July 29 2014 / Art & Archaeology

An Art-Filled Room

Siena, Tuscany

To the left of the main apse of the Cathedral of Siena is a tiny door where you can find


July 24 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Via delle Cave

Populonia, Tuscany

You should get lost. That’s what happened in this case, and it made all the difference in the end. The


July 15 2014 / Local Interest

Coffee Aromas Recycled..

Piombino, Tuscany

Dear friends, About a year ago, we published the following note about Cristina and Maurizio and their coffee bags. Many


July 11 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Marble Floors of Siena Cathedral

Siena, Tuscany

When you go into the Cathedral of Siena, the natural inclination is to look up at the majestic vaulted ceilings.


July 7 2014 / Places

Talla, Town of Uncertainties

Talla, Tuscany

Pino dubbed Talla, tiny town in the Casentino Valley, “il paese delle incertezze.” Yes, “uncertainties” threaded through our visit there. Where


June 24 2014 / Events

The Dragon Archers of Campiglia Marittima

Campiglia Marittima, Tuscany

On April 25 almost 200 archers arrived in Campiglia Marittima. They gathered first in the central Piazza then made the


June 19 2014 / Local Interest

Tracking Down Tuscany’s Last Mill

Loro Ciuffenna, Tuscany

The colorful stuccoed houses of Loro Ciuffenna seem stacked like multi-colored children’s blocks along the gorge flanking the Ciuffenna River


June 10 2014 / Local Interest

Umbrellas in Spring

Passo di Cerventosa, Tuscany

The umbrella: a most necessary item when travelling through Italy at this time of year. Particularly useful when crossing from


May 30 2014 / Places

VideoNote: Windy Walk at Punta Falcone

Salivoli, Tuscany

THIS IS A NEW VIDEONOTE! – SEE BELOW Dear friends, building on the success of the most recent VideoNote, “Pedalling


May 26 2014 / Places

The Florence American War Cemetery

Florence, Tuscany

Many are privileged to have traveled through the magnificent hills of Tuscany. However, there was a time when all was


May 6 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Martedi’ pesce..

Piombino, Tuscany

Once upon a time, all classic art and archaeological finds throughout Italy would pour into Rome. Whether because of wealthy


March 28 2014 / Places

The Hillside Villas of Lucca

Capannori, Tuscany

We were on retreat in Lucca. A friend suggested we travel to the hillsides surrounding Lucca to see a couple


March 24 2014 / Places

Trequanda Treasures and Curiosities

Trequanda, Tuscany

Incredible: treasures wherever you head in Italy, no matter how tiny, how “insignificant” the locale. This country is a treasure


March 18 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Florentine Facades

Florence, Tuscany

Notice to all readers: Mary Jane Cryan, longtime ItalianNotebook contributor (of today’s note too), would like to invite all ItalianNotebook


March 4 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Painting with Stone

Florence, Tuscany

Take time to visit this tiny jewel in Florence: the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Literally meaning “Factory of Hard Stones”,


January 21 2014 / Places

Surprise at the Top

Castilgion Fiorentino, Tuscany

It’s a haul to get to the top, but curiosity will get the best of you. Somewhat difficult to visit


January 17 2014 / Events

Lucca by Candlelight

Lucca, Tuscany

It was no accident, being in Lucca on September 13. We came to witness the Luminaria di Santa Croce, procession


December 11 2013 / Places

Tuscan Treasures in Winter Hibernation

Chiusdino, Tuscany

The hilltowns of central Italy slumber in winter hibernation: no tourists at all and not many “locals” affront icy winds


November 22 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Bettolle’s Whimsical Murals

Bettolle, Tuscany

Nothing like having no destination in mind and all day to get there. “ooh, we’ve often driven by that town


October 28 2013 / Places

Next town over…

Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany

All too often skipped over for its better known neighbor Cortona, Castiglion Fiorentino is just as lovely, has just as


October 22 2013 / Places

Elba – Napoleon’s Isle

Elba, Tuscany

Sailing into the bay of Portoferraio, one can’t but think of him: Napoleon, emperor of half of Europe, who can’t


October 14 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Old customs?

Sodo, Tuscany

Having heard about some Etruscan tombs, and with an hour to spare before lunch, it was time to do some