The stunning capital of Tuscany, Florence, is one of the most beautiful cities in the entirety of Italy. A bold statement, I know. But, considering that it’s the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, that’s a hard statement to contest.  Home to majestic architecture, lively squares, rich culture, history, and some of the best Italian food – it’s...

One crisp winter day in 2004, Uran Pelushi was walking along the banks of the Vivo, a creek in the Seggiano Valley in southern Tuscany. Unexpectedly, he noticed an object jutting from the leaf-covered earth. At first, it resembled one of the many charcoal-colored tuff rocks that cover the ground in the area. But as he cleared away the weeds around...

Italy is a country that has so much to offer, and one of the most beautiful regions is Tuscany. If you are looking to have an authentic Italian experience with your family, then staying at an agriturismo in Tuscany may be the perfect choice for you. What Is an Agriturismo in Tuscany?Agriturismo Tuscany is an introduction to Italian country life tha...

Visiting a Jewish quarter means approaching a fascinating world that perhaps many people still know too little about. It's not only a very ancient civilization, from which the three main monotheistic religions are derived, but also a culture with a strong identity that has found expression in literature, art, phylosophy, complex symbolism, and even...

The City of Carmel has a new international sister city! Cortona, Italy is Carmel’s fourth sister city, joining Jelgava in Latvia, Kawachinagano, Osaka, Japan and Xiangyang, Hubei, China. To celebrate the new sister city, the Rotary Club of Carmel and the City of Carmel are hosting an Italian experience. On February 17 a VIP event will host a Corton...

If you think of the cities of Tuscany, Livorno may not immediately spring to mind. With “rivals” like Florence, Siena and Pisa, it couldn’t be more difficult to stand out! Yet, the quaint port city that the great Amedeo Modigliani once called home has a lot to say and to show to its visitors. Its history is tied with that of Tuscany’s most notable...

If we think of Anghiari, located in the so-called Valtiberina Toscana, probably the first thing coming to mind is the famous battle that took place in this picturesque village between the troops of Florence and those of Milan. To make this historical event of 1440 known was Leonardo da Vinci, who dedicated his painting, now unfortunately lost, to t...

Raphael Sanzio, the son of the painter Giovanni di Sante di Pietro, can be considered an enfant prodige given that already at the age of seventeen he is referred to as a "magister" in the contract submitted to him for the creation of the altarpiece for the Baronci Chapel in the church of Sant'Agostino in Città di Castello, Umbria. Beginning in 1505...

Two destinations in Italy have made it into the rankings of the best villages in the world for tourists. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently unveiled its list of the top small communities catering to tourism around the world. The list includes 32 places across the globe, including in Spain, China, Israel and Vietnam. Two...

I felt like Indiana Jones exploring the Etruscan tumulus treasure tomb found in 1882 in Vetulonia and three others in succession down a country lane in Vetulonia in Tuscany... and I am a fully grown adult! On a warm June afternoon it was something wonderful to do in Maremma that had us all wondering what we would find next and got our heartbeats ra...