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Easy Comfort

Easy Comfort | All things Italy | Scoop.it
We loved this durable denim when we saw it and were intrigued by its properties. Ruff 'n' Ready The mill tag told us it was cotton and eme...off to do s
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Fabrics and detailed descriptions based on their own research and trials. Helpful esp for novelty fabrics and their behaviour.

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Why you should visit San Gimignano

Why you should visit San Gimignano | All things Italy | Scoop.it

If you have been to Tuscany but not yet visited San Gimignano – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ‘town of towers’[...] check out the incredible skyline this town has to offer! Not into history or stunning natural beauty? Than come visit for the dry white Vernaccia wine local to the area — that’s half the reason I keep coming back. I had the chance to revisit this past week with friends for our beloved holiday of ‘Pasquetta‘ {little Easter} on Monday and had a great time being a ‘tourist’ yet again.

Like many walled medieval towns in Tuscany, San Gimignano was once used fortress in the hands of different empires and powerful noble families throughout it’s long existence. It shouldn’t surprise you that it’s roots date back to Etruscan times (3rd century BC) - pilgrims used to stop here for a pausa (rest) on their way to Rome and the Vatican city, it happens to lie along the route of the famous pilgrim route of via francigena.
The views from the top of the wall (which yes you can climb) are absolutely incredible. The Tuscany you always dreamed of? You will find that here folks! In fact, it doesn’t matter how many years I am in Italy, I will continue to be wowed by such natural beauty, take it all in and then some.
If you’re lucky you might even catch a really really creepy puppet show in the middle of gorgeous Piazza della Cisterna (home to the uber-famous award-winning geleteria!). I must admit, I was slightly traumatized after seeing this (and of course I caught in on camera – I apologize in advance for the F Bomb…) .
There is also a Museum of Vernaccia wine...
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A gorgeous place, one of my favourites. Fantasic agriturismos close by. Go up to the old castle ruins - there is a very talented guitar player up there and while he plays well the acoustics of the old castle walls and the quietness of early mornings and late afternoons makes it a truly unique experience.

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From Etna Bianco to Marsala, a Sicilian Wine Tour

From Etna Bianco to Marsala, a Sicilian Wine Tour | All things Italy | Scoop.it

Thanks to much better vineyard and cellar work, many of the wines carry a liveliness, brisk acidity and restraint. The winegrowing renaissance in Sicily has proceeded faster than the DOC laws, so this is one region where you shouldn’t hesitate to buy IGT labeled wines.  [...]


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How fashion is saving Italy's monuments

How fashion is saving Italy's monuments | All things Italy | Scoop.it

Commercial logos on historic sites may seem crass, but in Italy there may be no other way to preserve cherished monuments.


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Does seem extreme but cost of preserving the many monuments is very high. I wonder if the 'sponsorships' will blend in more over time..

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