Lerici: Un Caffè Lento, per favore (IT)

Un CAFFE’ lento, per favore! Paola ha il mare negli occhi, e non è solo un’espressione figurata. Originaria di uno dei borghi d’Italia che preferisco, Casole d’Elsa , da qualche anno ha messo radici (come si dice in italiano ) in Liguria, nella bellissima LERICI con Luca , un “bel tenebroso” pieno di creatività, lui…

Meet Duccio and his photos

Meet Duccio and his photos : Catching a moment, fixing an instant, capturing an expression, a look, the light of a particular moment … all of this is, for me, equivalent to making an instant last forever. Extending a moment, stopping time, as if it was endless.  Handing down something to those remaining after us…

Meet Alessandro: Creative Pizza-Maker (dual language)

(EN) Meet Alessandro:  Creative Pizza-Maker, from Tuscany to Paris Whenever someone tells me how young Italians don’t want to work, or leave home,  that they are “mammoni” … Well, I would like to reply that I have so many stories to tell you!  I know so many young people who have decided to start new…

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…

Le radiche di Renato and a Torre di Pisa made in Volterra

Le Radiche di Renato – Renato’s Briar Roots: I met Renato Casini while exploring Volterra during one of my Artisan Tours. His tiny shop ( Le Radiche di Renato)  and showroom is in the centre of Volterra, surrounded by alabaster makers and souvenir shops. For many years, he worked as teacher and you immediately realize…

Michele: Maestro Gelataio Creativo

Michele: Maestro Gelataio Creativo (Creative Ice Cream Maker Maestro) – The first time I heard about him was about a very “azzardato” (risky) ice cream flavour ….Un gelato al Cacciucco…an ice cream flavour born as a “game” between Michele Gasparri, Maestro Pasticciere & Gelataio , and the Chef  Michelangelo Rongo who, as a joke , asked…

Organic Beauty Products & Etruscan Wisdom

Organic Beauty Products & Etruscan Wisdom: In Italian the word Benessere (lit. Being Well: Essere Bene) is the translation for Wellness Inspired to our Etruscan ancestors’deep knowledge of herbs, oils and plants properties for health and beauty, a Tuscan-made new organic beauty line for Ben-ESSERE has just been released. The line’s label is written using the…

Meet Luciano: Crystal Master

Meet Luciano, Crystal Master : His workshop and shop is called La Grotta del Cristallo, that in English translates as the Crystal Cave and it’s located in the small town of Colle Val d’Elsa , near Siena, renowned for crystal production and decoration. Città del Cristallo – City of Crystal Mistakenly ignored by tourist itineraries,…

Meet Francesco: Artisan Jeweler in Florence

Meet Francesco: Artisan Jeweler in Florence – While walking the street of Florence in search of new itineraries for my Tuscany lovers, I found this tiny shop in the heart of Florence . My passion for artisan jewelers made me stop in front of the window but my friend immediately spotted a pair of earrings…

Meet Anna: Glass Artist from the sea (dual language article)

Meet Anna: glass artist . She was born by the sea, and I believe her inspiration may come from there: The colors that from blue fade into the most disparate shades of green … and the transparency of the sea. To tell the truth  this is only my imagination, but I think it’s possible that…