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Welcome to the Essential Italy blog. Here we'll be posting travel tips, articles on places of interest, food and wine and cultural news from mainland Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. There will also be in-depth features on selected properties to help you find the perfect holiday accommodation – be it a family villa high in the Tuscan hills, a chic apartment in Cortona or the perfect beach hotel in Sardinia. and travel tips

Truffle Season in Italy

One reason to visit Italy in the autumn months is the glorious array of food available in Italy, as many sagras bring the Italian towns to life. One culinary delight that is widely celebrated throughout the country, and brings international tourists from miles around, is the truffles, with several festivals dedicated to them around Italy. If you are passionate about food you cannot miss out on a truffle fair on your visit to this beautiful country.

Chopping board food preparation for Italian white truffles in the kitchens in villas in Italy


Three Must-See Museums in Florence

The bewitching charm of Florence’s Renaissance architecture is enough to attract the attention of many tourists each year. When visiting Tuscany, a trip into the heart of its capital should definitely be on the cards for you and your family, whether you’re planning to sample some of the excellent cuisines or bask in some of the world-famous art. However, if you’re planning to soak up some of the wonderful culture that is available in the city, then there really is no better way to do so than by visiting one of the many museums that the capital has on offer.

Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence) - First facade