Tag Archives Tuscany

The secrets of pici pasta from Tuscany

I am just back from a two-weeks break in Tuscany where I stayed a short distance from Siena, in the area known as Colli Senesi. Gentle hills studded with olive groves, vineyards, oak forests and medieval towns, - this is the land of the famous Chianti wine. It is also home to some of the ...

Eat Like a Local in Florence

I am starting a new series of posts called “Eat like a local” where locals from across Italy will share their tips about local traditional foods and dishes that are not widely known to foreigners. You will learn where the locals eat in Florence, what shops and markets they go to. I would like my ...

Nature Walks Around Florence

Florence is a great destination not only for art and architecture lovers. Hiking near Florence is fantastic as there are also many great nature walks around the city. The province of Florence has just launched a new website with detailed descriptions of 60 itineraries in 15 protected areas. The walks are listed in different categories: on foot, on horseback, on ...

Car-Free Islands in Italy

Looking for a green destination without noisy crowds and cars? There are a few islands in Italy that are off limits to cars. There you can bike, walk and enjoy clean air. Alicudi, Sicily Leave your car behind, hope on a ferry and head to this charming island that is part of the Aeolian volcanic archipelago in ...

Small Campsites in Italy

Camping can be a great option for traveling Italy on a budget. But what about the noise of camping activities, queues in the shower and tents pitched side by side? Camping villages and sites tend to get very crowded as many of them offer on average 150-200 pitches. But, as I have discovered, there are some ...

Travelling by Vintage Train

Is there anything more romantic than travelling by train in Italy? Yes, travelling by VINTAGE train! The Italian state railway foundation runs a project “Timeless railways” with excellent itineraries in Lombardy, Tuscany, Abruzzo and Sicily for those who want to travel at a slow pace in old restored steam and diesel trains.The “Val D’Orcia Railway” ...

The Forbidden Island of Montecristo, Tuscany

The island of Montecristo of the Tuscan Archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea has officially become uninhabited. The last nature reserve keeper and his wife left the island about a month ago due to the budget cuts. Montecristo is not easy to visit.  Until a few years ago only scientists and park rangers could disembark at Cala Maestra, the island's natural harbour, ...