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    The Art of Tuscan Life with author Frances Mayes

    Author Frances Mayes’ new book is a travel memoir that explores Italy from north to south On this dreary winter morning, Hillsborough author Frances Mayes already has picked out her recipe for dinner. Her copy of Joshua McFadden’s “Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables” is open on the kitchen counter, revealing a colorful casserole dish of Roasted Fennel with Apples, Taleggio Cheese and Almonds.

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    Wed in Tuscany, Rock Star Style

    Interested in getting married in Tuscany? We’ve been there, done that! There are lots of things to navigate so we’ve got a whole website dedicated to sharing great style tips, hotels, menus, and legal issues about getting hitched in the Italian countryside. Check out Tuscan-Wedding.com and Buona fortuna! FLORENCE, ITALY – Sting and Trudie Styler were married under the Tuscan sun at the Villa Il Palagio, the couple’s rustic Italian countryside 16th century home located just an hour south of Florence near the medieval town of Figline Valdarno. Perched high above rolling Tuscan hills, Il Palagio offers endless views of the countryside, vineyards, olive groves, blossoming gardens and an unparalleled biodynamic culinary experience in…

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    The Top 7 World Heritage Sites in Tuscany

    Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science, and contain well-known museums such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. Tuscany produces wines, including Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino. Having a strong linguistic and cultural identity, it is sometimes considered “a nation within a nation”. Seven Tuscan localities have been designated World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Florence (1982); the historical centre of Siena (1995); the square of the Cathedral of…

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    Films in Tuscany: A Calm Surface, an Inner Rawness

    Edited by Alberto Zambenedetti, contributors to this World Film Locations: Florence anthology look at some of the very best of the hundreds of films shot in Florence and the role the city itself plays in these films. As Zambeneddetti explains in his introduction, directors have generally taken two approaches when filming in Florence: “some have been so enamored with its calm, glistening surface that they have not attempted to get to its core, its inner rawness, its violent past,” while “others have tried to engage its mystery, scratching the glossy patina and finding beauty in its troubled history.” For most of the world, Florence is known through the eyes of a…