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  • Local Wine Guide

    There are many wonderful wines produced in Tuscany and sipping your way through the region is a great way to get to know the landscape and the people.Most people know that Chianti wine has something to do with Tuscany, right? But what, exactly? Is  there a place called Chianti? Is Tuscany...

  • Guide to Florence's Bars and Pubs

    For this relatively small city, Florence has something for everyone looking for a spot or two to plant themselves for a drink in the evening. Florence's drinking vibe is mostly informal rather than posh, though the locals do love any excuse to get dressed up. Florentines tend not to drink much...

  • Cheap Eats under 10 euro

    Eating out in Florence needn't be a drain on your travel budget, there are plenty of inexpensive places to eat without compromising on taste and quality.In and around the central market of San Lorenzo there are some great choices for a quick lunch or even just a snack between sightseeing and...

  • Tuscan Food: Salumi

    Salumi is the collective name given to anything preserved and cured in salt, and particularly refers to cured meats (usually pork but sometimes seen made with game such as wild boar, definitely worth a try), such as prosciutto and salame. In Tuscany they play a large part in the every day diet,...

  • Tuscan Food: Dessert

    Cantuccini and Vin SantoWhile tiramisù may be the most well known of Italian desserts (a Florentine version is known as zuccotto), the most widely offered dessert in Florence is cantuccini with vin santo. Almond biscuits (cookies), which are quite hard and dry if eaten alone, are dipped into a...

  • Coffee Culture in Florence

    The home of coffee culture as most of the world knows it, originated here in Italy, even if coffee itself didn't. And yet, this adopted national drink has evolved to a point where Italians have developed an entirely different concept of coffee and a different way of drinking it to the rest of...

  • Florence's Artisan Quarter

    Florence's artisan culture is a rich one, based on centuries of traditions and skills and apprentices learning from their maestri. Even today, the city's artisans are still active and as proud as ever of their work, many still working in the most traditional of ways, while others have modernised...

  • Florentine Fashion Giants

    Florence is not, and has never been, shy about fashion. Florentines love dressing up and do put a lot of effort and make any excuse to put on their best outfits. From grandmothers to granddaughters, you will see a mix of styles and tastes out there, from floor length fur coats and pearls to the...

  • Florence Shopping Guide

    Shopping Areas:Duomo:Florence's centre is shopping mania. Let's start with the two main thoroughfares, with the more important stores starting on Via Roma (Gucci, Miu Miu, Pinko, Stefanel), which leads from Piazza Duomo to Piazza Repubblica, where Florence's main department store, Rinascente,...

  • Gold in Florence

    Gold and jewellery making made its way into the Florentine tradition relatively late in comparison with the other artisan traditions, but had a long-lasting effect on Florence. While goldsmiths were doing all right making garlands of gold wire and pearls for women's headdresses, it was Lorenzo...

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