Apple Scent – Profumo di Mela (dual language)

Apple Scent – Profumo di Mela (EN) Scent of apple pie, sugar and cinnamon. Memories of festive atmospheres, my mother and grandmother at home, women gathered around the kitchen table, kneading and chatting … and the heart warming aroma of baked apples rising from the oven. For me, the scent of the Apples awakes memories…

Etruscan Herbarium

Etruscan Herbarium: More than 2000 years ago, Etruria’s woods were rich in trees, plants and medicinal herbs, real sources of healing remedies. All around Viterbo there were thick forests all the way up to Perugia. Greek authors mention Etruscans’ ability in making magic potions as well as their fame as “fabbricatori di farmaci” –drug makers…

Almost all about the Rose (dual language)

Almost all about the Rose:  “It’s the time you wasted for your Rose that makes your Rose so important” (A. de Saint-Exupéry) For centuries the Rose has been the symbol of femininity and its velvety petals a design of perfection created by Nature. We already wrote about the nourishing oil extracted from Rose seeds, but Rose…

Vitamin-rich Rose Hip (dual language)

(EN) Rose Hip – Rosa canina is one of the key elements for the Essere-Bio-Spa products by Essere-per-te, Un Laboratorio tra le Colline. There are five distinct species of this rose: dog rose (Rosa canina), field rose (Rosa arvensis), sweet briar (Rosa rubiginosa), burnet rose (Rosa spinosissima), and downy rose (Rosa villosa). The Etruscan Herbarium…

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)…

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…

Organic Beauty Products & Etruscan Wisdom

Organic Beauty Products & Etruscan Wisdom: In Italian the word Benessere (lit. Being Well: Essere Bene) is the translation for Wellness Inspired to our Etruscan ancestors’deep knowledge of herbs, oils and plants properties for health and beauty, a Tuscan-made new organic beauty line for Ben-ESSERE has just been released. The line’s label is written using the…

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…

Mystical Volterra

Mystical Volterra : Winding roads and a landscape different from any other you have seen in Tuscany. A feeling of magic and mistery in the air, a mysterious town enclosed within a wall with stone arches as gates, narrow roads and signs of history at every corner. With only one way in and out for…