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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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Mugello, as I mentioned in my last post is known as the green valley of Tuscany. The Mugello territory was very much loved by the Medici family (in particular Lorenzo the Magnificent) and they left many signs of their dominance in the area, not only with their buildings (notably the Villa of Cafaggiolo in Barberino, […]

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Barberino Designer Outlet

Shopping & Lunching in Mugello at Europe’s most beautiful outlet! I don’t think I am alone when I say how happy I am that Tuscany has moved into the yellow zone of Covid-19 restrictions, offering us more freedom to move around.  As much as I love living in the centre of Florence, I also love […]

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Artisan

Ceramiche d’Arte Parrini

Tuscan Master Craftsman in Ceramics since 1979 One of my favourite crafts here in Italy is ceramics and I have fond memories of the 10 person table setting including pasta bowls, plates and salt & pepper containers that my parents had shipped home after one of their trips to Italy.  One of my first ‘souvenirs’ […]

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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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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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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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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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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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