools. Get a medium hardness brush, a sharp knife with a round tip and a dry clean cloth. Using the knife, start by gently scraping away all the thick lumps of dirt, paying attention...

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Malaspina Castle

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Nestled high in the Tuscan mountains overlooking the Lunigiana Valley, is the town of Fosdinovo, the home of the noble Malaspina family. Tourists are attracted to Fosdinovo for its excellent restaurants and rich history, much of which is centered around the Castlello Malaspina. The nine hundred year old castle is well known for its violent history and eerie legends, and serves as the inspiration for paranormal events hosted on nights when the moon is full. One such legend concerns Bianca Maria Aloisia, the beautiful young daughter of Jacopo Malaspina and Olivia Grimaldi. Bianca Maria suffered the unfortunate fate of falling in love with a man who did not meet with her parents’ approval. When threats of incarceration in the castle’s infamous dungeon did...

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