A Tuscan Primavera with Sergio’s Blessings

I am often asked when is the best time to visit Tuscany? My answer is always the same: "There is never a bad time to visit Tuscany, the landscape is always transforming itself with various colours, yet it retains its' beauty throughout the seasons;  Primavera (Spring), Estate (Summer), Atunno autunno (Fall) and Inverno (Winter). However, … Continue reading A Tuscan Primavera with Sergio’s Blessings

Tuscan Rain, Lightening Strikes and the Olive Harvest

The lightning​ storm last week, was fierce, as lightning bolts raced across the blackened Tuscan sky. Without any "unnatural illumination" the magnificent dark sky provided a backdrop for the white streaks of light which could be seen shooting towards the fortified gem of San Gusme (867 BC) and over the glorious 12th century Montebenichi in the … Continue reading Tuscan Rain, Lightening Strikes and the Olive Harvest

The Tuscan Sweet Life with Gli Antichi Sapori (Pasticceria)

Mio marito (my husband) and I decided to sit at a table located on the terrazzo outside Bar Centrale, hoping the beige awnings would provide some protection from the impending rain.  I chose the tavolo (table) in the far corner thinking we would read the Siena giornale (newspaper); the cool metal of the silver chairs feeling … Continue reading The Tuscan Sweet Life with Gli Antichi Sapori (Pasticceria)

Grilli (Crickets) of Tuscany​

It was a mere fifteen minutes after seeing him leave the Casale (house) when my husband quietly reappeared from the yard. As he gently shut the chestnut doors behind him, he said with a look of disbelief; “I can’t concentrate, I have tried to read the same chapter of my book over and over again, … Continue reading Grilli (Crickets) of Tuscany​

An Authentic Tuscan Cena (Dinner) prepared by the Tuscan Chef “Marta”

The crickets had been singing a boisterous melody throughout the day, their chorus was in response to the increasingly hot temperatures. As the evening approached they seemed to soothe themselves by performing a more enchanting song; as if setting the stage for a much-anticipated Cena (dinner) at our neighbors Penny and James. The neighbors Casale … Continue reading An Authentic Tuscan Cena (Dinner) prepared by the Tuscan Chef “Marta”