Ferragosto

Buon Ferragosto wherever you are! What’s Ferragosto? August 15th in Italy, according to the Catholic Church, is the celebration of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven. However, the holiday in Italy is older and comes from the Latin “Feriae Augusti”‘, celebrations for the Emperor Augustus in Roman times. You will find crowded places at…

WALK, LOOK, LOVE: the Romitorio of Cetinale (By Marì R.)

WALK, LOOK, LOVE: the Romitorio of Cetinale – There is a magnificent villa in the peaceful sienese countryside (contado senese). I could tell you that Flavio Chigi wanted this villa to be built to celebrate his uncle Fabio Chigi who had become Pope Alexander the seventh. I could tell you about the beautiful garden with…

Experiential Learning & Travelling (dual language)

Experiential Learning & Travelling (ITALIANO) : Si fa un gran parlare di “esperienze” in tutti i campi, dalla cucina all’apprendimento al turismo.  Io per prima con Chiara’s Tuscany parlo sempre di “esperienze in Toscana” ma, ad onor del vero, ho iniziato ad usare questo termine ben prima che diventasse così di moda. Nella mia mente,…

Linden Tree – Tiglio (dual language)

(EN) Linden Tree: The Scented One (by Marì R) I was in my garden, hydrangeas in full bloom, reading one of the books from The Lord of the Rings. My nose into the pages, thanks to Tolkien’s powerful writing, I was transported with Frodo, one of his characters, walking with him into the Lorien woods….

Shopping in Tuscany,Italy: Practical Info

Shopping in Tuscany,Italy – Practical Info: Le nostre “lezioni sul campo” (lessons on the field) during shopping tours give the opportunity to practice your Italian if you wish to. We already had a “lesson in pills” about “Fare la spesa in Italiano” Today we want to give you some practical info in case you decide…

Small Survival Guide under the Tuscan Sun

Small Survival Guide under the Tuscan Sun –  Yes it is all very romantic…under the Tuscan Sun, the country house villa, the lovely narrow streets in the cities…but when it is so hot that you melt, sleepless nights appear to be longer than they should and the floor seems to glue under your sandals…well …a…

Etruscan Herbarium

Etruscan Herbarium: More than 2000 years ago, Etruria’s woods were rich in trees, plants and medicinal herbs, real sources of healing remedies. All around Viterbo there were thick forests all the way up to Perugia. Greek authors mention Etruscans’ ability in making magic potions as well as their fame as “fabbricatori di farmaci” –drug makers…

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…

“Dare i numeri” in Florence

Dare i numeri in Florence – During the nineteenth century, Florence experienced sudden massive urban changes with a great increase in business activities, evolving from being simple carts or stalls with people working just outside family homes, to regular shops, the way we know today. The municipality decided therefore that a method was needed to…

Cheerful Lemon – L’Allegro Limone (dual language article)

 (EN) Cheerful Lemon: Theory & Practice : Yellow is a splash of energy and the colour of Summer and Lemons. I love lemons and even though I am not so lucky to have easy access to the wonderful huge ones from the Amalfi Coast, I still can find and use very good quality organic lemons…