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Rain, Rain, go away………….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Il Fiume in PienaArno River

It’s been raining non-stop for what seems like weeks and the Arno river is flowing angrily and rising quickly.  Murky, swirling water now covers where there is usually long stretches of green banks and what is commonly known as The Beach here is totally under water.

One thing that this post doesn’t share is the incredibly loud roar of the water as it surges past.  Some points look more like a white-water-rafting location and with another week of rain predicted, it will be interesting to see how high the water rises.

 

Arno River

The older generation who remember the Flood of 1966 are nervously watching the water level for fear of another repeat of that tragic November day.

Arno River 'milkshake'

Smooth and rough water

Arno froth

 

 

'The Beach', Arno River

 

Above is where The Beach is normally located – hard to imagine people laying out getting a tan there now!

 

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No green river-banks to be seen.

No green river-banks to be seen.

 

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FOOD OBSESSED, FASHION LOVER, BUSY MAMMA, MAGAZINE CREATOR & WATERCOLOUR ARTISt.

Ciao, I'm Lisa B,
I’m a magazine founder & editor, a private food & shopping guide and watercolour artist who wants to share everything I know about the best-kept secrets in Tuscany with you.

I created This Tuscan Life blog, magazine and experiences to share everything I love about Florence & Tuscany, one of the most popular and visited regions in Italy.   Add a splash of watercolour & you've got a creative mamma of two who wants to show you the true & authentic side of Tuscany.

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These delicious soft square pillows of ravioli filled with mashed potato, cheese, garlic and parsley are more commonly known in Tuscany as Tortelli Mugellani, the famous Tortello from Mugello! If you haven’t tried these yet, then add them to your list of ‘must-taste’ when you next travel to this region known as the ‘Green Valley of Tuscany’. 

Barberino di Mugello is a small town found an easy thirty minute drive along the A1 from Florence or 45 minutes from Bologna. For those of you that know me well, you’ll understand one of the things that I find special about visiting Barberino…….. Did someone say Designer Outlet?

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