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A Weekend in Venice – Supping on the “Spritz”

IMAGINE...Imagine a city where every road is water, and every car a boat...Imagine Venice!Being a city of water it was fitting that we arrived under the November rain. The incredible thing was that you almost didn't notice the dark winter shower for the brilliance of the buildings which filled every corner of every glance. VAPORETTO #1Apart from the forbidding yellow border at each ‘station’, gliding down the Grand Canal in vaporetto no. 1 in the early evening couldn't have been more of a contrast to rolling underground on the northern line after a day in the London office. After 40 minutes of dark waves, cold air and twinkling lights we arrived at Arsenale in the east of the city.INSIDE THE LABYRINTHThe streets were gentle and quiet and you could hear the sound of the waves lapping against the road edge. The impressive lack of smog throughout the city and the silence of the streets is an instant and very welcome sensation.Admittedly November will be quieter than the height of summer but I was aware of a lovely overall sense of calm which filtered the calle. Within a matter of seconds we were already immersed in the gorgeous narrow backstreets of this magical city. There is something quite tempting about surrendering yourself to the labyrinth and seeing where it takes you...this time however, we knew where we were heading and once over the first little bridge,

Tattoo convention 13/14/15 november

Over 100 renowned tattoo artists from all over the world. Historians and veterans of the tattoo Maurizio Fiorini and Herbert Hoffmann. Exhibition of surrealist artists of Huma Entertainment Show Bodypainting Performance by World Bodypainting Association and by HR Giger Museum And also burlesque shows, body modification performance, art exhibitions and live music with bands such as Senser and Di Maggio Connection

Firenze WiFi free hotspot

Service FirenzeWifi allows connection to the Internet wirelessly. Just a phone and a laptop or smartphone to surf, chat, exchange mail and access to the information services of the Province and Municipality of Florence. In this phase, all users have at their disposal every day 1 hour time navigation and traffic 300Mbytes

“Tasting Caruso ”

The name Villa Caruso Bellosguardo derives from the incredible view it has thanks to its location in the Florentine Hills (Bello= nice, sguardo = view, look). The building actually dates back to its acquisition by the Pucci family in 1540!! They hired the architect and antiquarian Giovanni Antonio Dosio to transform what was essentially a farm into a noble home and park with natural and artificial aspects. At the end of the 19th century the villa passed into the hands of the Campi family; then in 1906 was purchased by the singer Enrico Caruso. At his death the villa changed hands many times, finally purchased by the Gucci family in 1990 and then by the city of Lastra a Signa in 1995.Dinner is on a late-fall theme and all food will be of course related to its perfect wine, chosen from amongst De Gustibus producers. Dinner will be held in one of the villa’s rooms and accompanied by a guitar duo playing tango and ethnic music.

Welcome to Buy Tourism Online! 16-17 november

BTO - Buy Tourism Online - is back in November, again at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence, with two days in which training takes centre stage. Riding high on the great success of the 2008 edition, BTO - Buy Tourism Online presents itself with:* Forums * Training Sessions * WorkshopsUnder the BTO - Buy Tourism Online “hat”, lie a whole series of initiatives which will make November 16th and 17th the most important and absolutely unmissable appointment of the whole season.

It’s Vino Novello time!

It's new wine time, or Vino Novello, as we Italians call it. Vino Novello is the first of the crop; it goes on sale on...


Monteriggioni is, without doubt, one of the most classical and best known Italian walled town. Since the Middle Age its fame was so big that also the great poet Dante Alighieri makes sign to his 'round enclosure' in the Divine Comedy (Hell, chant XXXI vv. 40-41). The town walls, nearly intact, cover a length of 570 meters and are alternated by 14 towers and two gates. The Senese Gate is at the base of a square tower while the Florence Gate is opened in the curtain and defended from one of the towers of the fortified perimeter.The town was built by the Senesis in the years 1213-1219 on a hilltop overlooking of the Cassia Road. Its ideal position allowed to control the Elsa and the Staggia Valleys in direction in Florence, the historic enemy of Siena, that at that time was rapidly expanding its territory.

Festival dei Popoli

A film festival is never a finished work, but a work in progress, an open shop, a kind of stop-frame that attempts to unite, in a brief encounter, the image of the world and the world of images, both in constant movement. Each festival, while following a direct historical trajectory (its own personal, human trajectory) is a self-contained event, both repeating and unrepeatable, capturing the evolution of thought and the more humble day to day work

Tomato Bread Soup : ” Pappa al Pomodoro “

In a 12-inch saute pan, heat the olive oil over a medium-high flame until hot but not smoking. Add the onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes, until onion is translucent. Add a pinch of salt. Add the chopped tomatoes and their juices and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let cook until the tomatoes begin to soften and break down, about 5 minutes.

Urban trekking in Tuscany

What is Urban Trekking? It's a new form of tourism, less structured and far from the famous circuits. A "wanderer" tourism more free and...

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