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With its rolling green hills,dramatic coastline and medieval villages perched on hilltops, it’s no wonder that film directors select the wonderful region of Tuscany as their film set. Both Italian and international directors have chosen Tuscany as a beautiful and characteristic backdrop to their films; hundreds of movies have been shot here. Thousands of tourists flock to Tuscany to witness the many places in which famous movies have been filmed, so if you’re unsure of what to see in Tuscany, then why not pay a visit to one of these stunning film locations… Continue reading »


Lorenzo the Magnificient

Lorenzo the Magnificient bust – National Gallert of art Washington. Photo by Gim Grady

The beautiful Renaissance city of Florence was the home to one of the most famous and influential families in all of the city’s history. The family in question is of course the Medici family, who were not only incredibly powerful but also extremely wealthy. One of the most important members of this Florentine family was Lorenzo Medici, who was later known as Lorenzo the Magnificent. Continue reading »

Dinner in Contrada Palio Siena Tuscany

The tables are ready for the dinner in contrada. Image: andtrap on Flickr

Every year, the Tuscan city of Siena hosts one of the most historic and colourful events in Italy. The event, which dates back to 1281, is the Siena Palio. The Palio is an important horserace that takes place around the Piazza del Campo. Practically the whole city gets involved, but it isn’t just the race itself which gets people riled up; the night before Palio is also not to be missed! Continue reading »

florentine football santa croce florence

The historic parade before the match (photo:

If Calcio Storico Fiorentino, or Florentine football, were to be summed up in one word, that word may well be ‘aggressive’! This rather brutal and bloody game goes back a long way, and it is said to be the origin of many modern ball games, such as football and rugby. So how did Florentine football actually come about? Continue reading »

Florence opera Don Juan

A scene from Don Juan, Teatro Comunale. Photo by Alessandro Polito

Are you keen on experiencing some incredible Italian opera? Well, look no further than the Renaissance city of Florence. Opera is a product of Florentine thinkers and dates back to the sixteenth century, when a rise in theatrical performances took place under the powerful Medici rule. So why not enjoy opera at its very famous, and very beautiful birthplace? Continue reading »

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