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Ribollita

23/05/2013

Our Tuscan cuisine is world famous – and one of the joys of renting a villa from TuscanDream is the fact that we can bring a fabulous bilingual chef to your villa to not only prepare a sensational feast, but also to give you and your guests a Tuscan cooking lesson.  But if you can’t run off to Tuscany today we thought we’d give you a little taste of Tuscany to whet your appetite! One…

Il Palio

09/05/2013

Twice a year, every July 2nd and August 16th, Siena comes alive as the world famous il Palio horse race is held on the Piazza del Campo. There are 17 contrade in Siena, the equivalent of city districts, and ten of them race on July 2nd. The seven communes who did not participate in the first event race on August 16th in a ten horse field which is augmented by three horses from other communes…

A TuscanDream Wine Tasting Tour in Tuscany

04/04/2013

Coming to Tuscany and not sampling our wine is like dining at one of the best restaurants in the world  (and we have several such restaurants here in Tuscany!) while you’re on a diet!   Most people are familiar with our Chianti wine region, but we are blessed with much more!  We have the Vino Noble di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino made primarily with Sanigovese grapes and the amazing white wines Vernaccia di San Gimignano…

Lucca Antiquities Market

20/03/2013

My favourite city in Tuscany, actually in all of Italy, is Lucca. Founded by the Etruscans it became a part of the Roman Empire in 180 B.C. The city really prospered in the 11th Century as a silk trading center and in 1160 became an independent Republic. It was perhaps the richest of the Italian city states, and the architecture reflects it. The city’s opulent mansions and villas are only eclipsed in beauty by the…

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