PORTA – Word of the Week

PORTA is DOOR in English and I have a “mania”: I love taking photos of doors wherever I go. Behind every house door I always try to imagine what type of life there might be. For a long time I suffered a lack of roots , as my nature would be inclined to be deeply…

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…

The Witches’ Oak

The Witches’ Oak (La Quercia delle Streghe) If you happen to be near Lucca, to be precise if you are  in the vicinities of  the hamlet of San Martino in Colle – in the Villa Carrara park – you have to stop : here a majestic oak tree of extraordinary shape known as the Witches’ oak, can be found.  600…

CENCI- Word of the Week

CENCI- Word of the Week: February is that time of the year announcing the imminent arrival of Spring and the approaching end of the cold months…even though, very often we have to wait until half of March to really enjoy  milder temperatures. But February in Italy is also closely related to Carnevale (actually, dates always…

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,…

Siena, Camporegio’s ghost :The mistery of the nun

👻👻 Siena , Camporegio’s ghost :The mistery of the nun ( By Marì Regoli- CB) Siena is well known for its ‘contrade’, parts of the city, that every year fight to win the ‘cencio‘: a painting given as reward to the winner of the Palio horse race . A detail:  all of  the seventeen ‘contrade’…

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…

The Iron Baron Ghost

( By Mari Regoli) The Iron Baron Ghost: Even though Brolio castle is quite close to Siena, it belongs to the florentine Chianti. Therefore,  all generations of barons at Brolio were strong and trustworthy allies of Florence and the Medicis. The most famous among the Ricasoli barons certainly is Bettino Ricasoli. Successful in politics, he…