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50 Trivia Facts About Italy 50 Trivia Facts About Italy
Trivia is always fun to know, especially about our beloved Italy and always when the trivia is about Tuscany.  We love sharing these tidbits with each other, particularly at dinnertime.  There is always one person who can top all of us with his knowledge of Italy.  Our lead driver, Carlo,…
Riposo – The Midday Siesta of Tuscany Riposo – The Midday Siesta of Tuscany
The midday lull that so many are accustomed to is taken care of nicely in Tuscany. There is no pushing yourself to work harder or trying to fight the urge to slow down and relax. During riposo, most stores, museums, churches, banks and businesses close so that the workers can…
Most Popular Italian Cookbook Most Popular Italian Cookbook
The Silver Spoon is arguably the most popular cookbook in all of Italy. It is a traditional wedding present for many brides. Known as the culinary "bible" of Italian cooking it is available in English. With over 2,000 recipes spanning 1200 pages, including photos, this cookbook is a "must have"…
The Ghost of Michelangelo The Ghost of Michelangelo
Lovers beware of outdoor trysts in Tuscany, after dark! A common Tuscan legend says that the spirit of Michelangelo comes out at night in the woods and groves. He appears without warning, walking among the trees singing. He loves to tease couples and when he finds a couple hidden among…
Lagotto Romagnolo Lagotto Romagnolo
These gorgeous dogs are the experts at finding mushrooms and truffles in Tuscany. With their keen sense of smell, they are prized by their owners and carefully guarded. "Italian Water Dogs" are also very expensive, ranging in price from $1500 - $2500. Their ancestors were expert water retrieving dogs. Now…
Simplicity Simplicity
Tuscan cuisine is known for its simplicity typically using only four to eight ingredients. "La cucina povera", or peasant cooking is the origin of all Tuscan recipes. In Tuscany, the elaborate preparation of dishes is not popular. Instead, Tuscans take great pride in the quality of ingredients that are used…
Pinocchio Pinocchio
"The Adventures of Pinocchio," is Carlo Collodi's story of the wooden marionette that transforms into a young boy. Carlo Collodi was the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini who was born in Florence, Tuscany. The story of Pinocchio was originally published weekly in the first Italian newspaper for children. The book…
Stendhal Syndrome Stendhal Syndrome
In 1979 Stendhal syndrome was first diagnosed in Florence. An Italian psychiatrist defined the disorder after treating over 100 cases among visitors to Florence. A psychosomatic disorder, the syndrome causes confusion, dizziness, fainting, increased heart rate and even hallucinations. What causes such a malady? Exposure to art, especially a large…
The Medici Family The Medici Family
The Medici family (Famiglia de' Medici) was the most powerful family of Florence, Tuscany. The family began their control in the 14th century ruling over the politics and banking system.The Medici family knew more about gaining power than other families who were equally as rich and ambitious. Their methods often…
The Val d'Orcia The Val d'Orcia
The Val d'Orcia in Tuscany was named after the river Orcia and spreads from Monte Amiata to the hills south of Siena. The expansive open vistas that blanket low hills are the delight of artists and photographers. The rows of cypress trees that Tuscany is so famous for, dot the…

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