The Witches’ Oak

The Witches’ Oak (La Quercia delle Streghe) If you happen to be near Lucca, to be precise if you are  in the vicinities of  the hamlet of San Martino in Colle – in the Villa Carrara park – you have to stop : here a majestic oak tree of extraordinary shape known as the Witches’ oak, can be found.  600…

Siena, Camporegio’s ghost :The mistery of the nun

👻👻 Siena , Camporegio’s ghost :The mistery of the nun ( By Marì Regoli- CB) Siena is well known for its ‘contrade’, parts of the city, that every year fight to win the ‘cencio‘: a painting given as reward to the winner of the Palio horse race . A detail:  all of  the seventeen ‘contrade’…

Siena and the Never-found-River

Siena and the Never-found-River legend.  Built on top of three hills, far away from natural sources of water  (lakes or rivers), the choice of Siena’s location is an unusual one to start with.  The majority of rich towns were built near water, think of famous ones! On one hand this allowed Siena to defend itself…

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…