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Fantastic Activities in Florence

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Florence has a rich history, so there are plenty of things to indulge in. For the cultural connoisseurs, there are brilliant art and architectures tours and for those looking for gastronomic indulgences there is everything from wine tastings to cooking lessons.  

Here are some experiences to get you inspired:

1.       Galleria dell’ Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour

You don’t need to be an art history buff to appreciate the spectacular Renaissance works on display at these two galleries. Michelangelo’s iconic Statue of David is one of the many brilliant works at the Galleria della Accademia.

2.  Cooking Course with Dinner in Florence

The Italians are known for their cooking for a reason and on this tour you’ll find out why. At the Florence cooking school you’ll learn how to prepare classic Tuscan delicacies. You’ll then be able to taste your handiwork accompanied by fine wines. 


3.    Pisa Sightseeing

Go on a sightseeing tour of Pisa and see the gravity-defying Leaning Tower of Pisa.  Besides the famous leaning tower, there are plenty of other marvellous landmarks to explore in the Piazza dei Miracoli, including the Baptistery and the Cathedral.

4. Gucci and Prada Outlets

Keep your credit card handy because if you love shopping, this tour is not to be missed.  You’ll take a trip to the high fashion outlets that house some of Italy’s most luxurious labels including Gucci, Prada, Giorgio Armani and Fendi, all at discounted prices!

5. From Florence to Chianti by Vespa

What could be more relaxing than taking a leisurely drive through the rolling hills of Tuscany on a scooter? En route you’ll bypass breathtaking sights including medieval villages, castles and wineries.  

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Famous people vs. famous places

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Has your child gone to school this week and brought back friends with exotic names? Recently it seemed a trend among celebs to name their children after places, think David and Victoria’s son Brooklyn or Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger’s daughter Ireland, and Brad and Angie’s gorgeous Zahara. (Yes, we know the desert starts with an S – still.)
However recent these fashion-names may seem, we reckon there are more grown-ups who share their name with a place or city.  Did you know that Elizabeth ( in New Jersey), Helena ( Montana) and Charlotte (in North Carolina) are names of cities too? They say your name influences your personality so see if these celebrities have something in common with their name-sakes.

Victoria Beckham vs. Victoria (Australia)
victoria2Victoria Beckham, mother-of-four, former Spice Girl turned designer and married to one of the most eligible man in football. She once tongue in cheek said: “I like a man who can be a real friend, has a good sense of humor, a good pair of shoes and a healthy gold card.

Victoria is also the smallest, most densely populated state of Australia. Historically people travelled there to dig for gold and hoped for a fortune. Nowadays the state still has rugged landscape, scenic coastline but also modern thriving cities. Melbourne is the most popular and a tour will shows any visitor array of restaurants, culture and entertainment.

Florence and the Machine vs.
Florence (Italy)
florence2Florence Welsh is the front-woman of this Grammy nominated band with hits like Rabbit Heart and You’ve Got The Love.  Florence’s mother is a Harvard-educated professor of Renaissance studies.

Florence in Italy calls itself the birthplace of the Renaissance. Its entire city centre is acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Famous sites are the Galleria dell’ Academia and the Uffizi Gallery where a multitude of Renaissance paintings and sculptures are displayed.

Paris Hilton vs. Paris (France)paris2
Paris Hilton is great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton of the Hilton hotel chain. Fashionista, reality tv star and business woman, this lady might have inherited wealth, in June this year Variety dubbed the heiress The Billion Dollar Entrepreneur with more than 4.1 million Twitter followers and nose for what products consumers want.

Paris France, is a classy classic city: the city of love has always been a home for fashionistas. What is not to love about Paris. From Montmartre, Versailles and the Louvre, the capital city of France offers a plethora of culture and entertainment.Treat yourselves with dinner during lovely cruise on the Seine and afterwards enjoy some cheeky entertainment with tickets for The Moulin Rouge.

Orlando Bloom vs Orlando (US)orlando2
Orlando Bloom rolled straight from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama into one of the biggest cinematic trilogies: playing Legolas in the Lord of The Rings. Since then the actor’s been in hot demand and took on another trilogy this time as Will Turner in Disney’s Pirates of the Carribean.

The city Orlando is situated in central Florida and the fifth largest city of the state.  It’s almost synonym with the theme parks that are build here: Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando® Resort, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. These parks ensure children will have the time of their lives in the sunny state but it can all add up, so find a good deal and get the best Orlando tickets.

Photo credits Flickr: Victoria- Friskytuna/Mark Sombillo; Florence- JessicaSarahS/ Kevin Poh; Paris- Alex CD/Moyan Brenn; Orlando Schneewante/LOT

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A-to-Z of Places to See!

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Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland - conner395

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland - conner395

A is for Athens, Greece: Not only is Athens the largest city in Greece, but it’s one of the oldest in the world, with plenty of ancient monuments to show for it. An afternoon of sightseeing will undoubtedly take you to the Parthenon on the Acropolis; just don’t forget that there are canals, tombs, sanctuaries, and beaches to explore too!

B is for Berlin, Germany: Though once thought to be home to little more than war ruins, Berlin has become a thriving cultural city. Festivals take place throughout the year, and the city is home to the original technicolour Love Parade. Visit one of the many art museums or galleries around the city, take a historical tour, or see the famous Blue Man Group.

C is for Cádiz, Spain: Located at the very southernmost tip of Spain, Cádiz is home to some of Spain’s most beautiful beaches. Come for the Carnival of Cádiz, one of the world’s most famous fiestas, and once you’ve had enough song, music, and dance, it’s easy to take a day trip to Morocco via ferry or bus! continue reading

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They Aren’t Called French Fries? Trying Out the Local Cuisines

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I was more than a little nervous about giving up the fantastic variety of Californian cuisine for my move to London. Sure I’d be living in a fantastic neighbourhood (Kensington, ever heard of it?), taking fun classes (hi, field trips to Oxford, Parliament, the Globe), working a fun company, meeting tons of new people, and travelling like mad (read my Dublin post anyone?), but all I could think about as I jumped on that United jet was, what about burritos? Cheeseburgers? Pluto’s salads? As delightful as afternoon tea sounds, anyone who’s hopped on the “English cuisine” Wikipedia page can probably understand my hesitation. I’m sorry guys, but chip sandwiches? How does somebody even come up with that?

Chip Butty - Annie Mole

Chip Butty - Annie Mole

Which isn’t to say a chip butty isn’t one of the first things I tried when I got here (add a little ketchup and it’s not bad!), but I certainly wasn’t prepared for the richness of the culinary culture here. continue reading

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Adventures: Florence

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So…what are your Valentine’s Day plans?  Have you been searching all over town for that perfect, charming, romantic Italian bistro?

Here’s a better idea: why not surprise your sweetie with some authentic Chianti and handmade risotto in Tuscany?

Following on from my previous post about Valentine’s Day Adventures in Paris, I would now like to focus on the beautiful, fascinating, historical city of Florence—one of my favourite places in Europe. continue reading

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Florence goes MotoGP crazy as the championship rolls into town

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The whole of Florence (along with the rest of the country) will be rapt on May 31st as round five of the MotoGP world championship takes place at Mugello, just outside the city.

The Grand Premio d’Italia will see the planet’s top motorbike racers compete for crucial world championship points in this hotly-contested event.

Of course, all home fans will have their eyes firmly trained on current MotoGP world champion, the legendary Valentino Rossi, who brought his tally of wins to five when he was crowned in 2008.

However, competition is stiff and the 29-year-old rider will be looking to maintain his dominance of the world stage and avoid a repeat of his overall performances in 2006 and 2007, which saw him finish 2nd and 3rd respectively in the final standings.

Motorsport fans on Florence tours looking to add something exciting to their sightseeing should join the tens of thousands of delirious locals at the Muegllo circuit for this incredible and exhilarating spectacle.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18977841-ADNFCR

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Bizarre ceremony sees Florence honour Easter tradition

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On Easter Sunday every year a unique ceremony takes place that channels the religious fervour of medieval Europe: Scoppio del Carro.

In the centre of the city, the Piazza del Duomo is swarmed by locals and visitors on Florence tours, all flocking to see a giant carro, or cart, stuffed with fireworks and set alight.

The Christian lore behind is that it honours the holy fire kept burning in the city at Easter time for hundreds of years since the Crusades, which was first lit by two shards of stone from the holy sepulchre of Christ, transported around the city on a cart.

Over time the ceremony grew in stature and the cart itself become more and more ornate. Now, it is a beautifully-crafted and decorated wooden structure, laden with pyrotechnics just waiting to go off, much to the delight of the gathered crowds.

For anyone looking for things to do in Florence on Easter Sunday and keen for a break from the conventional sightseeing, this is absolute must.

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Florence gives visitors a Taste of the finer things in life

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As if Florence didn’t provide enough sightseeing and things to do regarding its fine local food and drink, a major event in the city promises culinary overload.

Held from March 14th to 16th, Taste will be held at the Stazione Leopolda and will showcase all the rich and varied food and drink on offer in this most beautiful part of Italy.

The organisers describe the show as "a three-day journey of new experiences, events, tastings and sourcing" – this is an absolute must for culinary buffs and those on Florence tours who can savour and sample artisan creations from over 170 exhibitors.

The Taste Tour guides visitors around the country by the medium of food, while Taste Ring invites debate and discussion on new trends in food culture and the all-important Taste Shop offers the chance to take home some of the delights sampled during the show.

From famous names to the most niche products, Italy’s finest producers and innovators in the gastronomic industry are represented at Taste, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary this year.

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