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,…

La Leggiadra Rondinella (Italian)

LA LEGGIADRA RONDINELLA (by M. Regoli) : Percorrendo la Cassia da Siena in direzione di Roma non passa di certo inosservata ed anch’io, come tanti, sono sempre stata incuriosita da quella singolare villa isolata che si scorge in alto appena usciti da Buonconvento. ‘La Rondinella ‘ è una villa liberty bella ed elegante circondata dal…

Etruscans & the Worship of Beauty

Etruscans & the Worship of Beauty: 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. They also were highly knowledgeable in the field of herbal medicine and cosmetology. For these many reasons, they…

SANSEPOLCRO: A sensory experience (dual language)

(EN) SANSEPOLCRO: A sensory experience ( by Mari’ Regoli )  –  It is a clear warm day, spring like you may say, perfect for a sensory experience. Chiara and I are driving towards Sansepolcro a small town close to Arezzo. Here at the beginning of the 15th century, Master Piero della Francesca, the great painter,…

Capperi & Capers (dual language article)

(EN) Capperi & Capers: A very unique lady from Milan (as we say in Italian: una Milanese) living in Tuscany, made me laugh until I had tears in my eyes with her descriptions of how many times she had tried, in vain, to grow capers in her Tuscan garden. She tried everything not least, if…

The Witches’ Oak

The Witches’ Oak (La Quercia delle Streghe) If you happen to be near Lucca, to be precise if you are  in the vicinities of  the hamlet of San Martino in Colle – in the Villa Carrara park – you have to stop : here a majestic oak tree of extraordinary shape known as the Witches’ oak, can be found.  600…

Siena, Camporegio’s ghost :The mistery of the nun

👻👻 Siena , Camporegio’s ghost :The mistery of the nun ( By Marì Regoli- CB) Siena is well known for its ‘contrade’, parts of the city, that every year fight to win the ‘cencio‘: a painting given as reward to the winner of the Palio horse race . A detail:  all of  the seventeen ‘contrade’…