WALK, LOOK, LOVE: the Romitorio of Cetinale (By Marì R.)

WALK, LOOK, LOVE: the Romitorio of Cetinale – There is a magnificent villa in the peaceful sienese countryside (contado senese). I could tell you that Flavio Chigi wanted this villa to be built to celebrate his uncle Fabio Chigi who had become Pope Alexander the seventh. I could tell you about the beautiful garden with…

Experiential Learning & Travelling (dual language)

Experiential Learning & Travelling (ITALIANO) : Si fa un gran parlare di “esperienze” in tutti i campi, dalla cucina all’apprendimento al turismo.  Io per prima con Chiara’s Tuscany parlo sempre di “esperienze in Toscana” ma, ad onor del vero, ho iniziato ad usare questo termine ben prima che diventasse così di moda. Nella mia mente,…

LUNA –Word of the Week

LUNA –Word of the Week: Stregati dalla Luna – Moonstruck (as in a famous movie I really loved). There has been a lot of “moon-talk” recently with celebrations coming up on July 20th for the Moon landing Anniversary: an unforgettable piece of history coupled with the unmatched magic of the Moon.   But the planet has…

Shopping in Tuscany,Italy: Practical Info

Shopping in Tuscany,Italy – Practical Info: Le nostre “lezioni sul campo” (lessons on the field) during shopping tours give the opportunity to practice your Italian if you wish to. We already had a “lesson in pills” about “Fare la spesa in Italiano” Today we want to give you some practical info in case you decide…

THE MANY FACES OF TUSCANY / I VOLTI DELLA TOSCANA

 THE MANY FACES OF TUSCANY / I VOLTI DELLA TOSCANA (dual language article) When I first met Monica, the first image that came to mind was that of a lioness; surely for the thick curly unruly dark hair interrupted by flashes of auburn light, then, getting to know her, for her strong, I would say…

“Dare i numeri” in Florence

Dare i numeri in Florence – During the nineteenth century, Florence experienced sudden massive urban changes with a great increase in business activities, evolving from being simple carts or stalls with people working just outside family homes, to regular shops, the way we know today. The municipality decided therefore that a method was needed to…

Italian Lesson in Pills: Descrivi la tua città

Italian Lesson in Pills: Descrivi la tua città – How do you describe your city? First of all it may be UNA CITTA’ PICCOLA O GRANDE , oppure UN VILLAGGIO (village) o UN BORGO (hamlet). It may be –può essere ACCOGLIENTE (welcoming) or the opposite,  CHIUSA. RICCA DI ARTE E CULTURA and PIENA DI COSE…

Vintage lady al volante (Italiano)

Vintage lady al volante: Oggi avrei voluto raccontare di un viaggio, una partenza di prima mattina per esplorare la Toscana…ma la realtà è un po’ diversa. Un poliziotto gentile…una signora vintage sempre più svampita che e’ assolutamente convinta di avere I documenti in regola… Ma il tempo..oh cielo come vola! Mi sembrava ieri…e invece erano…

ROSA – Word of the Week

ROSA- Word of the Week : With the new month, our word of the week is ROSA, the iconic May flower. There are many varieties of Roses and you are going to discover more about it in the next article @ “Tuscany Fragrant Pharmacy “. Rosa, in Italian, also is a colour(pink)  and it doesn’t…

Tea in Tuscany-Chiara’s Guide

Tea in Tuscany – Chiara’s Guide : Would you like an adventure now or shall we have our tea first?”- Peter Pan Let’s start from Siena where you can find the Corner Shop–La Vie del Tè in Via Cecco Angiolieri,  with a wide selection of unique blends; among these one of my favourites : “Turkish Tea…