While you are in Florence, do not miss the chance to enjoy a typical Renaissance dinner, hosted in a charming place, the Borghese Palace, where you will be able to feel the charming atmosphere.
Take part in the rich banquet, which is fully served by waiters dressed in original Renaissance costumes, giving you the idea of being a true ancient noble of that age.
A 4-course meal and fine Florentine wines are waiting for you, as well as the so-called corte in Italian, which used to be composed by musicians, dancers and jester. You will see two players, having harp, flute, a soprano singer, two dancing couples and a jester, ready to jump around the tables trying to involve you, while hearing some music of that time.
According to what you like and what you don’t like, you can easily plan what to do in Tuscany even before arriving there.
If you like museums and galleries, you have to go to Florence, of course and spend at least half a day in the Uffizi museum before visiting all the other beauties of the city. This region is full of art galleries, statues (think about Michelangelo’s David) and galleries: check on the internet which one is your favorite and see if you can book the ticket on-line.
If you prefer music, there are several events in Tuscany, such as the seasonal Maggio Fiorentino, which takes place in May, and the opera season, which is of the best ones in Italy. If you have a chance, go to the Puccini Festival: it’s simply amazing.
Are you visiting Florence all day long at in the afternoon you get hungry? Mama’s Bakery is the your solution, since it is the go-to spot for American food in the city. Order a plain bagel with some good cream cheese (which is made of herb and garlic), or a club sandwich, or all the American food you can think of.
Tourists are crazy about the place, the Italians a little bit less, since it is a little bit expensive, according to them. You have to keep in mind that, for them, a sandiwich is just something cheap and quick to make, due to the fact that in Italy people don’t use that much topping.
But never mind, since it’s the only American bar where you can taste the original cupcakes, muffins, cheesecake, cinnamon buns and whoopie pies, maybe during a sunny day, sitting outside in the dehor, or inside, chatting with the waiters. The desserts take advantage of seasonal fruits and, of course the American-style coffee.
Vino Nobile from Montepulciano is a special red wine, one of the jewels of Tuscany, dating back in Etruscan age. It is protected with a Docg (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) and appreciated worldwide since its production has been developed in the sixties. Sangiovese, here called Prugnolo Gentile (70%), and Canaiolo Nero (20%) are the two grape varieties combined in this superb wine.
Today Montepulciano opens the doors of its main museum – Pinacoteca Crociani, to the world of wine. From February 18th the museum will become a theatre and a meeting point between producers and consumers of Vino Nobile. 30 companies will display their specialities, experts, journalists and gourmet from around the world will elect what will be the protagonists in local wine’s production.
Terre di Toscana arrives to its third edition in 2010. Two days (7 and 8 March) devoted to the best Tuscanian wines in Lido di Camaiore, in Versilia, the coast near Lucca and Pisa.
More than 500 operators will create a peaceful and participatory atmosphere, offering their best products in free tastings. Almost all districts of Tuscan wine are represented, with different stylistic impulses that enrich them.