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OCTOBER 2009 NEWSLETTER
Dear Newsletter Reader 

Welcome to the To Tuscany October newsletter.  

This month we have exciting information about an award that To Tuscany have been entered for with details of how all of you can vote for us.

Italy has also been picking up its own awards within the travel industry recently, proof that all of you have great taste when it comes to choosing your holiday destination!

With Christmas looming, this month we look at things to do in Florence at Christmas.  If you have not experienced Tuscany during this magical time, it is something that we would definitely encourage.

Dympna
dympna@to-tuscany.com
THE GOOD WEB GUIDE AWARD:

The Good Web Guide is dedicated to researching hundreds of website and reviewing them for consumers and is known as the 'definitive guide to the best websites on the internet'. 

To Tuscany was reviewed on the website earlier this year, gaining their highest 5* award, and we were recently informed that we have been entered as one of the contenders for the best website of 2009.

Good Web GuideMany of you have told us on our questionnaires how good you think our website is and now you can tell the Good Web Guide too!  By clicking on the link below you will be taken to an 'Award Feedback' page where you will need to enter the To Tuscany main website as the website that you are voting for - our full website address is http://www.to-tuscany.com - and then give some details, it will only take a couple of minutes of your time and we would really appreciate your support.

http://www.thegoodwebguide.co.uk/awardfeedback

TRAVEL AWARDS FOR ITALY:

Italy has also had some great successes recently in a number of Travel Award ceremonies:

Conde NasteIn the prestigious Conde Naste 2009 Traveller Awards, Italy has been voted the 'Favourite Country in the World'  with its ratings for food/restaurants, culture and climate; just pipping New Zealand in the final votes.  It was a double award for first place for Italy as Sicily was also voted as the 'Best of the Best' destination for 2009.  Rome featured in third place within the Cities category, beaten only by New York and Paris.




Sunday TimesIn the renowned Sunday Times Travel Magazine Travel Awards 2009, Italy was voted the 'Favourite European Country for a longer holiday - over 4 days, not short breaks' category and Rome again made it into third place for the best city break.





THE TOP 3 THINGS TO DO IN FLORENCE AT CHRISTMAS:

FLORENCE NOEL:

Florence Noel"Florence Noel" is an exhibition market organized every year by Stazione Leopolda in Florence to show the magic of Christmas and remind visitors of your favourite childhood Christmas memories. This year the exhibition will run from 29th November to 8th December.

The whole area in front of the station is filled with snow, fir trees and sparkling lights with Santas house taking pride of place.  Mamma Natale (Mother Christmas) is there to guide the younger visitors around and show them Punto Letterina (Letters Corner) where they can post their letters to Santa

Dont think that Florence Noel is just for the children though as it also offers a variety of food and drink to ensure that everyone enjoys their visit - the magnificent Villagio del Cioccolato (Village of Chocolate) features pastry and chocolate craftsmen enticing you to try their goods.

MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS MARKET, FIESOLE:

Fiesole christmas marketInstead of just hosting a Christmas market, Fiesole near to Florence, takes the celebrations back in time and has a medieval theme running throughout the stalls.  With the stall-holders and locals in medieval dress, Fiesoles Christmas market is definitely worth a visit.




FATHER CHRISTMAS ARRIVES BY BOAT!
Babbo NataleNot the normal way for Father Christmas to arrive we agree, but the sight of "Babba Natale" floating along the River Arno in Florence is just too good to miss regardless of your age! 

It is a tradition organised by the Rowing Club of Florence and it attracts crowds of onlookers as he gently cruises down the River Arno


For information on To Tuscany accommodations in the Florence area please click here


PHOTOCOMPETITION 2009:

Time is running out for you to get your entries in for our 2009 photocompetition.  We will be accepting entries up until the end of November so that we have time to judge the photos and send out a hamper full of Italian goodies to the winner in time for Christmas.

Up to 5 entries of your favourite Tuscan memories can be made per person; entries must be made in jpeg format and sent directly to dympna@to-tuscany.com
Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding travelling to Italy or anything within our newsletter. We can be reached at http://www.to-tuscany.com/contact-us
 
Sincerely
 
Dympna Docherty
To-Tuscany
dympna@to-tuscany.com