Tuscan crowned top sommelier
Luca Martini, a sommelier from Arezzo, has won the Worldwide Sommelier Championship, in a competition held at the Park Lane Hotel in London. The competition, which tested the ‘art of the sommelier,’ attracted contestants from 21 countries.
Born in 1980, Martini is …
Bills paid put online
A recent release of 7.5 million euro has finally enabled the Province of Lucca to pay many of the companies and professionals who have provided services to the province. The funds have been released through the application of Decree n. 35 …
Medici villas may get UNESCO status
‘It’s an important and decisive step,’ said the regional councillor of culture, Cristina Scaletti, after Tuscany’s Medici Villas got the first green light in their campaign to win UNESCO status.
The advisory body of the United Nations for culture and education, the …
Each Tuscan discards 90 kilos of food per year
‘The surplus and food waste have now become a real emergency, which is not only national but also local,’ said the president of the Food Bank in Tuscany, Leonardo Carrai, in a statement on a recent study.
‘According to our estimates, every …
Livorno local in the running Down Under
Massimiliano Morelli from Livorno may win the competition for one of the jobs advertised as ‘the best in the world’ by Tourism Australia: park ranger in Queensland, Australia.
Morelli, 29, a biologist, has been a nature guide in Kenya. He is …
Disability access in Tuscan centres
Four new hospitals in Lucca, the Apuan Alps, Prato and Pistoia will have tactile maps for the visually impaired, special bathrooms for the disabled, and doors and elevators wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs.
The Region of Tuscany has appointed Massimo Toschi, disability …
Special display in the cathedral's crypt
Until August 18, 2013, an Italian masterpiece from Rome will be on display in the crypt beneath the Siena Duomo. St. John the Baptist by Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, is on loan in Siena from the Pinacoteca Capitolina in Rome, …
First Pecorino Toscano to follow Islamic laws
The first pecorino cheese made in Tuscany to be certified Halal, made in accordance with Islamic food standards, is produced by the Caseificio Sociale Manciano.
The Halal certification was issued by the Zayd Ibn Thabit Islamic Association and is supported by TUeV …
Revamped website to boost wine and food heritage
Now the road from the tablet to the table is short with www.vetrina.toscana.it, the new portal for Vetrina Toscana that gives clients a virtual tour of shops and restaurants.
The site lists the services and products, ensuring the quality and uniquely Tuscan …
More treasures revealed in Siena
The Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena will be displaying works from its art collection until May 31.
The Gothic building, located at the Palazzo Chigi Saracini in Siena and built by the Marescotti family in the thirteenth century, will be open to …
Online citizens take action to save ailing museums
According to the Country Brand Index, Italy tops global charts for tourism and culture. Yet, in the current economic crisis, the nation’s extraordinary patrimony is at risk, as, increasingly, museums and historical sites cannot afford to keep their doors open. Last …
600 landslides in a month around Arno basin
Officials have announced that in the last month some 600 landslides have occurred in the basin of the Arno river, located in the provinces of Arezzo, Florence and Pisa. The worst hit areas have been in Montespertoli, San Miniato, Volterra and …
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Where study and research connect
To say that the Polo Universitario Città di Prato (PIN) is a satellite campus of the University of Florence seems reductive, but it is the most immediate way to label this innovative educational structure. In truth, with more research labs than …
Mayor of Lucca is the people's favourite
According to a new survey by Toscana Indagine Datamonitor, the mayor of Lucca, Alessandro Tambellini, is Tuscany’s most popular mayor. In second place is the mayor of Pistoia, Samuele Bertinelli. Both mayors were elected within the past year. Nationally, Tambellini ranks …
Project to improve security in Pisa
Images from security cameras in Pisa will soon be compiled on a single, secure website. The goal of creating the vast archive of images is to fight crime. With the footage as a reference, police will have more material with which …
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