Foraging

Rob Gould, aka the Cotswold Forager, has over twenty years of foraging experience under his belt, having harvested wild edibles across the Cotswolds and also much further afield in the UK, including from the amazing habitats within the New Forest, the beautiful Scottish Highlands and the wonderful coastlines of Cornwall and Pembrokeshire.

He has also tested his plant and foraging knowledge overseas in Greece, France and Scandinavia, amongst others, and is currently working with the team here at Toscana Holiday Village on putting together various bespoke itineraries to offer unique foraging experiences here in Tuscany.

As well as foraging, Rob is skilled in various food preservation techniques, but is particularly interested in those which can be used to enhance and manipulate flavour, including smoking, curing, pickling and lactofermentation. He also works alongside some amazing chefs in their own restaurants, helping inspire them to creatively utilise more wild food within their cooking.

We’re really looking forward to being able to invite Rob back to join us here at Toscana, and would love to see you all here too for what we hope will be some fantastic and inspirational experiences”

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Weddings in Tuscany, Italy

Here at Toscana village we can offer a truly magical experience for your special day, we are nestled in over 5 hectares situated in the Arno valley, our beautiful and rustic estate is an ideal setting for a relaxed, alfresco celebration, and so your family and friends can fully enjoy themselves on this special day we have a selection of 5 different types of accommodation, from very competitive price budget accommodation through to exclusive boutique homes, we have a large restaurant and bar with excellent Italian chefs, we can advise on local photographers with video and drone, we have a large swimming pool and we can also arrange a band, everything to need for your perfect day.

Weihnachtsmarkt

In Santa Croce square there is a typical Christmas village decorated with decorations and lights that sparkle on the stands of about fifty exhibitors. An interesting path between objects for the nativity scene and Christmas decorations, gift ideas and gastronomic temptations, for a journey into taste and traditions in the round. The house of Santa Claus is dedicated to the children, with a post office for the letters.

Lumière

The city, the Duomo, the alleys and the squares will be illuminated with colors and images that will tell stories and dreams, visions and suggestions of artists who, with their creations, the games of light and shadow, will give life to this Christmas show. Free admission.

Food and Wine Festival

A journey of the taste to the rediscovery of typical products and ancient recipes of the Tuscan territory.

Festa Medievale (Montopoli Val d’Arno)

The charming village of Montopoli in Val d’Arno recalls its ancient splendor with the medieval festival where you can attend a parade in historical clothes, performances by street artists, mediaeval market and the famous archery challenge among the inhabitants of the various districts of the village.

Festa Medievale (Volterra)

Volterra AD 1398 is one of the most entertaining and admired Italian re-enactment festivals. The festival takes place in the pulsing heart of medieval Volterra and in the singular “Parco di Castello” (town’s public garden), overlooked by the imposing Medici’s Fortress.

The town centre is animated by the ever-present past and the visitors are taken, as if by magic, back in time. Fiery steeds, bold knights, noblemen, craftsmen and merchants, peasants and farmers, flag-flyers, crossbowmen and soldiers, jugglers, musicians and jesters bring back to life the mysterious Middle Ages of Volterra. The gist of the festival is the “Feast Day of 1398 AD” that takes place on the second and third Sunday of August. On that occasion, from sunrise to sunset, the medieval town of 1398 lives again with shows, events, markets, craftsmen, musicians, jugglers, peasants and noblemen: a unique occasion to dive into the magic atmosphere of the Middle Ages, in one of the finest cities in Tuscany.

Scoppio del carro

The explosion of the cart is a manifestation of the popular secular-religious tradition that takes place on Easter Sunday in Florence. The brindellone, a pyrotechnical tower positioned on a cart, is pulled by a pair of oxen on the streets of the historic center of Florence and positioned between the baptistery and the cathedral. At the height of the ceremony, the archbishop lights a dove-shaped rocket from the altar of the cathedral, which, through a cord mechanism, runs through the central nave of the church and reaches the wagon outside, causing it to explode.

Capodanno Pisano (Pisan New Year’s)

At noon, the city will enter the new year, according to the calendar “in Pisan style” that makes coincide the first day of the year with that of the Annunciation (this calendar remained in force until the Grand Duke of Tuscany ordered everyone to adapt to the beginning of the year with the first of January, but there are still some irreducible fanatic who take the opportunity to celebrate the new year twice!).

Viareggio’s Carnival

One of the best known in Italy, the Carnival in Viareggio has its origins at the end of the 19th century.

The parades draw thousands of visitors of all ages, who come to see both the spectacular floats and parade as well as participate in the festive air that can be breathed in the town on the days of the masquerade processions.

The Carnival in Viareggio is not just for adults, children are more than welcome and have loads of fun together with their parents. The whole procession takes place during daylight hours, in great celebration with everyone in costumes one way or another and lots of music. The festive spirit draws everyone to join in and dance around as well.

I would personally add the Carnival to the list of “things to do at least once in a lifetime”, but I’d also bet that anyone who has the chance to visit and participate will come back more than just once.

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