A Piedi in Toscana (dual language)

(IT) – Siamo partiti Domenica mattina, di buon’ora, per un percorso a piedi  nella mia amata Val d’Orcia.  Obiettivo: una Domenica di slow travel, alla ricerca di un momento per riconnettersi con noi stessi, educandoci “all’ascolto del Silenzio”, all’abitudine di “Guardare” e non solo “Vedere”. Un gruppo di “viaggiatori lenti”; abbiamo scelto un  itinerario che…

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…

Walk with Ghost (all included)

Walk with Ghost (all included) by Mari R: – I must admit that this is a post I would never have imagined writing. I was only out for a peaceful walk in the wood, so, I didn’t take either the camera or the mobile with me.  I wanted to hear nothing but birds singing and…

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…