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…

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…

CASA – Word of the Week

CASA – Word of the Week: Hello everyone! Ciao a tutti! Dove siete? Quasi certamente …a casa!!! (Where are you? Almost certainly you are at home!!!) Shall we choose CASA as our Word of the Week?  La casa (fem) in Italian is the word used for both, house and home. “Casa dolce casa”(Home sweet home)…

Lavender Wine to fight dark times (dual language)

Lavender Wine to fight dark times by Marì R. – What a time is this?! News all around us give the impression of dark times.  We have to react, get out of this negative circle! Its winter, but you cannot cough, you cannot sneeze, you cannot even blow your nose! I feel like a medieval…

PANCIA – Word of the Week

Pancia – Word of the Week:  Pancia, is a colloquial noun used in Italian for  “tummy, belly, stomach”(in English). Ventre or Addome are the more elegant versions of the same. Pancia is largely used in numerous “modi di dire”. Modi di Dire con pancia Seguire la pancia , means follow the instinct, gut instinct ……

Reality or Fiction: Leonardo’s ice cream

Reality or Fiction: Leonardo’s ice cream:  I discovered Simona Bertocchi…while eating an ice cream in Siena during a “Gelato Experience” with my language students. My passion for food and culture together with my obvious sweet tooth (hidden behind a “cultural mission”) is always a good excuse. Novel and Ice cream ? Simona is an Italian…

Exploring the World of Tea

Exploring the World of Tea –  Cup of Tea anyone? It’s no mistery that our ChiarasTuscany team loves tea and everything tea-related. Maybe it’s our British double heart, maybe it is our French team connection , whatever the reason we truly are passionate about it! We have already mentioned that Tea  is not part of…

VINO- Word of the Week

VINO – Word of the Week : The last Word of the Week we chose for the  year 2019 was Capodanno,  with the numerous toasts (brindisi) made with Champagne and Prosecco. We have decided te stay on the topic and our first Word of the Week for 2020 is VINO. How do you say VINO…

I MOTIVI PER VIAGGIARE – REASONS FOR  TRAVELING (dual language)

  (IT) – I Motivi per Viaggiare I motivi per viaggiare sono molti ed ognuno è validissimo– In uno dei miei ultimi viaggi , il mio motivo è stato personale, direi un motivo “del cuore”: una visita a mia figlia che vive all’estero. Come me, miriadi di genitori partono per trovare i figli sparsi per…

“FALSI AMICI” A TAVOLA

In Italian and in Italy, the table, LA TAVOLA, as we have already discovered brings with it  a concept different from IL TAVOLO. It is around UNA TAVOLA that one should have the loved ones and, of course, Real  Friends – VERI AMICI.  That’s why we believe it is more than ever important for you…