THE EXCELLENCE OF LEATHER CRAFTMANSHIP IN TUSCANY

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For offering the highest quality leather goods, accessories, and clothing and there is no better place to see fine workmanship in action than Tuscany, the epicenter of Italy’s artisanal crafts. The leather craftsmen of the Tuscan region utilize production methods that have been handed down through generations to produce unique, inspiring leather goods of unrivalled quality. When you purchase a …

Tuscany’s Chocolate Valley

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Wine, olive oil, and leather, there’s another treat in store for those who are fortunate to visit the region: chocolate. Tuscany is undoubtedly a place in which time-honored production techniques are adopted in favor of mass production and cost-cutting shortcuts. So, as with everything else that is crafted in this region, chocolate is made following painstaking techniques that have been …

THE USE OF TUSCAN EXTRA VIRGIN OIL IN COSMETICS

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For producing olive oils of the highest quality and this reputation is fully justified. Some of the world’s most renowned oils come from Tuscany, and the area’s single-estate bottled oils are the most coveted and expensive. The flavor of olive oils is dictated by the type of olive tree, the soil in which it is planted, and the amount of …

Luminaria: The Festival Of Lights In Lucca

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On the calendar for the people of Lucca as they take to the streets holding candles to celebrate the Luminaria di Santa Croce. While the origins of the festival are not fully known, some people believe that it is a traditional event that was originally held to celebrate the merchants of the area, while others believe it has its roots …

Vinci: The Village Of Leonardo

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A green area divided between the provinces of Pistoia, Prato and Florence. The municipality of Vinci is part of the province of Florence. There are plenty of things to see in Vinci and many of them are related to Leonardo’s life: the house in which he was born, just 3 kilometres from Vinci in the middle of the countryside, the …

La Verna Sanctuary In Tuscany

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Where St. Francis was venerated, is immediately apparent to any visitor who steps foot in this fascinating area of Tuscany. The main spiritual and religious site of Casentino is that of The Sanctuary, which is located on Mount Penna, or Mount of La Verna, as it is also known, in the province of Arezzo just above Chiusi della Verna. Large …

The Casentino: A Magical And Hidden Jewel In Tuscany

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And is engulfed by vibrant green hills and soaring mountains. The entire valley is dotted with vineyards, olive groves, and forested areas. Crystal-clear streams flow from one magical spot to another passing by historic monasteries, Romanesque churches, quaint villages, and medieval towns. There is no better place to catch a glimpse of authentic Tuscan life than in the Casentino Valley. …

Chianti Classico Wine

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And it is produced throughout the Tuscan countryside. However, its real roots can be traced back to the historically fascinating region that lies between Siena and Florence. It was back in 1716 that the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo de’ Medici III, first declared that this region of Italy had permission to produce a wine that is now known as …

Typical Desserts In Tuscany

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Perhaps the most well-known Italian dessert is tiramisu, the Florentine version of which is named zuccotto. However, visitors to the region of Tuscany will soon learn that it is cantuccini with vin santo that is the most popular in this area. This delicious dish consists of small almond biscuits that are dipped into a sweet wine as an end of meal digestif. …

Via Francigena In Tuscany

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Which is translated as “the road that comes from France,” is one of the three big Christian pilgrimages together with the Spanish Camino de Santiago and the less well-known pilgrimage from Rome to Jerusalem. This ancient road commences at Canterbury Cathedral in southern England and progresses through Kent, the battlefields of the region of northern France, the peaks of the …