Tuscany bids farewell to Summer and Welcomes the bounty of Fall

I have learned to slow down in Tuscany realizing things will eventually get done, but in a more relaxed pace than at home. Timelines can often change and Tuscany is providing me with an education in the art of tranquillita (tranquility) and pazienza (patience), neither of which are my strong suits. This past summer has been … Continue reading Tuscany bids farewell to Summer and Welcomes the bounty of Fall

Hunting and A Traffic Stop in Tuscany

We received notice last week that another a caccia (hunting) season was upon us in Tuscany (September to February). The wild boar and deer culls were to commence on the expansive lands of the ancient Arceno wine and olive estate. The rolling hills and heavily forested countryside of Tuscany have resulted in centuries of hunting traditions … Continue reading Hunting and A Traffic Stop in Tuscany

Cappuccino, Tuscan Etiquette and Doppelganger

I have never had anyone tell me I "looked like the "raggazza (girl) down the street" in Tuscany. I distinctly have a non-Italian look, perhaps it is my sense of style (or lack thereof), mannerisms (relatively reserved), blond hair (ah hum, natural of course) and painted lacquered lips (Mum always said, "never leave the house without … Continue reading Cappuccino, Tuscan Etiquette and Doppelganger

Volterra, the Big “O” and Chocolate Pizza: Seconda Parte (Part 2)

There is an Italian proverb: “Con la pazienza s'acquista scienza” (translation; Patience acquires science or an ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains). Both meanings applied, as I sat patiently trying to resist the urge to  succumb to my well honed “front seat driving’ abilities. Finally, we arrived at Volterra having completed the … Continue reading Volterra, the Big “O” and Chocolate Pizza: Seconda Parte (Part 2)