MAGGIOLATA: Welcome Sweet May

( By Marì R. & CB) MAGGIOLATA: WELCOME SWEET MAY : May is a magnificent month, when Spring fully opens her “colorful”, “scented” arms and her arrival is heartily welcomed in many towns and cities all over Tuscany. I would like to take you today through an ancient Tuscan tradition.  We need to go back…

Italian Lesson in Pills: Descrivi la tua città

Italian Lesson in Pills: Descrivi la tua città – How do you describe your city? First of all it may be UNA CITTA’ PICCOLA O GRANDE , oppure UN VILLAGGIO (village) o UN BORGO (hamlet). It may be –può essere ACCOGLIENTE (welcoming) or the opposite,  CHIUSA. RICCA DI ARTE E CULTURA and PIENA DI COSE…

Almost all about the Rose (dual language)

Almost all about the Rose:  “It’s the time you wasted for your Rose that makes your Rose so important” (A. de Saint-Exupéry) For centuries the Rose has been the symbol of femininity and its velvety petals a design of perfection created by Nature. We already wrote about the nourishing oil extracted from Rose seeds, but Rose…

The Plant in the Etruscan well

The Plant in the Etruscan Well – The power of Nature; Nature really never stops surprising us! It seems incredible but this past winter, Enrico and Alessandra, owners in Volterra of the vegetarian restaurant  The Life Bistrot, watched in amazement a tiny little plant growing at the  bottom of the Etruscan well (It: il  pozzo)…

Gelato e non solo …

Gelato e non solo…- By word of mouth it is the best advert we have ever had! There are no social media that can compete. Because “by word of mouth” (in Italian “ con il passaparola”) a recommendation is also a guarantee. Talking to real people (not to an emoticon on a screen) it’s 100…

Barga

Our little, big, Barga (by M.Regoli & CB): La Garfagnana is a less renowned part of Tuscany. It’s a wide area of the Appennino, not far from Lucca, a town that I adore. Garfagnana The Garfagnana is rich in small villages scattered along the woods. It’s a place that sends you back immediately to autumn,…

La Leggiadra Rondinella (Italian)

LA LEGGIADRA RONDINELLA (by M. Regoli) : Percorrendo la Cassia da Siena in direzione di Roma non passa di certo inosservata ed anch’io, come tanti, sono sempre stata incuriosita da quella singolare villa isolata che si scorge in alto appena usciti da Buonconvento. ‘La Rondinella ‘ è una villa liberty bella ed elegante circondata dal…

Salt: Secrets & Benefits (dual language)

Salt: Secrets & Benefits (EN): Pink, Red, white, gray, whole, refined, iodized, coming from Sicily or from the exotic Himalaya, whatever the type or the origin, Salt can be a powerful ally or a strong enemy for our organism. Sal maris, Latin for Salt from the sea, was used in Tuscany since old times and right…

Etruscans & the Worship of Beauty

Etruscans & the Worship of Beauty: It seems that Etruscan women were “bellissime da vedere”: very beautiful to look at, as celebrated by Greek and Roman authors who also severely judged them for being too free and extremely emancipated for their times. They also were highly knowledgeable in the field of herbal medicine and cosmetology. For these many reasons, they…

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…