Italian Opera in Siena

I have friends coming in October and we plan to attend this event. The most beautiful and famous arias from Italian Opera's repertoire. From March to November, Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 9:15 P.M. There is Opera in Siena. La Boheme, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata and Le Nozze Di Figaro Auditorium S. Stefano … Continue reading Italian Opera in Siena

The Iconic Cypress Alleys of the Arceno Estate

Each day, I am blessed to either walk or drive upon the pictured one kilometre long iconic cypress alley. There are two of these magnificent cypress alleys located on the thousand hectare estate known as Arceno. The Arceno estate web site http://www.arceno.it  situates the estate "..in the heart of Tuscany in the Sienese Chianti area, … Continue reading The Iconic Cypress Alleys of the Arceno Estate

An Enchanting Tuscan Valley and the Italian Garden

When we first moved into the Casale (country house) our wonderful neighbors gave us a book titled The Best Gardens in Italy by Kristy McLeod. After reviewing the book, my husband and I decided we would visit as many Italian gardens as we could during our time in Tuscany. At home, on the East Coast … Continue reading An Enchanting Tuscan Valley and the Italian Garden

Italian classes and time to enjoy Siena

On Friday, five days of beginners intense Italian classes were finished! The third student (Australian) left on day 2, upgraded to the intermediate class and my fellow Swiss student and I were left to fend for ourselves. On Wednesday a wonderful lady from Tokyo arrived, thus the equilibrium of the class was restored! I would … Continue reading Italian classes and time to enjoy Siena

Spring time in Chianti!

Today, it is a sunny 24 degrees in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. I am sitting at my kitchen table having my “Fresca” (fresh) pecorino cheese, “prosciutto” (cured ham) slices, “Pera” (Pear) juice and consistently dry Italian bread. My favourite “colazione” (breakfast) in Italy, however you definitely need a good espresso or two to … Continue reading Spring time in Chianti!