Green power: Camaldoli and its hermitage

Green power: Camaldoli and its hermitage (by Marì R.) There are places in the world that are able to move the deepest strings of the soul. Follow me today, I want to show you a new place.  Il  Casentino is a less touristy area of Tuscany, not as well known as other places in the…

How bizarre! – Bizzarrie toscane

How bizarre! Bizzarrie toscane : “Digitated lemons and other curious fruits with strange deformities have always been known in Italian  as “ bizzarrie”. The finer the citrus collection, the more bizzarrie it contained . The Medici  family’s collection in Florence was undisputably the finest in Europe. Its history dates back to 1537 when Cosimo I…

“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…

Sulla Via dell’Olio – Along the Olive Oil Road (dual language)

Sulla Via dell’Olio – Along the Olive Oil Road ( IT)- La Via dell’Olio è quella che dovete seguire venendo in Toscana in questo caldo Ottobre in cui tutte le regole sono state infrante. La vendemmia è finita tardissimo rispetto agli anni precedenti, e la raccolta delle olive ha iniziato già in alcuni angoli della…

The Art of Seduction in the Etruscan World

The Art of Seduction in the Etruscan World- (…) It seems that Etruscan women were “bellissime da vedere”: very beautiful to look at, as celebrated by Greek and Roman authors who also severely judged them for being too free and extremely emancipated for their times http://www.chiarastuscany.com/2019/03/27/etruscans-the-worship-of-beauty/) Great care for appearances was not only a woman’s…

MAGGIOLATA: Welcome Sweet May

( By Marì R. & CB) MAGGIOLATA: WELCOME SWEET MAY : May is a magnificent month, when Spring fully opens her “colorful”, “scented” arms and her arrival is heartily welcomed in many towns and cities all over Tuscany. I would like to take you today through an ancient Tuscan tradition.  We need to go back…

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…

Barga

Our little, big, Barga (by M.Regoli & CB): La Garfagnana is a less renowned part of Tuscany. It’s a wide area of the Appennino, not far from Lucca, a town that I adore. Garfagnana The Garfagnana is rich in small villages scattered along the woods. It’s a place that sends you back immediately to autumn,…