DESIDERIO – Word of the Week

It’s the New Year: Time to make a wish! Esprimere un Desiderio! Our work of the week is DESIDERIO! We all wish for something (the verb is DESIDERARE) at any age and any stage of our lives. We may wish for something real (qualcosa di reale) or something unlikely (improbabile), something for the immediate time…

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…

Le radiche di Renato and a Torre di Pisa made in Volterra

Le Radiche di Renato – Renato’s Briar Roots: I met Renato Casini while exploring Volterra during one of my Artisan Tours. His tiny shop ( Le Radiche di Renato)  and showroom is in the centre of Volterra, surrounded by alabaster makers and souvenir shops. For many years, he worked as teacher and you immediately realize…

ALBERO – Word of the week

And with the countdown to Christmas- Natale, our word of the week is ALBERO (tree) as in Albero di Natale!  Un Albero (sing)  and molti Alberi (pl) but each type has its own name so…let’s have a look at some of the most popular in Tuscany. Let’s start by  the seasonal- stagionale  ABETE (Fìr Tree…

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…

Senarum Vinea – Drops of history

“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today” – Robert McAfee Brown Senarum Vinea-Drops of history:Marketing experts are constantly in search of a good “story telling” but, sometimes, a good authentic story is right in front of your eyes and there is no need to make anything up about a…

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….