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Discovering Tuscany with an e-bike

You don't need to be a professional cyclist to tame the Tuscan hills. It's almost effortless with an e-bike. I spent an afternoon riding around near Montespertoli on an electric bike from Toscana by Bike.

The history of the Giglio of Florence

Giglio of Florence: The story behind the lily that turned out not be a lily at all.

A walk in Le Balze: the landscape behind Mona Lisa

A walk in one of the most unusual sceneries of Tuscany: Le Balze in the Valdarno area between Florence and Arezzo.

5 Tips for surviving the Uffizi Museum

Planning your visit to the word-famous Uffizi Museum can be quite a challenge. Discover how to avoid unpleasant surprises and make your visit an unforgettable one.

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Baccalunch

Baccalunch: the first all-baccalà restaurant of Florence

Baccalunch is the first restaurant in Florence with baccalà (salted cod) as main ingredient of every dish.

Florentine Marbled Paper

How Florentine Marbled Paper is made

Discover the secrets of how Florentine marbled paper is made. Did you know seaweed plays an important part in the century old process?

Painting Classes and La Dolce Vita in the Tuscan countryside

Dutch artist Marina des Tombe has made her home in the beautiful Chianti region where she offers painting courses from her house in the Tuscan countryside.

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