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…

October on Elba Island: a detox holiday (part II)

October on Elba Island:  “Come si fa a spiegare il mare a chi lo guarda e vede solo acqua” In my mind I have divided my journey on the island in three parts, the first one starting from Capoliveri and going to Porto Azzurro, Rio Marina and Cavo. Porto Azzurro is maybe one of my favourite…

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…