Tag: tuscany

A Very Italian Road Trip, Part 2

We travel with friends to Florence and find a city beyond compare. Art, beauty, food, and wine all at our fingertips....

Perfect Italian Days

Perfect Italian days are meant for exploring. Come visit some of my favorite places with me....

Pranzo Fuori

A beautiful January day in Tuscany is perfect for a picnic in the mountains. ...

Zen and the Art of Piazza Parties

Italians love a good party.  In the summer when the heat of the day gives way to the coolness of the evening, Italians come out and gather.  The piazza concept is perfect for this, and I’m pretty sure that’s why they were invented.  Piazzas are places to conduct business...

The Venticello is Gone With the Wind

We arrived here two weeks ago to the most amazing weather.  It was hot – in the 90s – but very low humidity and and the most delicious breeze, the venticello.  That breeze kissed your face and brushed your body with a gentle coolness that made you feel like...

The Miracle of Leroy Merlin

We visited the Leroy Merlin near Perugia to look for some outdoor furniture for our terrace.  Leroy Merlin is kind of like a Home Depot.  Getting to it required a trip on the E45, the main highway that cuts through Umbria and eastern Tuscany.  Now you may think this...

The Angles of Anghiari

Anghiari is a small town.  It’s about 5,500 people.  I call it a partial hill town because if you come upon it from the east you will see it as a majestic hill town, but if you come upon it from the west, it looks pretty ho-hum.  The hill...

Jesus at the End of My Street

I live on Via della Propositura, which is basically the street of the parish church.  As the name implies, the parish church is just down the way from us.  There’s really nothing else on this street – a few houses and a couple of entrances to the centro storico...

Italian Complications

I know it seems like my life is perfect (and for the most part it is right now – I’m continually pinching myself), however, we do have our share of complications.  And they’re complications in Italian which is whole new sphere of weirdness. We recently ran some errands in...