June 30 2016 / Food & Wine

Il Bico

Piazze, Tuscany

Always on the lookout for a local sagra (food festival) when visiting the countryside, it became evident that the Sagra


June 14 2016 / Art & Archaeology

The Tonietti Mausoleum

Cavo, Tuscany

Day trip to Cavo. Why not? It was simply one of the destinations of the various ferries leaving Piombino on


May 13 2016 / Food & Wine

Carciofi Extravaganza

Riotorto, Tuscany

A must if you’re ever in the area in early May! The four weekend long Sagra del Carciofo just took


May 9 2016 / Local Interest

A Hole in the Ground

Colline Metallifere, Tuscany

That the area was always rich in minerals is well known. Its long history since the bronze age as a


February 2 2016 / Places

Under the Etruscan Sun in Prato

Prato, Tuscany

There’s just so much to do and see in and around Florence and it’s worth it to explore surrounding cities.


November 20 2015 / Events

Arcidosso’s Festa della Castagna

Arcidosso, Tuscany

In late fall, chestnuts pop in the night in the medieval backstreets of Arcidosso, Tuscan mountain village on Mount Amiata.


November 16 2015 / Local Interest

The Faces of Campiglia

Campiglia, Tuscany

In small Italian villages the piazza is the living room of the paese and the bar are the living conduits


August 3 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Fufluna’s Perch

Populonia, Tuscany

Not much left after being taken over (and built up) by the Romans, after falling into disrepair around the fall


June 23 2015 / Places

Cosmopoli?

Portoferraio, Tuscany

History has no shortage of towns being named after their founders… Alexandria in Egypt, Constantinople, Washington, etc. There’s another one


April 23 2015 / Places

Barga, A Step Into Renaissance

Barga, Tuscany

On every trip to Italy, I step off the beaten path and find a town the guidebooks have overlooked. Barga


March 27 2015 / Food & Wine

Dopolavoro – Let’s gather after work!

La Foce, Tuscany

Just 15 minutes west of Chianciano Terme is one of our favorite restaurants, Dopolavoro, at the beautiful La Foce Estate.


March 12 2015 / Food & Wine

More than a Snack, this “Ciancino”

San Macario in Piano, Tuscany

West of Lucca in this nondescript village, you’ll note a rotund wine cask on the right with vino sfuso (wine by


January 23 2015 / Places

Massa Marittima, a Tuscan Secret

Massa Marittima, Toscana

Massa Marittima is not on the tourist trail, but it should be. We were captivated when we entered the town


December 11 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Striking Gold in Lucignano

Lucignano, Tuscany

In the small main piazza, stately fortified towers, soaring like stalwart guards, bear witness to Lucignano’s bellicose past. For centuries contested


October 21 2014 / Places

A Photo Tour of Elba

Isola d'Elba, Tuscany

The island of Elba, positioned about 20kms off the Tuscan coast, is easily accessible by ferry from Piombino, south of


October 6 2014 / Places

Bagni di Lucca

Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany

The collection of villages called Bagni di Lucca has been around for centuries. Some of the mountain villages were settled


October 1 2014 / Places

No Parking Picnic Castle

Actually, it’s called Castelluccio (little castle), not that No Parking Picnic Castle is much more original, granted. Yet, that’s the


September 29 2014 / Places

The Potter of La Rocca

La Rocca, Tuscany

Near La Verna (where St. Francis’s of Assisi founded the Sanctuary of St. Francesco and where he received the stigmata) is


September 12 2014 / Places

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

Asciano, Tuscany

Nearby Siena and very well hidden among the hills is the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, well known for its


August 5 2014 / Local Interest

Etruscan Agriculture at Baratti Bay

Stazione di Populonia, Tucany

Frida van der Horst is Dutch and studied in Rome. She was living in northern Tuscany when she heeded the


July 30 2014 / Local Interest

For once and for all…

Campiglia, Tuscany

“Ma Vostro Onore,” (But Your Honor), “I’m short almost 16 Fiaschi of wine. Instead of the usual two Barili, Francesco