Cypresses,  slender sentinels of Tuscan hills (dual language)

(EN) Cypresses,  slender sentinels of Tuscan hills (by Marì R.) : Lonely, like the spear of an errant knight, or  like an army of brave soldiers, cypresses grace Tuscan  landscapes. It is so common in Tuscany that I almost forgot I have a beautiful cypress in my vegetable garden (orto). Cypresses look like an integral…

Aceto & Rosmarino – Le Ricette della nonna, la mia (dual language)

Aceto & Rosmarino – Le Ricette della nonna, la mia (IT) Inspiro l’odore pungente dell’aceto seguito dall’aroma del Rosmarino e, improvvisamente, sono trasportata nella cucina di mia nonna. I suoi occhi verde giada concentrati su qualcosa che sta cucinando, i suoi capelli lisci perfetti, tagliati a caschetto, una specie di attrice del cinema in bianco…

Ricette , Occhi verdi e Ricordi (articolo in Italiano)

Tutto è nato da un intreccio di ricordi d’infanzia, di storie raccontate, di foto ritrovate, di donne dagli occhi verdi, di ricette tramandate. Perché è così che da sempre funziona a casa mia : abbiamo spesso fatto fatica a conservare quaderni e appunti : siamo sempre “andate a memoria”. E i ricordi, si sa, col…

“Girlfriend Getaways” – Piccole Pause in Toscana

“Girlfriend Getaways” – Piccole Pause in Toscana : Itineraries planned for, and led by, women to UNPLUG & ENJOY some ME-TIME Traveling Alone – It can be such a rewarding experience! Learning to travel alone can be the occasion to grow and re-connect with your inner –self. In the meantime, you can enjoy the companionship…

Meet Duccio and his photos

Meet Duccio and his photos : Catching a moment, fixing an instant, capturing an expression, a look, the light of a particular moment … all of this is, for me, equivalent to making an instant last forever. Extending a moment, stopping time, as if it was endless.  Handing down something to those remaining after us…

Bionda Val d’Orcia

Bionda Val d’Orcia : Coming back to Tuscany after many years abroad meant to me an agenda full of appointments, places to discover and locations to see again after a long time. Val d’Orcia was on top of my list as, for years, I had in mind an American movie we used to watch with…

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…

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…

MAGGIOLATA: Welcome Sweet May

( By Marì R. & CB) MAGGIOLATA: WELCOME SWEET MAY : May is a magnificent month, when Spring fully opens her “colorful”, “scented” arms and her arrival is heartily welcomed in many towns and cities all over Tuscany. I would like to take you today through an ancient Tuscan tradition.  We need to go back…