Ruralia at the Cascine


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Programma-Catalogo-2014_web1This weekend is the Fall edition of Ruralia, a farm festival held annually at the Cascine park in Florence.  There will be pony rides, animal exhibitions, food demonstrations, tree climbing, and many opportunities to purchase farm fresh organic products from the entire Italian peninsula.  The event starts September the 18th and ends on the 21st of September.  Entrance is free.  Don’t forget to check out the presentation of the new booklet ‘Guidelines for Tree Pruning in Urban Areas’ —a booklet written to better Florentine parks…especially the care and maintenance of its trees.  The book will be presented from 10 am-11am on the 21st of September at the Ordine dei Dottori Agronomi stand near the Agronomy faculty at the Cascine.  Your presence will support the city’s need to better its green areas.  See you there!


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A Delicious Tuscan Cake!

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This is a cake you will find in just about every Tuscan pastry shop.  It is made with a butter crust, a cream of wheat filling and chocolate shell…need I say more? Recipe is translated and adjusted by me from Giallo Zafferano’s site.

THE Recipe!


125 grams or 1 cup sifted Flour

75 grams or 5.2 tbsp butter

A pinch of salt

3 egg yokes

100 grams or 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Chocolate spread

200 gr.  or 700 oz dark chocolate

200ml or 6.7 fl oz. fresh cream

For the filling

125 grams cream of wheat or semolino

500 ml or 17  fl. oz.  milk

350 gr. or 12.25 oz. Ricotta

200 grams or 7/8 cup powdered sugar


Torta di semolino al cioccolato

Begin by mixing the powdered sugar and flower together.  Add salt and then the butter at room temperature.  Soften the butter with your hands while mixing it with the flower…

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Rificolona, 100% Florentine holiday!


Ona ona ona ma che bella rificolona Florence is home to a load of festivals and holidays, some more exciting than others.  One of the more exciting and more unique festivals is the Rificolona or lantern festival.  Here is a little outline of the festival! Origin: Now nothing more than a children's holiday, the festival … Continue reading Rificolona, 100% Florentine holiday!

Renting an apartment in Italy short or long term.


For all of you new moms to the group, or moms looking for friends to stay, check it out!

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Those of you who are staying in Italy for a long stay or maybe want to get a native experience living in an apartment should know the laws and rights of living in an apartment in Italy.  I worked for an apartment rental agency in Florence.    Since I was dealing with the customers, and ran the company most of July and August by myself while the owners were on vacation, I wanted to share my knowledge about what I learned from the agency and tenants themselves.

1. A large majority of apartment agencies are run illegally.  Apartments can legally be rented by the owner or a certified real estate agent.   If you get an e-mail asking you to bring ‘cash’ it means that they most likely don’t want to pay taxes on the apartment and it is an illegal renting.  They may try and get you to sign a…

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FESTA, Shakespeare, and 4th of July


  BENEFIT JULY 4TH PARTY AND PERFORMANCE FOR FESTA! THE MONUMENTAL GARDENS OF THE CORSINI PALACE VIA IL PRATO 58, FLORENCE 6:30 - 9 PM - FREE ENTRANCE WITH DONATION MUSIC - APERITIVO - SHAKESPEARE! F.E.S.T.A. (Florence English Speaking Theater Artists) is a not for profit cultural association dedicated to bringing high quality English language … Continue reading FESTA, Shakespeare, and 4th of July

Ruralia, Agricultural Festival at Pratolino


This year's Ruralia will be 25-26 of May at the Pratolino park.  Pratolino is reachable by bus number 25.  The Festival is a magical festival dedicated to farming and agricultural, complete with animals, demonstrations, products, market, etc.  Great for all ages!

La festa dello Sport, Sport’s Festival at Obihall


Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May, 10am-7:00pm  Obihall will have a huge sports festival organized by HappyLand. During the two day festival, children and teens can learn about all of the various sports, such as volleyball, track, cycling, rugby, basketball, martial arts, fencing, climbing, dance, theater, and much more. Get a reduced ticket price with … Continue reading La festa dello Sport, Sport’s Festival at Obihall

Veggie ‘meat’ balls

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This is a great recipe for those of you with kids that don't like veggies! 4 potatoes 500  gr spinach 1 egg 1 clove of garlic parmesan bread crumbs nutmeg (in powder---but optional) salt olive oil First of all, boil all of the vegetables so they are soft and not crunchy.  Then, put them into … Continue reading Veggie ‘meat’ balls