Magic Pumpkin – La Zucca Magica (dual language)

(EN) MAGIC PUMPKIN (by CB & Amélie Amande) Leaving the house early in the morning, when  still dark,  coming back late in the evening, spending most of our time indoors … This is what winter is, for most of us. These are the months when we need help fighting the lack of light effects ….

Legends & Wellness Secrets from Tuscan Woods (dual language)

(IT) Il Corbezzolo: Leggende e Segreti di Benessere dai Boschi Toscani (by Marì R.) – Passeggiando per i boschi autunnali calmi e stanchi dopo l’estate, tra il verde scuro dei lecci ed il verde-giallo delle foglie delle querce pronte a cadere, si possono facilmente individuare delle chiazze di verde brillante punteggiate di bianco e rosso….

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…

Blackberries: black pearls from the woods(dual language article)

(EN) (by Marì & Violante R.)  Blackberries: black pearls from the woods : How delicious blackberries are!  Sweet fruits of late summer. Being quite difficult to preserve, it is not easy to find them in stores.  It’s a pity, they are so good! Where can we find these delicious berries? Nothing easier here in Tuscany…

Linden Tree – Tiglio (dual language)

(EN) Linden Tree: The Scented One (by Marì R) I was in my garden, hydrangeas in full bloom, reading one of the books from The Lord of the Rings. My nose into the pages, thanks to Tolkien’s powerful writing, I was transported with Frodo, one of his characters, walking with him into the Lorien woods….

Cheerful Lemon – L’Allegro Limone (dual language article)

 (EN) Cheerful Lemon: Theory & Practice : Yellow is a splash of energy and the colour of Summer and Lemons. I love lemons and even though I am not so lucky to have easy access to the wonderful huge ones from the Amalfi Coast, I still can find and use very good quality organic lemons…

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…

Salt: Secrets & Benefits (dual language)

Salt: Secrets & Benefits (EN): Pink, Red, white, gray, whole, refined, iodized, coming from Sicily or from the exotic Himalaya, whatever the type or the origin, Salt can be a powerful ally or a strong enemy for our organism. Sal maris, Latin for Salt from the sea, was used in Tuscany since old times and right…

SANSEPOLCRO: A sensory experience (dual language)

(EN) SANSEPOLCRO: A sensory experience ( by Mari’ Regoli )  –  It is a clear warm day, spring like you may say, perfect for a sensory experience. Chiara and I are driving towards Sansepolcro a small town close to Arezzo. Here at the beginning of the 15th century, Master Piero della Francesca, the great painter,…

Capperi & Capers (dual language article)

(EN) Capperi & Capers: A very unique lady from Milan (as we say in Italian: una Milanese) living in Tuscany, made me laugh until I had tears in my eyes with her descriptions of how many times she had tried, in vain, to grow capers in her Tuscan garden. She tried everything not least, if…