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Looking for a bit of Tuscan inspiration? Here I'll share the latest of what I'm up to  in Florence - which at the moment is a bit restricted thanks to the pandemic!  I can't wait to be able to travel around Tuscany again but in the meantime I'll be posting a few excerpts from the magazines as well as sharing a few updates from our daily life with two young boys.

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by Arturo Dori This comforting and nourishing risotto is just what you need to keep away the winter chill!  Kale, known as cavolo nero in Italian is a favourite staple in many Tuscan homes during the colder months.  Used in the hearty soup, Ribollita, it also makes a wonderful pesto and pairs perfectly with salty […]

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TASTE : Food & Drink

il PORCINO

I will never forget my joy when many years ago, I found my very first porcino mushroom. I really couldn’t believe my eyes when after what seemed like endless hours of climbing up and down a mountainside in the hills above Pistoia, about an hour from Florence. There he was in plain sight, almost like […]

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VISIT

DARIO CECCHINI – A Butcher in Chianti

You can’t travel to Panzano in Chianti without noticing the bold, dark red and white striped building with the brightly coloured floral cow sitting out the front.   Welcome to the world of Dario Cecchini, an eighth-generation butcher whose colourful personality ensures that your visit here will be one that you won’t forget quickly!  In […]

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VISIT

A YEAR IN TUSCANY

Do you have a favourite season? The beauty of Tuscany is that every season offers something special, unique and incredibly beautiful. These four issues of This Tuscan Life, are a collection of the This Tuscan Life magazine. A collection of the best of Tuscany – the best things to do, visit, eat, drink and celebrate. […]

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Festive

CALCIO STORICO

A Historical Game of Soccer – Florentine Style *Featured photo above by Giuseppe Sabella Calcio Storico Fiorentino (historic football) is an early form of football that originated in 16th-century Italy. Once widely played, the sport is thought to have originated in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, where the game is still played today each year.  […]

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VISIT

PODERE IL CASALE

On a clear day in late February, just before Italy went into lockdown, I set off from Florence to Podere il Casale, an organic, family-run farm located in the breathtakingly beautiful area of the Val D’Orcia.  The property, located about ten minutes from the Renaissance town of Pienza has been owned by Swiss-born, Ulisse Braendli […]

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Living in Florence

REFLECTIONS in LOCKDOWN

Living in Florence during the Covid-19 pandemic. I’ve sat down to write this post too many times to mention, wanting to put down what my feelings have been regarding our transition from normal every-day life to living in lockdown in Florence but I’ve found it hard to concentrate on writing or working on anything in […]

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BRASATO di MUSCOLO

Tuscan Slow Cooked Braised Beef with Red Onions by Luciano Ghinassi Luciano starts his day early at the restaurant and this is one of the dishes that he makes first thing so that it cooks long and slow to ensure the muscle breaks down and becomes tender, while the onions soften in the wine resulting […]

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BUCA LAPI

Not your average hole-in-the-wall! Buca Lapi, named after its founding owner is one of those places that needs no introduction. Located in the wine cellars of Palazzo Antinori, Buca Lapi, is the oldest running restaurant in Florence, dating back to 1880. It was opened as a trattoria and mescita / wine bar when the Antinori […]

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Things to Do

VIAREGGIO CARNIVAL

The town of Viareggio, on the Versilia coast, is home to one of the most impressive Carnival festivals in Italy. Attracting crowds of more than 600,000 people each year, it’s one of the most important and not-to-be-missed dates of the year! Carnival celebrations are held all over Italy from Venice and Milan down to the […]

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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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