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Tailoring to China buyers

The scenic allure of Lake Como and other regions of Italy have attracted buyers from China and all over the world.

It has been estimated that there are now about 4,000 Chinese-run clothing factories established in Prato, traditional Tuscan stronghold of the Italian textile industry and, as businesses come, they need housing.

Wednesday, 27 February, 2013, 5:04am

An Italian Journey

An Italian Journey by James Ernest Shaw Amazon Digital Services (e-book)

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

TUSCAN attractions

Attracted to a rich culture and relaxed dolce vita lifestyle, holiday homebuyers have been purchasing farmhouses in Tuscany since the 1960's.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Death in Florence

Death in Florence by Paul Strathern Jonathan Cape

Admirers of Florentine Renaissance art do not always recognise that it often served for political promotion. The Medici banking family, dominant in Florence, used the arts to burnish the image of their city.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Marchese Piero Antinori

What can we learn from the troubles of America's Mondavi winemaking family? 'Robert Mondavi was full of ideas - he was pioneering in his approach. He had a great winery but the biggest mistake for a winegrower is to be quoted on the stock exchange, because you are almost condemned to compromise in order to show results. The last thing we should do is compromise.

27 Jun 2010 - 12:00am


With its soft rolling poggios (small hills), silvery olive groves, implausibly green vineyards and ancient-cypress-tree-bordered driveways, it's impossible not to fall in love with Tuscany. And its wines aren't bad either. Tuscany, in central Italy, is home to the sangiovese grape, a food-friendly variety that consistently delivers tart cherry-fruit flavours.

21 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Glorious Tuscany still casts a spell on foreigners

Tuscany has for a long time been the focus for foreigners buying homes in Italy. The rolling hills surrounding historic cities such as Florence and Sienna have kept their attraction and the promise of an easy life, despite the country's economy going into reverse.

11 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Tuscan Spirit looks a winner waiting to happen for Size

John Size has made a great start to the new season, and the five-times champion trainer looks to have some fresh ammunition coming to hand in Tuscan Spirit, an impressive winner of the first turf trial at Sha Tin last Tuesday.

4 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Editor's Note

In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales the wife of Bath declares: Forbede us thyng, and that desiren we; Preesse on us faste, and thanne wol we fle.

2 May 2008 - 12:00am

Perfect match

Wu tau goh - taro cake - is one of the many festive foods eaten around Lunar New Year. Taro is at its peak in the winter, its heavy, rib-sticking qualities best appreciated in the cold weather. Yet steamed taro cake is far from being a stodgy, powdery mouthful. The cubes of cured meats give the taro a new twist, extending the depth and richness of the brown flavour notes of the root.

31 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Floating asset

AmbrosiaIII offers a life of luxury on the ocean for Euro40 million

27 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Perfect Match

There are many variations on the classic lasagne. The sauce is important, but it's the quality of the pasta sheets that can elevate the dish. Fresh lasagne noodles have a gentle, nutty taste from the flour and egg and are silky smooth on the palate. Regardless of the type of sauce and choice of pasta, lasagne is a heavy mouthful.

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Wine on


Less than $100

Bonizio 2003, $98

20 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Wine On


Less than $100

Daunia Larinum 2003, $98

25 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Wine On


Dievole Estate 2000, $228.

18 Jan 2004 - 12:00am