LUNA –Word of the Week

LUNA –Word of the Week: Stregati dalla Luna – Moonstruck (as in a famous movie I really loved). There has been a lot of “moon-talk” recently with celebrations coming up on July 20th for the Moon landing Anniversary: an unforgettable piece of history coupled with the unmatched magic of the Moon.   But the planet has…

Linden Tree – Tiglio (dual language)

(EN) Linden Tree: The Scented One (by Marì R) I was in my garden, hydrangeas in full bloom, reading one of the books from The Lord of the Rings. My nose into the pages, thanks to Tolkien’s powerful writing, I was transported with Frodo, one of his characters, walking with him into the Lorien woods….

Shopping in Tuscany,Italy: Practical Info

Shopping in Tuscany,Italy – Practical Info: Le nostre “lezioni sul campo” (lessons on the field) during shopping tours give the opportunity to practice your Italian if you wish to. We already had a “lesson in pills” about “Fare la spesa in Italiano” Today we want to give you some practical info in case you decide…

Small Survival Guide under the Tuscan Sun

Small Survival Guide under the Tuscan Sun –  Yes it is all very romantic…under the Tuscan Sun, the country house villa, the lovely narrow streets in the cities…but when it is so hot that you melt, sleepless nights appear to be longer than they should and the floor seems to glue under your sandals…well …a…

Etruscan Herbarium

Etruscan Herbarium: More than 2000 years ago, Etruria’s woods were rich in trees, plants and medicinal herbs, real sources of healing remedies. All around Viterbo there were thick forests all the way up to Perugia. Greek authors mention Etruscans’ ability in making magic potions as well as their fame as “fabbricatori di farmaci” –drug makers…

THE MANY FACES OF TUSCANY / I VOLTI DELLA TOSCANA

 THE MANY FACES OF TUSCANY / I VOLTI DELLA TOSCANA (dual language article) When I first met Monica, the first image that came to mind was that of a lioness; surely for the thick curly unruly dark hair interrupted by flashes of auburn light, then, getting to know her, for her strong, I would say…

“Dare i numeri” in Florence

Dare i numeri in Florence – During the nineteenth century, Florence experienced sudden massive urban changes with a great increase in business activities, evolving from being simple carts or stalls with people working just outside family homes, to regular shops, the way we know today. The municipality decided therefore that a method was needed to…

Cheerful Lemon – L’Allegro Limone (dual language article)

 (EN) Cheerful Lemon: Theory & Practice : Yellow is a splash of energy and the colour of Summer and Lemons. I love lemons and even though I am not so lucky to have easy access to the wonderful huge ones from the Amalfi Coast, I still can find and use very good quality organic lemons…

MAGGIOLATA: Welcome Sweet May

( By Marì R. & CB) MAGGIOLATA: WELCOME SWEET MAY : May is a magnificent month, when Spring fully opens her “colorful”, “scented” arms and her arrival is heartily welcomed in many towns and cities all over Tuscany. I would like to take you today through an ancient Tuscan tradition.  We need to go back…

Italian Lesson in Pills: Descrivi la tua città

Italian Lesson in Pills: Descrivi la tua città – How do you describe your city? First of all it may be UNA CITTA’ PICCOLA O GRANDE , oppure UN VILLAGGIO (village) o UN BORGO (hamlet). It may be –può essere ACCOGLIENTE (welcoming) or the opposite,  CHIUSA. RICCA DI ARTE E CULTURA and PIENA DI COSE…