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The ending of winter ushers in longer days, sunnier weather and a glimpse of springtime. Celebrations this time of year entice us to come out of our winter hibernations and socialize. Carnival in Viareggio is the perfect opportunity to visit Tuscany and awaken a festive spirit. What is Carnival? Carnival is the festival celebration that…

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If Italy is deemed the crown of Mediterranean cuisine, Tuscany would be the coveted gem of the country. While an unassuming vacationer may lump all Italian dishes into one category, regionally there are tasteful nuances to learn about through your travels that weave local meals as a storyline throughout the country. Tuscany itself is prided…

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Tuscany’s longstanding answer to a summery tomato sandwich has to be panzanella. Think of it as a Italian “bread salad” with ripe garden vegetables. What could be better? Tuscan cuisine is delicious yet unpretentious. It takes a lot of inspiration from home cooking and peasant origins, with its defining phrase “cucina povera” meaning “poor cooking.”…

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Hiking the Hills of Cortona

We woke early in the morning and set out for the trails that meander through the woods of Cortona. Our guide, Dino, was waiting for us at the corner of Strada Provinciale Umbro Cortonese near the Church of Santa Margherita. Dino was the portrait of a quintessential Italian outdoorsman. Decked out in impeccable hiking gear,…

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When you think Tuscany, you think great food and wine. With a viticultural history going back to the Etruscans in the 8th century BC, the region of modern-day Tuscany has been eternally tied to a love of wine. But it’s not just the far-off history of Tuscan wine that’s so fascinating. Within the last 50…

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Christina is a friend of Experi and a fellow Pacific Northwestern food lover. A native of Seattle, she developed her penchant for food and travel young, learning about cooking through her mother’s catering business. She travels every chance she gets, touring all of Italy, France, Argentina, India, as well as some of the best gourmet…

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It’s no wonder Tuscany is one of the most popular regions of the world. Inquisitive minds and hungry travelers flock here to witness the amazing culinary artistry going back generations, the beauty of the rolling hills, and the world-famous art and architecture. We gave you a taste of why Tuscany is so special in Whet Your…

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Tuscany is the region in Italy that will steal your heart each time you visit. The landscapes showcase quintessential ‘Italian’ scenes and the people welcome you with open arms. From the bustling ancient city of Florence to the slower-paced town of Cortona, Tuscany holds a bit of something for everybody. Each time I visit, I…

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