Beauty elixirs & scented powders – An Anglo-Tuscan Story (dual language)

( IT) Distillati di bellezza e polveri profumate-  Una storia  Anglo- Toscana  – Il tavolino con lo specchio in camera di mia nonna sembrava uscito da un film dell’800. Il tipico tavolino da toilette con scatoline, profumi e la spazzola per i capelli col manico d’argento.  Tutto intorno c’era un delicato  profumo di rosa. Era…

“Girlfriend Getaways” – Piccole Pause in Toscana

“Girlfriend Getaways” – Piccole Pause in Toscana : Itineraries planned for, and led by, women to UNPLUG & ENJOY some ME-TIME Traveling Alone – It can be such a rewarding experience! Learning to travel alone can be the occasion to grow and re-connect with your inner –self. In the meantime, you can enjoy the companionship…

Exploring the World of Tea

Exploring the World of Tea –  Cup of Tea anyone? It’s no mistery that our ChiarasTuscany team loves tea and everything tea-related. Maybe it’s our British double heart, maybe it is our French team connection , whatever the reason we truly are passionate about it! We have already mentioned that Tea  is not part of…

Italian lesson in pills: Un tè in Italiano (dual language)

Italian lesson in pills: Un tè in Italiano – Per un tè del pomeriggio here is what you need: un servito da tè – tea set che include una teiera – tea pot, tazze e piattini – cups and saucers , cucchiaini– tea spoons, per lo zucchero– for the sugar, una zuccheriera– sugar bowl, per il latte–…

Tea in Tuscany-Chiara’s Guide

Tea in Tuscany – Chiara’s Guide : Would you like an adventure now or shall we have our tea first?”- Peter Pan Let’s start from Siena where you can find the Corner Shop–La Vie del Tè in Via Cecco Angiolieri,  with a wide selection of unique blends; among these one of my favourites : “Turkish Tea…

A cup of Tea from England to Tuscany

A cup of  Tea from England to Tuscany: “A cup of tea is a cup of peace”…”You can’t buy happiness but you can buy tea, and that’s kind of the same thing” From my English life I brought with me many happy memories linked to the very British drink, together with a good amount of…

ALBERO – Word of the week

And with the countdown to Christmas- Natale, our word of the week is ALBERO (tree) as in Albero di Natale!  Un Albero (sing)  and molti Alberi (pl) but each type has its own name so…let’s have a look at some of the most popular in Tuscany. Let’s start by  the seasonal- stagionale  ABETE (Fìr Tree…

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…

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…