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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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As I ride my bike around the city, I often stop to take photos when something catches my eye, which happens a lot in Florence, as you can imagine! One day when picking up my boys from a play-date in Piazza D’Azeglio, I noticed a great font on the signage of a cafe & bistrot.  […]

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Shopping in Florence

PAVóNE FIRENZE

A shoe & Accessory brand founded & created in the Rennaissance city. I always love discovering new fashion brands and so you can imagine my delight when I was recently introduced to a beautiful new Florentine brand called PAVóNE FIRENZE.  Founded in 2019 by Creative Directors Angela Testani and Massimo Brilli, PAVóNE FIRENZE is a […]

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TASTE : Food & Drink

Pasta & Baccelli

You know Spring has arrived when you start to see Baccelli (fava beans) in the markets and on Tuscan tables. Known also as fave (fava beans) in the rest of Italy, Baccelli is the Tuscan word for fava beans.   These beans always remind me of my Nonno in Australia as he used to grow so […]

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Tortelli Mugellani

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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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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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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