Autumn colours in the Garfagnana, Tuscany

La Garfagnana

Autumn is a good time to visit Florence, as the cooler weather and off peak tourist season allow the discerning visitor more time and space to appreciate the beauty of this amazing city. Should you be there for a longer period, it is well worth to extend a morning visit  to the must see walled city of Lucca, and spend the afternoon visiting the lesser known, but still as beautiful, area of Northen Tuscany called...

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Genoa: harbour city & much more

The northern city of Genova, in the Liguria region, is not a city known to the majority of visitors to Italy and maybe not even to Italians. Yet, in the eleventh and twelfth century it was one of the four leading “Maritime Republics” of the Italian peninsula, in 1451 Christopher Columbus was born here,  and in the Renaissance period it enjoyed incredible prosperity prompting important artists such as Anton Van Dyck to move here. Spending time...

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Making pappardelle Italian way

Pasta Cooking Class in Florence, Tuscany

What we propose is to spend an afternoon, or morning if you prefer, with a local Italian chef in his/her home. Please note: This is not a touristy experience as we only hold some classes during the year.  Our chef will be happy to share his knowledge of pasta making with you, at this home, using seasonal produce and his cookery art. We can organise a transfer for you to arrive at his/her home, with a driver picking you...

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A dream called Florence Villa Violetta

Frances Mayes conceived her dream in ‘Under the Tuscan sun’ in Cortona; my dream had its genesis near Villamagna, a small hamlet, twelve kilometres from Florence in the municipality of Bagno a Ripoli. The panoramic beauty of the terraced landscape with views of the majestic Duomo captivated me during my parents time in the Villa. On the death of my parents over a decade ago with limited personal resources, I bought the remaining shares from...

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Andrea del Verrocchio e Leonardo Palazzo Strozzi Florence

Andrea del Verrocchio – exhibit in Florence - March 9-July 14, 2019

Palazzo Strozzi, one of the most beautiful renaissance palaces in Florence is housing a great exhibition dedicated to Andrea del Verrocchio, a fantastic artist who was not only Leonardo’s master, but also represented a trait-d’union between artists active at the beginning of the fifteenth century such as Donatello and Desiderio da Settignano to mention the most famous ones, and artists active in the second half of the fourteen hundreds such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Leonardo...

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