Cultural

Italy DOs and DON’Ts – pushing in is fine, just don’t touch the apples!

The Uffizi Gallery has just issued a list of rules for visitors to the museum. It got us thinking about etiquette generally in Italy. For instance, when you entre a store, you should ask permission to browse. In Italian you say, ‘Permesso?’ -as in, ‘May I?’-  when you walk into a shop. It is considered rude to touch items in store window displays just as it is also frowned upon to help yourself in some …

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This little piggy went to market: Florence’s Porcellino

Italians love a good market. From fresh food to artwork and even fashion items, markets offer a great way to truly shop like a local. And hey, if you have to buy a few Florentine leather handbags along the way, so be it! The best and most famous markets in Florence are the Mercato Centrale for food items, and for lether goods the Mercato San Lorenzo (around the San Lorenzo church) and Mercato Nuovo. Mercato Nuovo translates to …

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Project Pyramid: the rolling (& pointy) hills of Tuscany

It seems those rolling Tuscan hills aren’t always as undulating as once thought. In the small town of Rosano Fiorentino near Pontassieve, an archaeological project is underway in Tuscany after the discovery of three rather pointy hilltops. It is believed these may be three pyramids, built some 14 kilometres east of Florence. Visible up to one kilometre away, the pyramidal hills seem to be formed in alignment with the Orion constellation just like the famous pyramids …

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