Volterra, the Big “O” and Chocolate Pizza: Prima Parte (Part 1)

Have you ever visited a foreign land and felt you had been there before? Or felt so comfortable in a place that you just keep wanting to return? This is how Volterra in Northern Tuscany affects me, and although she is over 2000 year's old, every once in a while my recent memories feel a “tug” from … Continue reading Volterra, the Big “O” and Chocolate Pizza: Prima Parte (Part 1)

Tuscan Tranquillità and Natures Gift to Villa Arceno

My favourite days in Tuscany start with no set schedule, just a day to roam, see a new or familiar sight, or possibly start a new book as I swing precariously in the white netted “couples” hammock. The greying wine barrel beside the hammock, provides the perfect perch for my glass of aqua frizzante (sparkling … Continue reading Tuscan Tranquillità and Natures Gift to Villa Arceno

Lucifer’s grip on the Olive Trees, Perfume anyone?

  We were in the midst of finalizing our Casali (farmhouse) purchase this past December and I recall walking the five acre olive grove which surrounds the Villa. The Vendors  taking the lead as we trudged around the property, discussing the amazing vistas, pondering possibilities for future projects: a new seating area for painting or … Continue reading Lucifer’s grip on the Olive Trees, Perfume anyone?

Cafe Americano, Sant’ Antimo and a few Surprises!

  I literally dove head first into this Cafe Americano (American Coffee) and possibly threw in a couple back flips as well!  I really enjoyed this extraordinary "cup of Joe". Apparently the term Cafe Americano has Italian origins, derived from World War II when coffee drinking American GI’s found the Italian espresso a tad too strong for … Continue reading Cafe Americano, Sant’ Antimo and a few Surprises!