Monthly Archives: January 2015

Castagnaccio (chestnut flour cake) recipe


This is an amazing recipe for the winter weekend! It is not too sweet and it is healthy. It’s a cake, but no sugar, yeast or baking powder are needed. It also contains pine nuts and walnuts that are good for your system. In Tuscany we typically make it in November & December because we pick up the chestnuts and prepare the flour in November and like all the flours is better if you use…

Travel to Tuscany


Getting to Tuscany by air is quite easy.  We have two international airports in Pisa and Florence, but many of our TuscanDream luxury villas are less than a two hour drive from Rome’s Fiumicino airport, Bologna and Genoa. It depends where your villa or hotel is located and where you are flying from to determine which airport is best to fly into for your Italian vacation. If you are staying in a TuscanDream villa in…

2014 Favorite Table Arrangements – We love long tables!


This past year we really had the chance to create some beautiful long table arrangements. Here some quick snaps of the ones we loved the most! All the 3 of them will be featured in wedding blogs in the month so stay tuned for more details. A castle setting is the perfect place to use long tables and in this case we did a U shape table to create that medieval banquet feel. Using silver…

Tuscany, a shopper’s paradise!


Tuscany has always been a shopper’s paradise – and now with the United States dollar having gained over 10 percent against the Euro it’s even better! Whether you’re looking for designer goods, ceramics, shoes and other leather goods, antiques or jewelry, we’ve got bargains galore! The Luxury Outlet “The Mall” is located 30 minutes southeast of Florence on the Via Europa 8, Leccio Regello (Florence) features a host of designer goods at about thirty percent…

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