Sulla Via dell’Olio – Along the Olive Oil Road (dual language)

Sulla Via dell’Olio – Along the Olive Oil Road ( IT)- La Via dell’Olio è quella che dovete seguire venendo in Toscana in questo caldo Ottobre in cui tutte le regole sono state infrante. La vendemmia è finita tardissimo rispetto agli anni precedenti, e la raccolta delle olive ha iniziato già in alcuni angoli della…

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, LOOK, LOVE: the Romitorio of Cetinale (By Marì R.)

WALK, LOOK, LOVE: the Romitorio of Cetinale – There is a magnificent villa in the peaceful sienese countryside (contado senese). I could tell you that Flavio Chigi wanted this villa to be built to celebrate his uncle Fabio Chigi who had become Pope Alexander the seventh. I could tell you about the beautiful garden with…

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…

Gelato e non solo …

Gelato e non solo…- By word of mouth it is the best advert we have ever had! There are no social media that can compete. Because “by word of mouth” (in Italian “ con il passaparola”) a recommendation is also a guarantee. Talking to real people (not to an emoticon on a screen) it’s 100…

Barga

Our little, big, Barga (by M.Regoli & CB): La Garfagnana is a less renowned part of Tuscany. It’s a wide area of the Appennino, not far from Lucca, a town that I adore. Garfagnana The Garfagnana is rich in small villages scattered along the woods. It’s a place that sends you back immediately to autumn,…

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,…

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…

Tea in Tuscany-Chiara’s Guide

Tea in Tuscany – Chiara’s Guide : Would you like an adventure now or shall we have our tea first?”- Peter Pan Let’s start from Siena where you can find the Corner Shop–La Vie del Tè in Via Cecco Angiolieri,  with a wide selection of unique blends; among these one of my favourites : “Turkish Tea…

The Iron Baron Ghost

( By Mari Regoli) The Iron Baron Ghost: Even though Brolio castle is quite close to Siena, it belongs to the florentine Chianti. Therefore,  all generations of barons at Brolio were strong and trustworthy allies of Florence and the Medicis. The most famous among the Ricasoli barons certainly is Bettino Ricasoli. Successful in politics, he…