One of the magical experiences of visiting Italy is watching master artisans at work This craftsman is in the town of Volterra, in Tuscany, a place known for its alabaster creations. Photo by Theodore Scott, flickr.com read more »
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The Palio, held in Siena Tuscany each July 2 and August 16, is so much more than just a horse race. It is an age-old tradition that makes up the very fabric of this charming Tuscan city. Watch this video to learn more about how Siena is preparing for this summers race: read more »
Our new feature on ItalyTravel.com is The Italy Mix, a post about the most interesting Italy and Italy travel news and human interest stories around the Web each week. Here are our top picks for this week: Meet the Three People Pope Francis Wanted Front and Center: Pope Francis celebrated his Inaugural Mass at the [...] read more »
Weve started a new feature on ItalyTravel.com, it is called The Italy Mix and it is a post about the most interesting Italy and Italy travel, news and human interest stories around the Web each week. Here are our top picks for this week: Papal Conclave to Start Tuesday: Cardinals have gathered at Vatican City to [...] read more »
The legend told by Virgil, wants Cortona was founded, in time, by the mythical Dardano in the place where the hero he lost his helmet (Corys), hence the name Coritus or become Corjtus Cortona years.Dardanus was one of the ancestors of King Priam ... King of the Trojan War, the beautiful Helen and the horse of Ulysses.Later Cortona was Umbrian, Etruscan and Roman then be, after the period of the barbarian invasions, a free city under Uguccio CasalCortona is a quiet and romantic town nestled in the beautif... read more »
Tuscany is simply a dream any time of year. But can you imagine the rolling hills of Chianti covered in snow? This photo is from a beautiful snowfall in 2009. It doesnt snow very often in Tuscany but when it does, what a sight to behold. Photo by artistica2004, flickr.com read more »
Spaghetti alla Fornaia
INGREDIENTS350 gr Spaghetti or bibs50 gr shelled walnutsA bunch of basil4 tablespoons of Parmesan cheeseOlive oilSalt and pepperPREPARATIONFinely chop the walnuts. In a large frying pan put the walnuts, chopped basil and plenty of olive oil, because you have to get a thick cream, pesto type. Add the grated Parmesan cheese and heat. Meanwhile, cook the spaghettislightly underdone. As soon as they are cooked, pour into the pan and stir. Serve hot.
INGREDIENTI350 gr Spaghetti o b... read more »
CENCI typical Tuscan sweet carnival
300 g flour
50 g sugar
30 g butter
A glass of vin santo and grappa
A pinch of salt
Oil for frying
Mix the flour with the eggs, sugar, melted butter, a glass of liquor (I have not made because I have small children, I used milk), a teaspoon of orange zest and a pinch of salt.
Work well in order to obtain a smooth dough, make a ball and let it rest for about an hour in a cool place.
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Carnival is a worldwide celebration that has an ancient origin. Etimologically, the word carnival comes from the Latin "carnem levare", because it was the abolition of meat which was held just before the period of astinence and fasting of Lent.The carnival has always been an holiday full of joy where everyone can celebrate with masks, rice and have fun before the fast. The mask is a way to come out from everyday life, to get rid of social roles, to hide oneself in order to become more.The carnival of Via... read more »