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November 08, 2018

Tuscany's 'mezzadria', what the Chianti owes to sharecropping

Tuscany, Chianti, Culture

The development of agriculture and wine producing in the Chianti owes much to the system of sharecropping, 'mezzadria', that existed in Tuscany from the late Renaissance to post-WWII.


November 07, 2018

Gulf of Baratti, the great Etruscan seaport

Museums, Historical landmarks, Southern coast of Tuscany

The only Etruscan burial site ever found by the sea, the necropolis at Baratti was also for three centuries one of the most flourishing centres of iron smelting and trade...


November 06, 2018

The mysterious Battle of Anghiari

Museums, Culture, Arezzo and Cortona

While the Battle of Anghiari was one of the most talked about and frequently represented battles of its era, it was also one of the strangest. Yet Leonardo da Vinci's...


October 10, 2018

Equi Terme - The Alpine hamlet where the ancient Romans took the cure

Hiking, Active, Museums, Garfagnana and the Apuan Alps

The sheltered medieval hamlet of Equi Terme sits on the slopes of the mighty Pizzo d’Uccello peak in the Apuan Alps. Named for the mineral rich spa that eased the...


October 10, 2018

The Jewish ghetto of Pitigliano

Museums, Historical landmarks, South of siena, Culture

​In the striking town of Pitigliano, high on its tufo ridge, a Jewish settlement begun in the 15th C. flourished to such a degree that the city was known as...


October 09, 2018

Siena's hidden rivers: The Bottini

Siena and surroundings, Museums, Historical landmarks

As a city built on a hill, Siena had to confront the problem of where to find a reliable supply of water, particularly if under siege. Taking inspiration from the...


October 09, 2018

The Partisans of Northern Tuscany and the village that doesn't forget

Museums, Historical landmarks, Garfagnana and the Apuan Alps

In the final years of World War II, German military reprisals against the Italian Resistance movement horrified Northern Tuscany with the brutal annihilation of a mountain village. Seventy-five years may...


October 09, 2018

Discover Pontormo, the artist Vasari snubbed

Florence and surroundings, Museums, Culture

Neglected for centuries and belittled by the biographer Vasari, the Tuscan artist known as 'Pontormo' is a discovery worth making. Ignore the Renaissance bad press, seek out his works and...


October 05, 2018

Historic Re-enactments in Central Tuscany

Central Tuscany, Festivals and Events, Food and wine

Many Central Tuscan hill towns like Volterra, Casole d'Elsa, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni have impressive full costumed re-enactments of former glory days.


October 04, 2018

Why are there so many hill towns in Tuscany?

Central Tuscany, Florence and surroundings, Historical landmarks, South of siena

It is not a coincidence that many of the towns visited in Tuscany require an uphill climb, nor was it a fluke that early settlers headed for the higher ground....


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