A Life of Taste, Conviviality, Countryside,

GUIDE TO ITALIAN LIVING

Summer: at last!

Summer: at last!

The hills swim with light and ripple with ears of wheat. With a constant, incantatory murmur, the yellows of straw and hay wave in the breeze beneat...

The poppies grow...

The poppies grow...

In Tuscany, May is the month of poppies. Perfect goblets of scarlet, silky petals; flowers at their most essential, with no secrets inside. They begin...

The Picnic Mythology

The Picnic Mythology

Anyone who thinks that Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe represents the first picnic in history is much mistaken. In actual fact, the origi...

Time of the Wild Tulip

Time of the Wild Tulip

As I write, new colors are bursting up around Poggio Casciano: the bright green grass that carpets the entire landscape, the countless shades of sprin...

Elaion, treasure from afar

Elaion, treasure from afar

Dozens of questions can be asked about extra-virgin olive oil: many authoritative means of communication have tackled the matter from different points...

Savoring the harvest

Savoring the harvest

Few other moments symbolize the essence of the country life in such a clear, timeless and deeply rooted way as the vendemmia, the grape harvest. With ...

Discovering lost citrus


Discovering lost citrus


Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s reputation far exceeds the breadth, and perhaps also the depth, of his artistic output. The artist from Lombardy is one of...