Always on the lookout for a local sagra (food festival) when visiting the countryside, it became evident that the Sagra
Day trip to Cavo. Why not? It was simply one of the destinations of the various ferries leaving Piombino on
There’s just so much to do and see in and around Florence and it’s worth it to explore surrounding cities.
In late fall, chestnuts pop in the night in the medieval backstreets of Arcidosso, Tuscan mountain village on Mount Amiata.
In small Italian villages the piazza is the living room of the paese and the bar are the living conduits
The Medici family acquired enormous power and wealth as bankers and financiers influencing the legacy of Florence and Tuscany for
Not much left after being taken over (and built up) by the Romans, after falling into disrepair around the fall
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a free-standing campanile (bell tower) in the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) of
History has no shortage of towns being named after their founders… Alexandria in Egypt, Constantinople, Washington, etc. There’s another one
On every trip to Italy, I step off the beaten path and find a town the guidebooks have overlooked. Barga
Just 15 minutes west of Chianciano Terme is one of our favorite restaurants, Dopolavoro, at the beautiful La Foce Estate.
West of Lucca in this nondescript village, you’ll note a rotund wine cask on the right with vino sfuso (wine by
Massa Marittima is not on the tourist trail, but it should be. We were captivated when we entered the town
In the small main piazza, stately fortified towers, soaring like stalwart guards, bear witness to Lucignano’s bellicose past. For centuries contested
The island of Elba, positioned about 20kms off the Tuscan coast, is easily accessible by ferry from Piombino, south of
The collection of villages called Bagni di Lucca has been around for centuries. Some of the mountain villages were settled
Actually, it’s called Castelluccio (little castle), not that No Parking Picnic Castle is much more original, granted. Yet, that’s the
Near La Verna (where St. Francis’s of Assisi founded the Sanctuary of St. Francesco and where he received the stigmata) is
Nearby Siena and very well hidden among the hills is the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, well known for its
Frida van der Horst is Dutch and studied in Rome. She was living in northern Tuscany when she heeded the
“Ma Vostro Onore,” (But Your Honor), “I’m short almost 16 Fiaschi of wine. Instead of the usual two Barili, Francesco