Senarum Vinea – Drops of history

“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today” – Robert McAfee Brown Senarum Vinea-Drops of history:Marketing experts are constantly in search of a good “story telling” but, sometimes, a good authentic story is right in front of your eyes and there is no need to make anything up about a…

His Majesty The Basil – Sua Maestà il Basilico (dual language)

His Majesty The Basil- Sua Maestà il Basilico (by MR, AO, CH): The most Regal/Royal among the herbs…and maybe the most aromatic one as well! The name of this aromatic plant comes from the ancient Greek basilikon that means “Herb worthy of a king”. This plant has ancient origins, it was already renowned among Romans…

Wine & Grapes from Table to Skin

Wine & Grapes from Table to Skin: Grapes, wine, vineyards (uva, vino, vigneti)  and immediately the image that comes to mind is friends around the table, glasses of wine and grape festivals. When it’s time for Vendemmia Tuscany is in full swing. Grapes: According to science… Accumulating scientific evidence suggests that red wine possesses a diverse…

Healing Sage (dual language)

Healing Sage (by MR, AO):  This humble aromatic herb grows well on dry and rocky soil and it’s abundant in the Mediterranean area. Like Rosemary, Sage is cultivated in every Italian region, called SALVIA in italian , and  it is very popular for cooking.  Beside the kitchen, Sage also is a herb with incredible virtues….

ZUCCA: Word of the week

ZUCCA: Word of the week: With Halloween rapidly approaching, the colourful pumpkin has its moment of glory and our word of the week was easily chosen.  Pumpkin in Italian is ZUCCA. In England, literally in every corner, one can find piles of pumpkins of different size and shapes just waiting to be carved for the special…

Rosemary: Herbal Remedy

Rosemary: Herbal Remedy (by MR, AO, CH) Arrosto & Rosmarino: I may be taking away some romance but, every time I cut a sprig of Rosemary, my mind goes directly to my grandmother and her unforgettable roast meat (arrosto)  with potatoes. Here and there a few Rosemary leaves gave her dish the unmistakable aroma. So…

Romantic Aromatic Herbs (dual language)

  Romantic Aromatic Herbs – Romantiche Erbe Aromatiche – In Italiano Bastano alcun vasi da fiori per far crescere su un balcone alcune delle piante aromatiche più usate ma, non per questo, “ comuni” nel senso di “ ordinarie” , “ banali”. Io adoro salvia, basilico , timo e rosmarino. Sono piantine prepotenti e forti, senza…

My Secret Garden: Un Alchimista in giardino (dual language)

My Secret Garden: Un Alchimista in Giardino C’è qualcosa di magico ed affascinante in un giardino abbandonato. Un luogo che , bello e curato un tempo, è stato lasciato incolto per le  vicissitudini della vita. Le Rose ed i fiori rari e cocciuti continuano a spuntare, non più ordinati, tra le erbe alte, le piante…

October on Elba Island: a detox holiday (part III)

Octber on Elba island: Finally, for the last part of my journey I moved to Marciana Marina driving through the amazing coast that takes you there all the way from Capoliveri. I wouldn’t know how to describe or explain the feeling of the Mistral or Libeccio on the skin, the strong winds through hair, the…

October on Elba Island: a detox holiday (part II)

October on Elba Island:  “Come si fa a spiegare il mare a chi lo guarda e vede solo acqua” In my mind I have divided my journey on the island in three parts, the first one starting from Capoliveri and going to Porto Azzurro, Rio Marina and Cavo. Porto Azzurro is maybe one of my favourite…