What wines should I drink in Tuscany?

Untying Tuscany – a quick guide to the wine region and its styles

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If you’ve ever wondered “what wines should I drink in Tuscany?” Tuscany Now are hear to provide some light! We spoke to eminent wine enthusiast Gary White for today’s feature, focussing on the range of wonderful wines which are so readily available in one of Italy’s most culturally and gastronomically rich regions – Tuscany.

Gary gives any budding oenologist a guided tour through this region, giving a brief overview of Tuscan wine history before revealing which grapes we should all hunt out when in the area!  Take a look at our map of Italy to get your bearings, and see what Tuscan villas you might stay in so you don’t have to drive after sampling these most wonderful grapes to the full…

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Vote for the Tuscany Now Cook-Off

Inspired by the culinary wonders of the Tuscan countryside, we challenged amateur cooks from around the world to enter an Italian Cook-off. From primi to dolce, beautiful dishes have been created and posted for all to attempt!

We have whittled down this fierce competition to twenty favourites, chosen for their impeccable Italian authenticity, presentation, creativity and cooking expertise.

 The creator of the winning dish will be offered a villa to stay in for a weekend, along with a cooking class from esteemed Signora Anna Bini. 

So which dish is the deserving one? Who has won the Tuscany Now Cook-Off? Please vote now!

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Italian landscapes – how do they speak to your emotions?

From the awe-inspiring drama of the Dolomites to the rolling, verdant plains of Tuscany to the turquoise Amalfi coast, Italian scenery is breathtakingly beautiful.

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Why do our holiday snaps sometimes fail to do these scenes justice?  We may not have professional cameras and technical capabilities, but there is something further lacking.  Have you ever noticed that a painting of a landscape, or an art photography shot, can capture some of the emotion you felt when you were there?  Tuscany Now compares photos of Italian landscapes with painterly renditions of the scene.  What do you think?  Do they capture more?

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Tuscany Now Cook-Off Competition

Cook off- competitionDo you enjoy cooking, being adventurous and adding a little spice to your kitchen?

Tuscany Now is giving you the chance to win a weekend get-away in the beautiful city of Florence, in our beautiful 15th century farmhouse Il Monte. All you need to do is cook up a dreamy dish that would tingle any Italian taste buds.

Up for grabs are 20 bottles of wine and a weekend away for two. Read more

Italian Cycling | An amateur’s guide

From the unapologetically pink apparel to the furiously fast pedalling, Italy’s biggest cycling race will be winding its way to Trieste for its close. When thinking of the calm breeze of rural Italy, the Giro d’Italia appears a raucous contrast, but in fact cycling is a way of life in Italy and has been for generations. The Giro, though more intense than even Wiggins could champion, represents an Italian passion. For those enthusiastic about the sport, cycling in Italy will provide perhaps the most authentic and rewarding form of appreciation. We take a look at what treats Italy has to offer, the brands to indulge in and the tips to help maintain your physical prime.

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Giro d’Italia 2014 | Italy on two wheels

The Giro 2014 is here!

Pedala piu veloce!  It’s that time of year again; Italy’s biggest bike race is about to hit the road.  And Italy really is the place for cycling – though the Giro d’Italia may be presented as the Tour de France’s little brother (the race being six years younger), Italy’s cycling heritage, passion and skill are widely known.  It took almost a half a century for a non-Italian to claim the winner’s pink jersey, challenging Italian supremacy.  There is even evidence that Leonardo di Vinci and his student, Gian Giacomo Caprotti sketched the bare bones of an early example of a bike as early as 1493!

Whether you are a keen cyclist going out there to try out the routes the professionals are tackling, an armchair supporter going out there to cheer on your chosen team in the sun, or simply going along for the ride, Italy has the landscapes, towns and history to keep you enthralled along each stage of the route.  We highlight some of the race’s best Italian attractions with the aid of John Foot, author of the excellent book Pedalare! Pedalare! (focussing on the engrossing history of this sport in Italy), and throw in what this Italian race has to offer for those less enamoured with the world of sweaty helmets and aching calves! Read more

Shakespeare in Italy


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 450 years on, Shakespeare’s plays are still considered pinnacles of English penmanship.  Italian locations populate his plays – Venice to Verona, Rome to Sicily – but do they suggest only fictional Elizabethan imaginings, or could they illustrate a personal knowledge of the country?  Could the grammar school-educated son of a Stratford glovemaker have written plays about a country he is unlikely to have visited?  Or is another hand behind these masterpieces – that of a certain wealthy aristocrat, perhaps?

William Shakespeare, part of the mercantile class, is unlikely to have had the wealth or status that facilitated travel.  Whether his plays illustrate a personal knowledge of Italy or not is a highly contested point between Stratfordians, (who believe Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare) and Non-Stratfordians, often Oxfordians (who believe he couldn’t have, and that de Vere may be the playwright).  We’ve spoken to lecturers and enthusiasts on both sides to highlight some key questions. Read more