Posts made in January, 2012

Useful Resources on Tuscany - 7

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January is almost over, and snow has not yet fallen on Tuscany, apart its mountains of course! There you can ski as much as you want and take in some of the mot gorgeous landscapes in Italy. At any rate, whether forecast says at the end of the week it should snow. Among other information on Tuscany, below are some videos and pictures of th region’s cities and countryside under a white mantle. It is hard to tell when snow hits Tuscany, but if you get to be spending your holiday while it does, you can consider yourself very lucky! There will also be some carnival, biking, luxury wine, booking and traveling in Tuscany tips, and a zest of Liguria with a homage to the little five cousins of Tuscany, Cinque Terre, which during last October were badly hit by a...

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A Travelers Guide to Arezzo, Tuscany

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Arezzo, a beautiful sun-drenched city on a Tuscan hill, was a wealthy Etruscan city, and then a wealthy Roman city before it became a satellite of Florence in 1384. Among Arezzo’s native sons was Petrarch, who invented the musical scale; Pietro Aretino, who was exiled because of his satirical writings against Papal Indulgences; and Giorgio Vasari, the artist and architect. It was also the home of the French born Guillaume de Marcillat, a glass stainer who came to live and work in Arezzo. His work was so well known that he was summoned to Rome by Pope Julius II. Marcillat worked beside Raphael and Michelangelo. Arezzo, being in the interior of country, is hot and rainy in the summer and can get cold in the winter. One place to visit in Arezzo is St. Francis’...

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Holocaust Memorial Day

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There is nothing more intense than the testifying power of images. The memory of one of the most atrocious infamies by mankind, the Shoa, must never die. I cannot remember who said “a nation who does not remember its errors is condemned to committing them again”. Sincerely, I cannot understand how neo-Nazist and neo-Fascist movements can continue to spring up and exist, but I am quite sure that ignorance plays a large role in shaping malleable minds oblivious to questioning. Therefore I decided to let images do the talking, hoping that some of those who negate the existence of Shoa, or Holocaust, will find the way back into conscious thinking, repudiating all sorts of discrimination, intolerance and racism. The following images are taken from a series...

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Useful Resources on Tuscany - 6

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As late as usual, here is another issue on what the web has to offer on Tuscany. To catch up with my once-a-week schedule I will have to write another Tuscan resource roundup in the coming days. So if you leave this one craving for more, before Sunday you will be getting another one. This post includes some of the most informative articles I could find online. Since this is the right time of the year to start looking for summer rentals in Tuscany, some of the links below will take you to quick read ups on tips and shortcuts to find good rentals at lower prices. Two resources are dedicated to Tuscan wedding locations and tips, so if you are eloping to Italy, be sure to check those out. Costa Concordia’s Possible Ecological Consequences I thought I would post...

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Pisa beyond The Leaning Tower

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Pisa offers much more than just the famous Leaning Tower. Aside the fact that in the Miracle Square the Tower is in the good company of the Cathedral, Cemetery and Baptistery, in town you will surely find much more for your eyes to gaze at in wonder. Pisa really is a little Italian treasure, even beyond the boundaries of “Piazza dei Miracoli”. Here artistic beauty is well matched by natural treasures. Starting with the coast, Pisa offers wild beaches such as the ones of Calambrone and Marina di Vecchiano. In San Rossore you will get to the nature park by the same name, while the city offers a very special botanical garden. The inland continues with a series of marvelous churches and historical buildings telling a long story of wars, hopes, hard work...

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