Category Archives: Summer

The coolest place in Tuscany?

These scorching hot August days have us desperately seeking cool.  With its shade and icy cold pools Orrido di Botri is probably the coolest activity we’ve found.  Orrido di Botri is a nature reserve in northern Tuscany and in summer … Continue reading

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Painting Ponte

I’ve been very neglectful of this blog recently. But I had to come out of hibernation for the painting competition. Regular readers will know from previous posts how much I enjoy this event. for those new readers, every July our … Continue reading

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Painting the town

Painting the town red? Well a few did, and all other colours possible. This Sunday saw the 5th edition of the painting competition ‘Colori e Sapori’ where artists come to Ponte a Serraglio to paint our beautiful little town in … Continue reading

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The empress, the devil and the moon.

I wish  the Tarot Garden was nearer. I’d love to go there often. But I’m in Northern Tuscany and it’s about as far south in Tuscany as you can get, about a mile from the border with Lazio. It’s like … Continue reading

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Marble, Bronze and Beach – Pietrasanta, Tuscany

Still feeling a bit wintry today, so I’m continuing my look back at last summer’s sunshine and trips to the beach! One very hot afternoon we wanted to go somewhere not too far, somewhere we hadn’t been before, with a … Continue reading

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Beyond Tuscany – Lerici, Liguria

As the New Year starts I find myself looking back over  2011 and I’ve realised there were many other places I meant to share and didn’t get the chance at the time. January is a quieter month  so I thought … Continue reading

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A beach in Tuscany.

These hot summer days all my time away from Villa Rosalena seems to involve getting in water somehow. Beach, river, pool, lake, anywhere cool! Yesterday was to Marina di Vecchiano. This is the beach we go to most often.  Reason … Continue reading

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Painting Tuscany!

Today is the fourth ‘Colori e Sapori’ painting competition in Ponte a Serraglio. Held each year on a Sunday in early to mid July, artists have their canvas or board stamped at 8.oo  inthe morning, then have until 4.00 in … Continue reading

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Beyond Tuscany – The Cinque Terre- an unusually short day trip!

This Wednesday we made one of our craziest day trips, one that shouldn’t have worked or been possible yet ended up as a brilliant day. I love visiting the Ligurian coast, rugged and dramatic, yet easily reached from northern Tuscany.  … Continue reading

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