“Girlfriend Getaways” – Piccole Pause in Toscana

“Girlfriend Getaways” – Piccole Pause in Toscana : Itineraries planned for, and led by, women to UNPLUG & ENJOY some ME-TIME Traveling Alone – It can be such a rewarding experience! Learning to travel alone can be the occasion to grow and re-connect with your inner –self. In the meantime, you can enjoy the companionship…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Organic Beauty Products & Etruscan Wisdom

Organic Beauty Products & Etruscan Wisdom: In Italian the word Benessere (lit. Being Well: Essere Bene) is the translation for Wellness Inspired to our Etruscan ancestors’deep knowledge of herbs, oils and plants properties for health and beauty, a Tuscan-made new organic beauty line for Ben-ESSERE has just been released. The line’s label is written using the…

10 Idiomatic expressions to speak like the English

 10 Idiomatic expressions to speak like the English : @ChiarasTuscany & @ChiarasEngland  our motto is #chiparlapiulinguevivepiuvite If it is true that learning slang and idiomatic expressions is fun when practicing Italian, the same is true if you are learning English. Here I our list of top 10 popular English expressions:  Use them and show off…

Un Piccolo Teatro in the heart of Siena

Hidden gem in one of the most elegant cities I can think of, Palazzo Sergardi and Piccolo Teatro is part of my childhood memories.  It’s  squeaky parquet under ballet shoes, crackling music from an old stereo, it’ s the sound of the teacher’s dance stick tapping out the rhythm… If I close my eyes I can…