Una Piccola Provenza – Costa degli Etruschi (IT-EN)

(IT) Una Piccola Provenza sulla Costa degli Etruschi – Piccole Pause in Toscana  Da un lato il blu del mare con i suoi venti che portano gli odori e i profumi della terra , dall’ altro, le colline e il verde dell’entroterra . Forse questo stesso panorama era quello che avevano davanti agli occhi gli…

Polvere di petali di rosa – Rose petal dust (IT-EN)

Polvere di fata…polverina magica…sì quasi un incantesimo, sto parlando della polvere di rosa di Essere-per-Te. Lo sapevate che la polvere fine ottenuta dai petali di rosa essiccati era utilizzata fin dai tempi delle bellissime donne Etrusche? E sapete che questo ingrediente così delicato è ricco di proprietà anti –ossidanti e calmanti per le pelli più…

Speaking about RADICI:  Mandragora, Roots & Witchcraft (EN-IT)

(EN) Mandragola-Mandrake: from the Mediterranean regions to Hogwarts. Talking of roots: if you thought that Mandrake was an imaginary fruit, created by clever Mrs. JK Rowling – author of the famous Harry Potter books – you are majorly mistaken.  The startling plant used in Hogwarts’ school of wizardry and witchcraft was inspired by legends, with…

How bizarre! – Bizzarrie toscane

How bizarre! Bizzarrie toscane : “Digitated lemons and other curious fruits with strange deformities have always been known in Italian  as “ bizzarrie”. The finer the citrus collection, the more bizzarrie it contained . The Medici  family’s collection in Florence was undisputably the finest in Europe. Its history dates back to 1537 when Cosimo I…

Tuscany Lemon Gardens

Tuscany Lemon Gardens I was born in Siena, in a house just outside the historic city centre, with a big garden.  I was used to seeing terracotta vases with lemon plants. They were part of the house, I never asked where they came from, nor did I notice that, in winter, they disappeared from the…

Balsamita & Acqua Antisterica (IT-EN)

Balsamita & Acqua Antisterica (IT) Avete mai sentito parlare della Balsamita?  Si tratta di una pianta  più nota col nome di Erba di San Pietro o Erba amara, della famiglia delle Composite. La pianta origina in Oriente ma è diventata parte della flora in Italia,  nell’Europa meridionale ed anche in Inghilterra. Documenti del XVI secolo…

Quarantine Natural Remedies – Garlic Honey (EN-IT)

Quarantine Natural Remedies: The quarantine continues and today we have decided to address some of the questions that friends and readers have asked us. We would like to be able to share some simple remedies  useful to keep in good health as well as  suggesting how to use  herbs for those of us feeling worried…

Four Thieves Vinegar-facts and legend (EN-IT)

Marseille Vinegar or Four Thieves Vinegar (EN) Once upon a time…There was the so called “Four Thieves Vinegar” (also known as Marseille Vinegar or Marseille Remedy). It is a vinegar blend infused with medicinal herbs that was believed to have the power to protect from plague. The preparation recipe has many variations, according to various…

Cypresses,  slender sentinels of Tuscan hills (dual language)

(EN) Cypresses,  slender sentinels of Tuscan hills (by Marì R.) : Lonely, like the spear of an errant knight, or  like an army of brave soldiers, cypresses grace Tuscan  landscapes. It is so common in Tuscany that I almost forgot I have a beautiful cypress in my vegetable garden (orto). Cypresses look like an integral…

Aceto & Rosmarino – Le Ricette della nonna, la mia (dual language)

Aceto & Rosmarino – Le Ricette della nonna, la mia (IT) Inspiro l’odore pungente dell’aceto seguito dall’aroma del Rosmarino e, improvvisamente, sono trasportata nella cucina di mia nonna. I suoi occhi verde giada concentrati su qualcosa che sta cucinando, i suoi capelli lisci perfetti, tagliati a caschetto, una specie di attrice del cinema in bianco…