Italy in August – we’re all going on a summer holiday!

Summer is a great time to travel to Italy. The flavoursome tomatoes make it worth the journey in themselves! Then there is the gelato, the crisp white wines, the festivals, the divine weather… One tip though for anyone planning a summer vacation to Italy: if you can, try to avoid August, and specifically Ferragosto – […]

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Tuscan Christmas Feasts!

Gathered around a round table, places were elaborately set for the entire extended family. Our napkins were rolled up to look like crackers on the elaborate spread, with the tablecloth a traditional one made by the host’s grandmother and used at every Christmas lunch for generations. One wall of the dining room was taken up […]

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Tuscan Winter: how the seasons change

Tuscany in December. If you could taste the way the Tuscan countryside looks right now, it would surely taste like cinnamon. The leaves and the birds have left the trees, abandoned nests left in full display. The countryside has evolved from its bright spring-time hues of royal purple and burning yellow of the wild flowers […]

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Italian Summer – heading for the hills of Tuscany!

As we treaded the Tuscan walking path, around half a dozen white butterflies flutter around us, as if curious to see just where we were headed. First it is past the charming Tuscan farmhouses, some with fruit and vegetable gardens surrounding the cobbled cottages, others with olive chestnut tree groves. One farmyard has several goats, […]

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