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Beat the winter blues, Italian style.

Last weekend we enjoyed the perfect antidote to the winter blues. Every glorious colour, as vivid as can be at Viareggio. The Viareggio Carnival celebrates 140 years this year. Viareggio is a beach resort on the Tuscan coast and its … Continue reading

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Plum blossom confetti and magnolia envy

I feel very unoriginal, but like many bloggers at the moment I cannot help but share a little bit of spring! In our garden and patch of hillside the first little signs of spring are quite tiny, violets and narcissus. … Continue reading

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Snow! Where’s Mr. Tumnus?

This is what we woke up to this morning. Magical isn’t it. I’m like a little kid when it comes to snow. On days like this anyway, when I don’t have to go out in it unless I want to … 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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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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Fine Maggio- end of May, Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany

Lots of local towns around here have events for Primo Maggio, May 1st. So maybe the market in May 1st events was overloaded. Anyway Bagni di Lucca has a festa for the end of May, which this year was yesterday, … Continue reading

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Beyond Tuscany – Orvieto, Umbria.

Awesome! In the true meaning of this rather misused word. The cathedral at Orvieto inspires awe.  And to be this awesome to me, in 2011, and living in Italy (and therefore having seen many, many churches and cathedrals by now!) … Continue reading

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Beyond Tuscany – Bomarzo, Lazio

Now this chap is definitely a monster! He’s the ogre of Bomarzo and you can go inside his big dark mouth and sit on the stone bench.The park is known as the ‘monster park’ or parco dei mostri, but I … Continue reading

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Beyond Tuscany – Civita di Bagnoregio, Lazio

Pictures of Civita di Bagnoregio and the story of ‘The dying town’ had captured my interest and for a while now it has been on my mental list of ‘want to see’ places. It did not disappoint. The tiny crumbling … Continue reading

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Beyond Tuscany – Lake Bolsena

Running a B&B means we don’t plan holidays! Ironic in that we rely on others planning and booking their trips to Tuscany.  But for us we just have to grab any little gaps in the calendar when we can. This … Continue reading

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