Oscar winning actresseffie-image-emma-thompson-dakota-fanning-600x421 Emma Thompson and the British art critic John Ruskin are united by a love of Venice which they both discovered at the age of 16.  They have never met – that would have been impossible as Ruskin died in 1900 – but they have been “reunited” on the big screen thanks to “Effie”, written by and starring Ms. Thompson, most of which was filmed in the famous city on the Lagoon.

The story focuses on John Ruskin and his stormy marriage to Euphemia – “Effie”- Gray.

Shopping in Tuscany can be an absolute delight, whether you're picking up handmade linens from a street market or unique ceramics with Tuscany 1.1244394567.window-shoppingdesigns from a tiny boutique. But have you considered spending some of your shopping time visiting some malls or outlets in Tuscany? You might be surprised by what you'll find.

We've unearthed a treasure trove of Tuscan malls and outlets that should please the most discriminating shoppers as well as those searching for bargains on quality goods. Though it's necessary to go a bit outside of Florence to visit these shopping centers, we think you might enjoy a brief break from touring the city's churches and museums.

No visit to Tuscany would be complete without an overview of the many wonderful works of art in Florence. If you're visiting during high season (April-October),Uffizi Gallery advance reservations are a good idea for the most popular museums. Reservations can usually be made online. If you're on a tight schedule, check the hours of any museums you plan to visit shortly before you go, as hours can change without warning. In general, Sundays and Mondays are not good days to visit museums in Florence, as many are closed or have reduced hours on those days. Discounted tickets are available at most museums.

Stresa is located in the middle of Lake Maggiore, and enjoys a unique panoramic position, opposite the Borromean Islands.Stresa church tower

From the mid-19th century, when the first British tourists arrived, to the early 20th century, Stresa has been adding to the elegant appearance that still distinguishes it nowadays, with its Liberty hotels and villas, notably Villa Pallavicino and Villa Vignolo.

Today Stresa is a much sought-after holiday destination and an important venue for cultural events such as the “Stresa and Lake Maggiore Musical Weeks”, set up in 1961 by Italo Trentinaglia de Daverio, a noble Venetian lawyer, whose father was a composer, a musical event organizer, the theater director  of La Scala in Milan and La Fenice in Venice. The Trentinaglia family owned a villa in Stresa where used to gather together musicians and writers, and where Italo Trentinaglia had first the idea of setting up a musical event.

Stopping in Tuscany is the highlight of any tour of Italy.  Many travelers are caught up by the artistic charm of Florence and by the exquisite vineyards in the countryside.  However, tasting relax in the amazing Tuscan countryside is not impossible. As a break from a hectic tour of Florence, a luxury spa is the perfect solution for a moment of relaxation with your partner and family.Tuscany Immerse yourself in the ancient Tuscany thermal waters and succumb to real pleasure with the best hot springs in the area, according to us!

Terme di Chianciano Terme di Chianciano deserves a spot on any list of top spas in Italy, thanks to its diverse selection of treatments to its therapeutic properties, which were already famous in ancient times: as a matter of fact, Roman spas and Etruscan sanctuaries were built close to the sources. The local municipality is actually well known for the health benefits that its spas can provide.  Travelers like you will for sure want to stop off here to try out the wide range of treatments which this ancient hot spring can offer.