October 11 2013 / Places

The Gardens of La Foce, a Tuscan Gem

Chianciano Terme, Tuscany

In the early 1920s, Iris Origo, an American brought up in Florence, and her husband, Antonio, bought a vast swath


June 21 2013 / Places

Pitigliano: Hidden Jewel of Tuscany

Pitigliano, Tuscany

Tucked into the Southwest part of Tuscany, the Maremma is an unspoilt and wild place filled with horses and cattle.


June 13 2013 / Places

Springtime Visit to La Foce

La Foce, Tuscany

One of the great private gardens of Italy, La Foce’s “absolutely breathtaking” and “fabulous” gardens are open every Wednesday afternoon


June 7 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Wedding gift!?

Florence, Tuscany

So, Nastagio comes into a load of money via some deceased relatives, and decides to spend it on lavish banquets


May 28 2013 / Food & Wine

Super Etruscan Bolgheri

Bolgheri, Tuscany

In the heart of the Etruscan coast, only a few kilometers from the seaside, is the medieval village of Bolgheri.


May 16 2013 / Places

More than just the Tower…

Pisa, Tuscany

The Leaning Tower is a sight to behold. When walking to the tower, there is a 1 in 1 chance


April 5 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Does Your Heart Skip a Beat in Florence?

Florence, Tuscany

Florence is a treasure trove of classic art, a must destination for art lovers. In droves, visitors flock to the


March 25 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Archeodig, uncovering Etruscan secrets

Populonia, Tuscany

Populonia is is one of the most active archaeological parks in Europe. Hugging the gentle Bay of Baratti on the


February 14 2013 / Art & Archaeology

The Fertility Vase

Piombino. Tuscany

This 5th century BC Greek vase, known as The Fertility Vase is unique with its suggestive figures of Pan or


February 11 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Knocking on Doors in Florence…

Florence, Tuscany

If you’re rushing from the Uffizi to the Duomo or from your hotel to the Accademia or from Ponte Vecchio


January 31 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Typeface hunting in Viareggio

Viareggio, Tuscany

Northern Tuscany’s Viareggio is famous for beaches lined with endless rows of brollies, a mad carnival in winter, and ridiculously


January 25 2013 / Food & Wine

Pappardelle al cinghiale recipe

Campiglia Marittima, Tuscany

Note from the ed. – The pappardelle al cinghiale by Sig.ra Anna Maria (below) are hands down the best I


January 22 2013 / Food & Wine

In Search of the Black Rooster

Greve in Chianti, Tuscany

Sitting proudly in the heart of Chianti country is Greve in Chianti, renamed in 1972 after the area’s inclusion in


January 15 2013 / Local Interest

The Wild Boar Hunt

Campiglia Marittima, Tuscany

A few days before November 1 when the wild boar hunting season begins one can feel the stirrings of excitement


December 6 2012 / Places

The Tuscan Cavalry

Golfo di Baratti, Tuscany

Recently the ancient Via Dei Cavalleggeri, the long Tuscan coastal road patrolled by Italian cavalry for more than 800 years


October 19 2012 / Art & Archaeology

Archeodig in Populonia

Golfo di Baratti, Populonia, Tuscany

Quietly excited voices in English and Italian blend as their discoveries unfold. Groups of volunteers, students, and young archaeologists gather


October 12 2012 / Places

Its own identity..

Capraia, Tuscany

While the same sea makes all of Italy’s islands feel familiar, or at least feel that they have a common


October 11 2012 / Local Interest

A special birthday…

Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany

Family traditions run deep in the hills of Tuscany. Medieval castles, hillside vineyards, local businesses and secret recipes are all


October 2 2012 / Places

Villa La Pietra – 4 Sides To a Villa

Florence, Tuscany

All of us view villas and their gardens with different perspectives. After visiting Villa La Pietra, a four-sided country villa


October 1 2012 / Events

San Cerbone

Golfo di Baratti, Tuscany

San Cerbone himself had quite a stormy life. He came from North Africa escaping religious persecution with a small group of


September 27 2012 / Art & Archaeology

Trifecta AND the Powerball

Radicofani, Tuscany

Frankly, if you were in the area for a drive in the countryside, you would likely be heading to Radicofani


July 30 2012 / Local Interest

Gilded Fields

Tuscany

The bright sun makes the panorama glow even more – gold wherever you look. Now that the mietitura (reaping) and


July 11 2012 / Art & Archaeology

Renewed Shine for the Ognissanti Crucifix

Florence, Tuscany

The newly restored Ognissanti crucifix has been installed in the left transept of the Chiesa di Ognissanti (All Saints Church).