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*WINE NEWS : HERITAGE GRAPEVINES IN THE VALDARNO

The Mannucci Droandi vineyard near Caposelvi is located in the Valley of the Arno, about half-way between Florence and Arezzo (15 minute drive by taxi from Montevarchi train station or from the Valdarno exit on the A-1 highway). Roberto Droandi has had a life-long interest in local wines, and specializes in biological growing techniques as […]

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Wine news: Heritage grapevines in the valdarno

The Mannucci-Droandi vineyard near Caposelvi is located in the Valley of the Arno, about half-way between Florence and Arezzo (15 minute drive by taxi from Montevarchi train station or from the Valdarno exit on the A-1 highway). Roberto Droandi has had a life-long interest in local wines, and specializes in biological growing techniques as well […]

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* An Insider’s Guide to Florence & Local Events ??

Benefit from a local’s knowledge of Florence, local Museums, good Restaurants and Special Events  !!   Are you a bit daunted by the amount of things to do and see in Tuscany?  Are afraid to develop a classic case of  Stendhal syndrome ??                     Make life […]

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*Montevarchi Farmers’ Market

This is the sign for the Farmers’ Market Address: piazza dell’Antica Gora, Montevarchi open Monday through Saturday : 9-13 & 16-20.30 For centuries,  Montevarchi has been a center for the retailing and distribution of high-quality products from the Valdarno, the Chianti and the Pratomagno: free range chickens and rabbits, artichokes and golden zolfini beans, stone-pressed […]

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*A Medieval Festival in Bevagna

Don’t miss the Mercato delle Gaite in Bevagna during the month of June Bevagna is a small medieval town in Umbria, near Assisi, with a population of under 5,000 inhabitants. Every month of June the town re-creates its medieval past. The inhabitants dress in 14th-century costume, and each quarter of the city (called the four […]

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*Sergio Cellai – Carpenter

Carpenter of Mercatale Valdarno (AR) – Sergio Cellai Sergio Cellai has a workshop that borders on a stream that used to run the village mill at Mercatale Valdarno. He learned his trade from his father, and specializes in making traditional Tuscan windows, doors, and shutters in a time-honored fashion. This is an important craft for […]

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*The Tower of Galatrona

A Medieval Tower at Galatrona  (12th century) Perched on top of the skyline of the Siena hills, the tower of Galatrona is the only vestige left of a castle that once marked the boundary between the territory of Siena and that of Arezzo until it was captured by Florence in 1335. Used as a fortified […]

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*Children at Il Poggiolo

Children at Il Poggiolo – nature, bugs and soccer Children love the countryside and the freedom of being able to run down dirt roads and across fields. For the more intrepid, the woods offer deer tracks and (if you are very lucky) black and white porcupine quills. Highlights at different ages will include communicating with […]

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Sting apre negozio di prodotti biologici a Figline Valdarno

Lo sapevate che Sting e sua moglie Trudi Styler hanno di recente aperto un negozio di prodotti biologici vicino a Il Poggiolo, a Figline Valdarno? Nel ’97 Sting e Styler hanno comprato Villa Il Palagio completo di ulivi, boschi, e un fienile convertito in uno studio musicale. Ora c’e’ anche il negozio dove vendono prodotti […]

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Sting’s Organic Produce Store in Figline Valdarno

Sting and his wife Trudie Styler open an Organic Produce Shop in Figline Valdarno In 1997 Sting and his wife Trudie bought Villa Il Palagio in Figline Valdarno. The estate consists of a large villa and woods, vineyards, olive groves, and a converted barn that functions as a recording studio. Situated in the Arno valley […]

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