SANSEPOLCRO: A sensory experience (dual language)

(EN) SANSEPOLCRO: A sensory experience ( by Mari’ Regoli )  –  It is a clear warm day, spring like you may say, perfect for a sensory experience. Chiara and I are driving towards Sansepolcro a small town close to Arezzo. Here at the beginning of the 15th century, Master Piero della Francesca, the great painter,…

Capperi & Capers (dual language article)

(EN) Capperi & Capers: A very unique lady from Milan (as we say in Italian: una Milanese) living in Tuscany, made me laugh until I had tears in my eyes with her descriptions of how many times she had tried, in vain, to grow capers in her Tuscan garden. She tried everything not least, if…

Melagrana o Melograno? Symbols, Legends and Wellness tips (dual language)

(By Mari Regoli & Camilla Nicoletti) Melagrana o Melograno? Symbols, Legends and Wellness tips – Pomegranates are typically seasonal fruits commonly found in Italy during the cold season and they’re amongst the healthiest fruits on Earth. In Italian Melograno or Melagrana are both correct versions according to the Accademia della Crusca’s Vocabulary. With its name,…

Juniper : the prickly one with the beautiful berries (dual language)

Juniper (Juniperus communis) is an evergreen plant very common in Tuscany; woods in Chianti are full of it. If you want to start searching for twigs or berries, you better wear heavy-duty gloves, because its countless leaves are really prickly. Juniper berries ripen in late autumn, turning dark blue and becoming more visible among the light green…

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….

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…