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Viareggio Carnival – first performance of this year (photos, video)

Viareggio coastThe Carnival of Viareggio (it. Carnevale di Viareggio) is a carnival event yearly held in the Tuscan city of Viareggio, in Italy. It is considered amongst the most renowned carnival celebrations in both Italy and Europe. Its main characteristic is given by the parade of floats and masks, usually made of paper-pulp, depicting caricatures of popular people, such as politicians, showmen and sportsmen; the parade is held on the Viareggio avenue located alongside the local beach.

Check out photos from this year performance!

Italian Recipes. Carnival sweets “cenci”

CenciFebruary in Italy – is a time of carnivals and one of the most exciting periods to travel to Tuscany, where you can find a variety of celebrations, from the huge Viareggio Carnival to many fiestas of small villages. None of the carnivals in Italy can take place without two things – masks and sweets. So today in ‘Sunday Recipe’ rubrics – the traditional Tuscan carnival sweets ‘Cenci’.

Exhibition „The Dalì Universe Firenze“

Dali exhibition FlorenceFebruary 1 in Florence is the opening day for the spectacular exhibition ‘The Dali Universe Firenze’ at the old Medici-Riccardi Palace, dedicated to the surrealist painter Salvador Dali. It includes more than a hundred lesser known works of the genius, giving the opportunity to get better acquainted with the world-famous artist.

Week’s Place: Abbazia di San Galgano and the sword in the rock

San_galgano_interno_2007 by wikipediaToday, in the rubric ‘The Place of the Week’ we invite you to San Galgano Abbey near Siena. Preparing for the trip around Siena, a question might arise – what unusual is here to discover if intimate villages and undulate hills are already visited? While travelling around Siena localities, it is simply a must to stop by this legendary place and to see a real sword in a rock.

Italian Recipes. Cacciucco alla livornese

cacciucco by ristorantilivornoA new rubric in UnseenTuscany.com – ‘Sunday Recipe’ invites you to make a tour of Tuscan cuisine. Each week we will present to you the most popular recipes and tell you the stories and traditions related to them. We will start from the coast and its most famous dish.

And the most remarkable dish of Tuscan coast is cacciucco or cacciucco alla livornese (English: cacciucco or Livorno-style cacciuco).

Week’s place: mysterious underground world of Corchia

Antro del Corchia by Valbracco 1 UnseenTuscany.com presents a rubric ‘The Place of the Week’ – every Monday you will find a new article on our website, in which we will present some place or object of interest in Tuscany. Our goal is to introduce to you exciting, mysterious places of attraction that are little known to tourist. So today, the attention goes to – Corchia and the treasures of its underground world.

Films set in Tuscany

Tuscany, with its fascinating remarkable nature and small villages spread all around, long since has attracted the most famous Italian and international film directors. So this time, here is a list of films, shot in Tuscany, by world-renowned directors:

the english patientThe English Patient (1996, dir. Anthony Minghella)

The majority of scenes of ‘The English Patient’ were filmed in the beautiful Val d’Orcia in southern Tuscany. For the episodes, where Juliet Binoche took care of Ralph Fiennes, the director chose the monastery of Sant’Anna in Camprena, which you can visit or even make a stop in it.

Thermal Baths in Tuscany

Montecatini Terme 2 by Arnold van WijkTuscany in winter is tempting and different. Here you can have a New Year’s Eve celebration and immediately after – plunge into a bargain fever. Travelling around Tuscany in winter is a great opportunity to see the fascinating cathedral of Florence, the leaning tower of Pisa or to participate in the hilarious Viareggio Carnival. And those who miss warmth in winter are invited to Tuscan thermal pools.

Carnival of Viareggio – This is What You Really Haven’t Seen Before!

Viareggio CarnivalEach year almost a month before the beginning of Lent, carnival fever grips Italy. Perhaps the most famous of them is Venetian carnival charming with its history, mysteries and colours. Meanwhile, in Viareggio on the Mediterranean coast takes place another spectacular, colourful and grotesque carnival, lesser-known to travellers, full of humour and even sarcasm.