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November 15, 2018

Palazzo Davanzati - how the well-to-do lived in the Middle Ages

Florence and surroundings, Museums, Historical landmarks

​For the best look at how a well-to-do family lived in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, stop at this ancient Florentine tower house.


November 13, 2018

Visitors who gave the Bay of Poets its name

Culture, Northern coast of Tuscany

Reading like a literary Who’s Who, a Bay of Poets guest book records the visits of well known writers, painters and artists, ranging from Dante and Petrarch to D.H. Lawrence...


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

Galileo: Astronomy and House arrest

Florence and surroundings, Museums, Historical landmarks

Galileo, the great Italian physicist, astronomer and philosopher born in Pisa, finished his life in Arcetri, a region south of Florence, blind, suffering from insomnia, but ever prolific.


November 06, 2018

The mysterious Battle of Anghiari

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

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

South of siena, Museums, Historical landmarks, 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...


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