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…

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,…

“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…

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…

His Majesty The Basil – Sua Maestà il Basilico (dual language)

His Majesty The Basil- Sua Maestà il Basilico (by MR, AO, CH): The most Regal/Royal among the herbs…and maybe the most aromatic one as well! The name of this aromatic plant comes from the ancient Greek basilikon that means “Herb worthy of a king”. This plant has ancient origins, it was already renowned among Romans…

October on Elba Island: a detox holiday (part III)

Octber on Elba island: Finally, for the last part of my journey I moved to Marciana Marina driving through the amazing coast that takes you there all the way from Capoliveri. I wouldn’t know how to describe or explain the feeling of the Mistral or Libeccio on the skin, the strong winds through hair, the…

October on Elba Island: a detox holiday (part I)

“Un’isola e’ un’isola solo se vista dal mare” October on Elba island: Visiting an island when the holiday season is over, it is one of the best choices you can make if you are looking for some Me-Time and need to detox from overwork or need to distant  yourself from a hectic lifestyle. Being on an…

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…