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…

Eating Vegetarian in Tuscany

Are you vegetarian? Walking the streets of Tuscany with friends and guests who love food and wine is, of course, a very enjoyable experience and an easy one to organize. Surely there is no shortage of places to choose from in this beautiful region. However, not being vegetarian myself, I have to think a bit…

CAPPELLO – Word of the Week

Cappello – Hat , Word of the Week: In Summer, “under the Tuscan sun” one can’ t do without it! Non si può fare a meno dei Cappelli! ATTENZIONE to double consonants! In Italian they are very important! Un CAPPELLO is a HAT while Un CAPELLO  (only one “p” difference) is hair. I CAPPELLI have…

Meet Luciano: Crystal Master

Meet Luciano, Crystal Master : His workshop and shop is called La Grotta del Cristallo, that in English translates as the Crystal Cave and it’s located in the small town of Colle Val d’Elsa , near Siena, renowned for crystal production and decoration. Città del Cristallo – City of Crystal Mistakenly ignored by tourist itineraries,…

STELLA – WORD OF THE WEEK

STELLA- Star, Word of the Week , of course! Today , August 10th, in Italy we celebrate San Lorenzo and it’s  tranditionally  the night of the shooting stars: LA NOTTE DELLE STELLE CADENTI, è IL MOMENTO DI ESPRIMERE UN DESIDERIO! (time to make a wish) UNA STELLA, MOLTE STELLE, LA STELLA CADENTE is different from…

The Sword in the Stone: English or Italian mystery?

The Sword in the Stone: English or Italian mystery?  When living in England I was fascinated by the many stories about ghosts populating uninhabited castles. There are entire TV programs where presenters go live searching for proof of ghosts’ passage as well as a rich literature on the subject.  But Tuscany too shares this passion…

Mistery Tuscany: Volaterrae

Everybody is familiar with the beautiful Tuscan landscape filled with poppies and sunflowers, but I want to take you on a journey with a new perspective on the region everyone wants to visit starting from Volterra . Tuscany, is a land of mysterious legends as well as  hamlets or villages where a surreal atmosphere leaves…