San Galgano – A True Sword in the Stone

 I had never heard or read anything about San Galgano, but my husband had saved a clipping from an old copy of Italy Magazine (2014),  and it had made the "Tuscany day tripping" file. With this torn, wrinkled page in hand, we set out as the weather was becoming increasingly cool and the sky darkening … Continue reading San Galgano – A True Sword in the Stone

Cinghiale (Wild Boar) “Leftovers”

  Admittedly, I have a fondness for the Cinghiale (wild boar) and when I am fortunate enough to get a brief glimpse of this nocturnal and ferocious warrior, I feel in touch with the wilds of Tuscany. "He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.” ― Confucius After arriving in Tuscany this past spring,  I saw only … Continue reading Cinghiale (Wild Boar) “Leftovers”

CastelnoVino VII Edizione – June 2, 2019 An Annual Tuscan Wine & Food Event, Castelnuovo Berardegna

"But if you come I shall pour for you Eustruscan Chianti similar to ruby, that kisses you and bites you and makes you shed sweet tears" - Fulvio Testi (1593-1646) Castelnuovo Berardenga (1366),   is a designated Città Slow (City of good living) due to its decidedly tranquil and peaceful way of life.http://www.cittadelvino.it This includes a dedication to … Continue reading CastelnoVino VII Edizione – June 2, 2019 An Annual Tuscan Wine & Food Event, Castelnuovo Berardegna

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