Tuscany

Pienza: the perfect Tuscan hilltown

Ok... I'm going to ask you all to be quiet about what I'm going to tell you, and insist you don't share this information... but in my opinion, Pienza...
Detail from Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, Italy. photo: Goran Bogicevic / Alamy Stock Photo

Inside the House of Medici (Part I): Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Detail from Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, Italy
Panforte from Siena

Italian Christmas Delicacy: Panforte di Siena from Tuscany

Panforte is a typical dessert originally from Siena, Toscana region. It’s a type of spiced bread that can be enjoyed all year long, but especially...
Florence Cathedral from Giotto's bell tower — Photo by elleonzebon

On top of the world, on top of Florence’s Duomo!

Florence’s cathedral—Santa Maria del Fiori, or simply il Duomo , as it is known to the Florentines, is a fantastic piece of architecture. Every time...
Arrosto d’Urbino

Arrosto d’Urbino

Marche is an underrated region of Italy; not as famous as Tuscany or Umbria, but just as beautiful, historic, and fascinating as anyplace in this...

Travelling to Italy with Victoria: Florence

Victoria's trip in Italy has officially started. Her return to Italia began in the “cradle of the Renaissance”, Florence! My Day on the “Other Side”…...
Orsanmichele a trip into the past

Orsanmichele, a trip into the past

One of my favorite places in Florence is Orsanmichele. During a recent trip to Florence, as I was walking down Via Calzaiuoli, I was delighted to...
Portrait of Galileo Galilei. Italian School after J. Sustermans. Photo credit: Wellcome Library

Arcetri and Other Traces of Galileo's Life in Florence

As anyone who has ever been in Florence already knows, the Tuscan city abounds in all kinds of “traces” left by Italian geniuses of the past. One...
Mi Garba doesn't only serve authentic Tuscan food: it also conveys the heart of the Italian philosophy of life: Live simply and eat well. Photo courtesy of Mi Garba

Andrea Tempestini’s Mi Garba: a slice of Tuscany in NYC

Step into Mi Garba, just south of Union Square, and you will feel as though you have left New York City far behind. You are in Tuscany now, but you...
Agriturismi in Tuscany

Agriturismi in Tuscany

Our Tuscan Muse introduces the agriturismo, taking a tour around the Tuscan valley. Tuscany is one of the most prosperous agricultural regions in...

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