Walking in Tuscany: Lecceto, the Hermitage (by Marì R.)

Walking in Tuscany: Lecceto, the Hermitage– Glorious April and May have gone by and  June has just begun.  After almost 2 months of isolation I MISS MY FRIENDS! We are finally able to meet again, so I decided it was time to get lost in the woods… Hooray! The meeting point was a full immersion…

MANICHE – Word of the Week

MANICHE – Word of the Week : Maniche  = sleeves (la manica, sing;  le maniche, pl) Maniche corte o mezze maniche, e maniche lunghe per magliette (t-shirts), camicette (shirts and blouses)  e abiti (dresses). Curiosità L’espressione “un altro paio di maniche” è usata per indicare qualcosa che non è paragonabile ad un’altra , che è…

Tanti Saluti!

Tanti Saluti: Getting confused with the many ways to greet people when you are in Italy?  I understand! I can’t blame you! Saluti italiani : here is  just a quick recap for you: BUONGIORNO, is Good morning, and you use it whenever you greet someone in the morning until about 3 PM. Also, you can…

Tuscany Lemon Gardens

Tuscany Lemon Gardens I was born in Siena, in a house just outside the historic city centre, with a big garden.  I was used to seeing terracotta vases with lemon plants. They were part of the house, I never asked where they came from, nor did I notice that, in winter, they disappeared from the…

Si fa o non si fa?

Si fa o non si fa? – As part of cultural awareness it is very important (sometimes vital) to know what to do and what better not to,  when travelling to a foreign country. There are parts of the world where it is better to not blow your nose in public, keep shoes on or…

Nuovi esempi di comunicazione

  Nuovi esempi di comunicazione-New examples of communication : Watch this beautiful spot from Lavazza by Armando Testa. I know, it is an advert and , in the end, you may say, that all that the company wants it  to sell coffee. I believe that the way we choose to communicate is important. Publicity and…

Balsamita & Acqua Antisterica (IT-EN)

Balsamita & Acqua Antisterica (IT) Avete mai sentito parlare della Balsamita?  Si tratta di una pianta  più nota col nome di Erba di San Pietro o Erba amara, della famiglia delle Composite. La pianta origina in Oriente ma è diventata parte della flora in Italia,  nell’Europa meridionale ed anche in Inghilterra. Documenti del XVI secolo…

GLI ALTRI EROI DELLA QUARANTENA…

Stanno ogni mattina davanti ad un monitor.  Computer, palmare, telefonino.  Non sono tutti uguali. Dipende da quanti figli ci sono in una famiglia e dai mezzi economici di cui si dispone.  Ma per loro non cambia molto.  Si collegano e rispondono all’appello. Presente, presente, presente… Vocine impastate dal sonno, quaderni, libri e penne sparsi sul…

Il Cipresso. Do you know that…?

Do you know that one of the major Tuscan symbols actually has foreign roots? It seems that Cypresses, from Latin “Cupressus sempervirens”, were introduced in this region by the Etruscans, a fascinating population whose origins remain object of debate. The tree appears to have come from “Anatolia”, nowadays part of Turkey. Etruscans, great travellers and…

Cammino – Word of the Week

Il cammino (En. the path) comes from the verb Camminare (to walk) and it’s the thing I miss the most since the long Italian lockdown started, more than 40 days ago. Il cammino, sinonimi sono camminata, itinerario, marcia, percorso, but also sentiero, strada, tragitto, via, viaggio. Aggettivi giusti Il cammino can be breve/ corto, lungo,…