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The Beauty and Warmth of Tuscany Decor

Home Decorating is a very personal decision, different with every individual. Your home decor reflects your personal style

and individual quirks. If you’re having problems making a decision about your home decorating theme, consider a tuscany theme

for your home.

Tuscany style combines subtle elegance and simplicity while using a palette of earthy warm tones. Tuscany decorating comes from

the Tuscany Valley in Italy and is meant to bring the outdoors in. This great home decorating idea uses distinct materials to

help accomplish this goal. Tuscany style is unique as well as beautiful and cosy.

Textures are a big part of the Tuscany theme. It involves the use of stone and primative tile for the flooring but wood or

laminate floors can also be added to the mix. Textured plaster for the walls in a warm color is also another important

ingredient in the big picture and here is where you can really be creative and add your personal stamp on a room. If you like

beams, you can add them to a tuscany styled room. They conjure up a warm, cozy and rustic feel.

Mosaicing a floor is another way to add charm to a Tuscany theme. Consider tiling with slate or mexican tile in your entry

way. It will really set the tone for your entrance into Tuscany decorating. Also mosaicing a table top in rustic tile, such

as again slate, terra cotta or travertine will add to the Tuscany decor. Partner it with a rod iron table bottom and you’ve

got a real Tuscany home.

Any home decorating theme that focuses on nature uses wood and the Tuscany style makes great use of wood. One example is

using large wooden beams. You can use the real thing or they now make “faux” wooden beams in different material including

styrofoam. Do a google search for faux wooden beams and you’ll be able to come up with some ideas.   Tuscany home decor also

utilizes woden furniture. It needs to look aged and you can accomplish this different colored stains. Although buying antique

furniture would really do the trick.

Tuscany decorating is based on a cultural heritage. Adding accessories can bring out the Tuscany Italian heritage.

Accessories that are homemade are common for this home decorating idea. Ceramic vases are a big thing in tuscany decorating,

especially those made of terra cotta. Terra cotta items is a running theme in Tuscany home decorating. Silver frames, silver

candlesticks and copper pots, or anything else copper are all common in the tuscany design. When I think of Tuscany, I think

of wine and grapes and cheese. Beautiful wine glasses, and, if you can find them, antique wine glasses would be a beautiful

addition to your tuscany decorating. Large glass jars filled with olives, vases filled with colorful flowers and, again,

anything terra cotta add to the ambiance of Tuscasy decorating.

Tuscany fabric is in a class all by itself. When using Tuscany fabric in this home decorating theme, look for fabrics made of

fibers from the  banana tree, savannah and tobacco cloth, burlap and abaca fiber. These fabrics create a natural space and

enviromentt and are quite versatile for just about anything in your decorating project. Curtains, drapes, blinds, dividers,

screens, placemats, floormats, these can all be created from the various Tuscany fabrics because of their weight, density and

flexibility.

Decorating your home in the Tuscany style makes good use of colors in the red and yellow family, bright and muted. See if you

can find these colors in tassels and tie-backs to accent your drapes. You can also add ribbons in these colors and add them

to candlesticks, jugs, baskets and anything else you can think of. Any item or accessory which resembles the sea, earth or

forest make great additions to tuscany style home decorating. Color, texture, fabric and accessories will create a warm and

inviting feeling in any space in your home. Tuscany style is one of simplicity and nature and is a great home decorating

idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daisy Profits writes articles and builds websites on various subjects. She is a jewelry artist and has been a Flight Attendant for 10 years. Daisy lives in Florida with her maltipoo “Sky” in a house she is renovating. Visit her latest site at http://www.beachcruiserbicycles.org/ with information about beach cruiser bicycles and buying a dog bicycle basket for your beach cruiser bike.


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4 Must-Experience Activities in Tuscany, Italy

Enjoy a glass of vino while relaxing in the vineyard in which it was grown

Tuscany is the motherland of fine wines. Climate and soil seemingly purpose built for growing grapes mix with time-tested, palate-approved Tuscan techniques to create an unforgettable experience. Taste DOCG certified wines in the vineyards from which they came! The wine is amazing, but equally important is your sommelier. Enjoy your experience with Romeo Innocenti of Tuscan Way as he guides you through the many different types of Tuscan wines. On your next Tuscany wine tour drinking wine from in the vineyard from which it came is a must do.

Listen to a tall tale told by a native Tuscan

Since the Legend of King Rachis and even before, Italy has been full of great stories and cheerful locals eager to find a listening ear. While in Tuscany visitors must be sure to hear a native, true Tuscan spin a story about days long past. From political happenings to tales of love lost and rekindled there is a story for every guest. Enjoy a tall glass of wine with your new Tuscan soul mate as he or she regales you with stories that happened in the very same castles, villas, and vineyards that you will be spending time in during your Tuscany food and wine holiday.

Have a sweet dream while resting in a historic Tuscan abode

Dreams are the window into our souls. There is no better place on Earth to have a pleasant dream than in a medieval Tuscan home, charming inn, or sprawling country villa. Only the very best Tuscany tour operators have exclusive access to some of the best estates Tuscany has to offer. Lay your head down in Carlo Innocenti’s private home as you drift off into sleep. Casa Innocenti , perched on a hill next to the village castle, is a perfect place to unwind after a full day of Italian food and wine. La Locanda Del Prete, Carlo’s inn in Southern Tuscany, offers a striking view of Arcidosso as you drift off. Guests can also opt for staying in the Villa Gaia Estate, which offers luxury accommodations surrounded by olive groves. Wherever choose to rest after your days in Tuscany, you are sure to have a magical experience on your Italian food and wine tour.

Share a fine Italian dinner with a Tuscan Master Chef

Master Chef Carlo Innocenti is waiting for you to join him in Tuscany. With him he brings secret family recipes (that you just might be able to get him to share) and wine pairings that match the cuisine perfectly. Enjoy made-from-scratch pasta and rich and creamy risotto prepared right in front of your eyes. You have had Italian food before, but never like this. You can feel your taste buds dancing once you catch a whiff of some of Tuscany’s gastronomic delights. Sharing a dinner with the master chef that prepared it is an experience you can’t miss on your next Tuscany food holiday.

The authors of this article would like to thank Tuscan Way, the leader in Tuscany food and wine tours, for sharing their story with us. For more about Tuscan food and wine holidays please contact Tuscan Way at www.tuscanway.com or by calling 800-766-2390. Your Tuscan dream holiday awaits.


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Summer romantic holidays: San Gimignano in Tuscany

San Gimignano is one of the most fascinating medieval symbol of Tuscany. Its breathtaking medieval towers are an irresistible lure and you can only follow the road, park the car out from the village and go in. Discovering this village of Etruscan origin that stands on one of the pillars of the famous Francigena road. Crossing the San Francesco bastion and over Porta San Giovanni, gentle ups and downs bring you to the triangular Cisterna square, ancient home of markets and festival.

From here you enjoy a view over a wide part of the village. The tower of Palazzo Pellaro, Palazzo Tortoli, the twin towers of Ardinghelli and a few wonderful San Gimignano villas. In the small lanes all around you can visit small stores of ceramics, food and wine, antiques and souvenir as well as a real estate agency where you can find a few great opportunities of villa rentals in Tuscany. All housed in in old buildings where you can still notice charming features of medieval age that make of these stores charming places where shopping.

San Gimignano is also renowned for being located in the very heart of the Chianti area. All around are stunning landscapes, famous wine estates and farmhouses with olive groves and sunflower fields. Its a surprising place where time slows down, where stunning sunsets remain in your memories and the scents of nature make a fantastic single whole with the flavours of Chianti wines, maybe tasted close to the swimming pool of your luxury villa in Tuscany. An unforgettable experience if you have the chance to rent one of the very few holiday villas in Tuscany.

Renting a holiday villa in Tuscany means to live one of the most romantic experience you can try in your life. There is a rmagical atmosphere, especially if you had the chance to book one of the luxury villas to rent in Tuscany near locations like San Gimignano. A place that is able to evoke a lot of different feelings that join together in a unique, unrepeatable experience. I could say a lot more on San Gimignano and its surroundings but I prefer to resume all the words in a warm advice: go there. Live it.

Andrea Paoli – Marketing consultant for Villa Belsole


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Florence Private Tours to Discover Tuscany | Sienna San Gimignano Florence Day Trip with Nancy Aiello Tours

When in Florence discover San Gimignano and Siena medieval hill top towns with this Florence day tour designed to discover Tuscan medieval history and delicious food along with magical landscapes of cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves! San Gimignano and Siena are just a short drive from Florence and make the perfect spot for a day off from Florence on a journey to experience Tuscany countryside on a day trip from Florence crafted to keep the whole family entertained and involved.

The medieval walled town of Siena is the perfect Tuscany destination for a charming private Florence day tour excursion! Guests will fall in love with the impressive Cathedral of Siena a masterpiece of gothic architecture, Siena’s museum, the stunning piazza del Campo of Siena and the wine and food Sienna is famous for!

Florence day trip continues on to the medieval town of San Gimignano, UNESCO World Heritage Site, a tiny village filled with history that has survived the centuries. The hilltop town of San Gimignano is famous for its numerous skyscraper-like towers and medieval churches adorned with frescoes and art treasures. On the way back to Florence you will visit the century old tiny village of Monteriggioni, enclosed by its famous still-intact medieval walls.

NancyAiellotours.com (http://www.nancyaiellotours.com) day tour to Siena and San Gimignano from Florence through the picturesque countryside of the Chianti region is the best way to sample the best Italy has to offer just a short drive from Florence to explore little hill towns and beautifully preserved medieval cities, stunning masterpieces of art and architecture matched by highly personalized Italy food and wine itineraries to suit the well read traveler.

Since 1997 Nancy Aiello Tours advises leisure and business travelers with the finest, most comprehensive tailor-made private guided tours of Florence combined with Tuscany travel services and private transfers to experience and enjoy the Tuscany lifestyle in full!

NancyAielloTours.com and its team of Florence official tour guides draw on extensive local knowledge to provide detailed & customized tours of Siena and San Gimignano in Tuscany to enjoy Italy local arts, Italy food and wine, well-being, golf and Italy charm. These include Florence and Pisa airports and Livorno Spezia ports of call welcome, recommendation of hotels and deluxe accommodation in Florence and Tuscany, Florence to/from Rome private transfers and logistics arrangements, personal Florence shopping tours with Florence personal shoppers and private Florence cookery lessons.

Professional Italy Tour Planning Company Nancy Aiello Tours provides comprehensive and enjoyable private guided Florence Tours, Florence Day Tours, Florence Excursions and Florence one day trip with English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Russian speaking Licensed Florence Touristic Guides.

For your private day tours from Florence, please contact Nancy Aiello Tours at info@nancyaiellotours.com
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4 Must-Experience Activities in Tuscany, Italy

4 Must-Experience Activities in Tuscany, Italy

Enjoy a glass of vino while relaxing in the vineyard in which it was grown

Tuscany is the motherland of fine wines. Climate and soil seemingly purpose built for growing grapes mix with time-tested, palate-approved Tuscan techniques to create an unforgettable experience. Taste DOCG certified wines in the vineyards from which they came! The wine is amazing, but equally important is your sommelier. Enjoy your experience with Romeo Innocenti of Tuscan Way as he guides you through the many different types of Tuscan wines. On your next Tuscany wine tour drinking wine from in the vineyard from which it came is a must do.

Listen to a tall tale told by a native Tuscan

Since the Legend of King Rachis and even before, Italy has been full of great stories and cheerful locals eager to find a listening ear. While in Tuscany visitors must be sure to hear a native, true Tuscan spin a story about days long past. From political happenings to tales of love lost and rekindled there is a story for every guest. Enjoy a tall glass of wine with your new Tuscan soul mate as he or she regales you with stories that happened in the very same castles, villas, and vineyards that you will be spending time in during your Tuscany food and wine holiday.

Have a sweet dream while resting in a historic Tuscan abode

Dreams are the window into our souls. There is no better place on Earth to have a pleasant dream than in a medieval Tuscan home, charming inn, or sprawling country villa. Only the very best Tuscany tour operators have exclusive access to some of the best estates Tuscany has to offer. Lay your head down in Carlo Innocenti’s private home as you drift off into sleep. Casa Innocenti , perched on a hill next to the village castle, is a perfect place to unwind after a full day of Italian food and wine. La Locanda Del Prete, Carlo’s inn in Southern Tuscany, offers a striking view of Arcidosso as you drift off. Guests can also opt for staying in the Villa Gaia Estate, which offers luxury accommodations surrounded by olive groves. Wherever choose to rest after your days in Tuscany, you are sure to have a magical experience on your Italian food and wine tour.

Share a fine Italian dinner with a Tuscan Master Chef

Master Chef Carlo Innocenti is waiting for you to join him in Tuscany. With him he brings secret family recipes (that you just might be able to get him to share) and wine pairings that match the cuisine perfectly. Enjoy made-from-scratch pasta and rich and creamy risotto prepared right in front of your eyes. You have had Italian food before, but never like this. You can feel your taste buds dancing once you catch a whiff of some of Tuscany’s gastronomic delights. Sharing a dinner with the master chef that prepared it is an experience you can’t miss on your next Tuscany food holiday.

The authors of this article would like to thank Tuscan Way, the leader in Tuscany food and wine tours, for sharing their story with us. For more about Tuscan food and wine holidays please contact Tuscan Way at www.tuscanway.com or by calling 800-766-2390. Your Tuscan dream holiday awaits.


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