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Famous Grapes, Famous Wines: A Quick Tour

Famous Grapes, Famous Wines: A Quick Tour

Posted by Darya Camacci on July 8 2016

With more than a million vineyards and more than 2,000 types of grapes, Italy's winemaking is simply an art form.

Despite many new entrants garnering attention, only France and sometimes, Spain, competes with Italy for the distinction of world's largest wine producer. The United States is third.

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Topics: Italian Wines, Tuscany

5 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo’s David

5 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo’s David

Posted by Mira Todorova on May 6 2016

Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze is probably the world's most well-known sculpture. Michelangelo sculpted his masterpiece, based on the biblical story of David and Goliath, in 1501, at the age of 25.

However, there are a few things about the famous statue that you may not know.

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Topics: David, Florence, art, history, Tuscany

Why Balsamic Is the Best Vinegar Around

Why Balsamic Is the Best Vinegar Around

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 22 2016

The city of Modena, in the Modena region of Italy, is famous for three things:

  • The late Italian opera singer Pavarotti was born here.
  • The famous Ferrari museum is near here.
  • Traditional balsamic vinegar is produced here.

The Malpighi family is one of the oldest producers of balsamic vinegar in Modena. The president, Massimo Malpighi, is the fifth generation of the family to run its factory, open since 1850.

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Topics: custom tours, italian food, Tuscany

For Renaissance Art, Catch 3D Movie Set in Florence

For Renaissance Art, Catch 3D Movie Set in Florence

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 17 2016

A documentary that brings Florence's art and architecture to life is being shown in small arthouse theaters across the country.

"Florence and the Uffizi Gallery: A journey into the heart of the Renaissance" has a new twist on the documentary form: It's in 3D and ultra-high resolution 4K.  

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Topics: architecture, Florence, art, history, Tuscany

Super Tuscan Wines: From Table Fare to International Fame

Super Tuscan Wines: From Table Fare to International Fame

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 15 2016

It’s hard to believe that Super Tuscan wines were once considered low quality wines, unworthy of being labeled anything above a table wine.

Today these reds are some of the most well-known and prized Italian wines. They hold a special place among all wine connoisseurs for their high quality and full-bodied taste.

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Topics: Italian Wine, italian culture, northern Italy, history, Tuscany

Chianti: The Pride of Tuscany

Chianti: The Pride of Tuscany

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 8 2016

Chianti is the name of a red wine and also the largest zone in the world famous Italian wine region, Tuscany. 

Once served in straw bottles as table wine, Chianti can cost as little as $10 or as much as $365 for the more vintage Chianti wines. Wine lovers know this region well, for it’s also the home of Montepulciano and Montalcino wines, as well as Super Tuscan wines. 

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Topics: Italian Wines, custom tours, history, Tuscany

The Art of Tuscany

The Art of Tuscany

Posted by Megan DeAngelo on April 3 2016

Appreciating the universal language of art makes us fully human. Some of the most timeless art in the world can be found in Italy’s Tuscany region.

Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is where the birth and maturation of the Renaissance from the 14 th to the 16 th century occurred. It was here that the mighty Medici family nurtured young artists who are now considered old masters.
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Topics: David, Florence, art, Tuscany