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Chemical analysis shows Medici Venus was once far gaudier - Telegraph

Chemical analysis shows Medici Venus was once far gaudier  - Telegraph | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
The Medici Venus, one of the world's most celebrated classical statues, would
originally have had ruby red lips, gold-flecked hair and dangling earrings,
a new study has found.
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10 Things To Love About Italy : Tuscany Travel Blog

10 Things To Love About Italy : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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A wonderfully evocative video on some of Italy's most loved foods and locations.

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Race of the Giant Candles in Gubbio, Italy : Tuscany Travel Blog

Race of the Giant Candles in Gubbio, Italy : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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For hundreds of years, this race featuring teams carrying enormous candles representing three saints has attracted thousands of visitors to the pictoresque town of Gubbio (Umbria), Italy on May 15.

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First Time Ever: Sky Section of Siena’s Duomo Open to Public : Tuscany Travel Blog

First Time Ever: Sky Section of Siena’s Duomo Open to Public : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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I will try my best to get there to see the spectacular starry ceiling. I hope you will too!

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Rome Celebrates 2,766th Birthday : Tuscany Travel Blog

Rome Celebrates 2,766th Birthday : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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Rome's 2,766th birthday is today.  And I thought I was old!
It's not too early to plan to be there for next year's celebration.

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2013 Very Useful Italy Tips and Updates from Rick Steves : Tuscany Travel Blog

2013 Very Useful Italy Tips and Updates from Rick Steves : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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Helpful current tips and updates for what's new in 2013 Italy from Rick Steves:

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Italy Introduces Green, Electric Quadricycle to Postal Fleet : Tuscany Travel Blog

Italy Introduces Green, Electric Quadricycle to Postal Fleet : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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It's great that Europe is working so hard on green, environmentally friendly vehicles.  Here is Italy's latest project:

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Recipes from Tuscany: Cioccolata Calda (Hot Chocolate) : Tuscany Travel Blog

Recipes from Tuscany: Cioccolata Calda (Hot Chocolate) : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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What could be better than Italian hot chocolate in winter or any time of year?

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Pasta Tordellata (Lucca Comfort Food): Recipes from Authentic Italian Women… : Tuscany Travel Blog

Pasta Tordellata (Lucca Comfort Food): Recipes from Authentic Italian Women… : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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Delicious and hearty winter pasta from Lucca, Tuscany.

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Chicken Wings Italian Style : Tuscany Travel Blog

Chicken Wings Italian Style : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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In a little chalet in Northern Italy, football fans (or anyone) can find perfectly barbecued chicken wings and many other mouth-watering treats.

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Locanda la Pieve's comment, February 3, 2013 5:00 AM
you right......much more in Tuscany, much more in Tuscan Maremma
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Per Forbes Magazine, Lucca Tuscany is One of the Most Idyllic Placess in Europe : Tuscany Travel Blog

Per Forbes Magazine, Lucca Tuscany is One of the Most Idyllic Placess in Europe : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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Wonderful Lucca has been recognized by Forbes Magazine.  It is an unforgettable town with old world charm and not as expensive as other Tuscan tourist cities.
The renaissance walls are unforgettable!

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Another Way to Enjoy Wine: As Dessert! : Tuscany Travel Blog

Another Way to Enjoy Wine: As Dessert! : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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Creative and delicious way to use Italian wines for a light dessert!

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Pietrasanta, Tuscany: Living With Art : Tuscany Travel Blog

Pietrasanta, Tuscany: Living With Art : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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My husband John took some great picture at this marble scultping center in Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy.  These artisans are amazing!

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Maria Lucrezia Felice's curator insight, June 8, 2013 7:08 AM

Pietrasanta is such a lovely little town, filled with art and culture. A grewt place to visit together with Carrara and thr Marble quarries!

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Creative, Passionate Chef Teaches Tuscan Cuisine At Lorenza De Medici’s Cooking School in Tuscany : Tuscany Travel Blog

Creative, Passionate Chef Teaches Tuscan Cuisine At Lorenza De Medici’s Cooking School in Tuscany : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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Wonderful cooking lessons in the heart of the Chianti region in a 1000-year-old abbey belonging to Lorenza De Medici.

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Gelato University in Italy for International Students : Tuscany Travel Blog

Gelato University in Italy for International Students : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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A gelato university in Italy.  What a great excuse to go!
I've heard of 'Eating your way through college.' This would be the ideal way to do it!

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Florence, Italy Gelato Festival May 2013 : Tuscany Travel Blog

Florence, Italy Gelato Festival May 2013 : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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I will be there for sure!  I hope you can make it too.

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Excitement in Assisi, Italy over “Pope Francis” : Tuscany Travel Blog

Excitement in Assisi, Italy over “Pope Francis” : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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St. Francis is Italy's patron saint and the patron saint of San Francisco (my two homes).  The pope's choice of the name Francis is creating excitement everywhere.

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How to Have a Meal Like a True Italian: Do’s and Dont’s : Tuscany Travel Blog

How to Have a Meal Like a True Italian: Do’s and Dont’s : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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What is true or false about a real Italian meal?  In what order are things eaten and what is included.  This article answers those questions using a complete special occasion meal as an example.

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Valentine’s Day Came From Italy : Tuscany Travel Blog

Valentine’s Day Came From Italy : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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The origins of this most romantic of days come from the country of romance:

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Viareggio, Tuscany Has Kept Its Art Deco and Typeface Styles : Tuscany Travel Blog

Viareggio, Tuscany Has Kept Its Art Deco and Typeface Styles : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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My Viareggio in Tuscany is famous for many things: The winter "Carnevale," the huge luxury yachts, the endless stretches of beach and its architectural style.  There is even something for 'font geeks' there!

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Favorite Piazzas (“Piazze”) in Italy : Tuscany Travel Blog

Favorite Piazzas (“Piazze”) in Italy : Tuscany Travel Blog | Toscana Mia (My Tuscany) | Scoop.it
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Do you have a favotite piazza in Italy?  Is it listed here?

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Love Italy, Travel Guide and Tourism Information's comment, February 1, 2013 10:03 AM
We love Piazza della Signoria in Florence!
Serene's comment, February 1, 2013 1:15 PM
That's a beautiful piazza and amazing people watching. Plus, you can get a hot chocolate at Rivoire!