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Food & Wine, Tuscany

Ode To The Humble Sfoglia

Something magical happens throughout Florence at about 4:00 every afternoon: in bar pasticcerie (pastry shop cafés) all over town, the day’s second batch of sfoglie come off the cooling racks and into display counters everywhere, luring, tempting, enticing the afternoon crowd coming in for their afternoon coffees (ristretto, macchiato freddo,…

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Pienza The Perfect Renaissance City
History, Tuscany

Pienza, The Perfect Renaissance City

Pienza, was nothing but a small village until 1462 when Pope Pius II passing again from his birthplace from Rome to Mantua decided to transform the look of his birthplace into a new concept of what should have been a renaissance city. He chose the architect Bernardo Rossellino, who applied…

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The Legend of the Gallo Nero (Black Rooster)
Food & Wine, Tuscany

The Legend of Gallo Nero

Many people have seen the famous “Gallo Nero” (black rooster) logo, the symbol of Chianti Classico wine, which has also become the emblem of Tuscany; yet very few are familiar with its significance or origins. During the Middle Ages, The Republic of Siena and Florence were always at war ,…

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