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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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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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TASTE : Food & Drink

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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This Tuscan Life-Ebook

WINTER Magazine

Winter in Tuscany The Winter issue is available for download. I’ll be honest. I don’t love the cold and so Winter in Tuscany is not my favourite season but there are many things here that make this season so much more bearable. The festivities don’t end with Christmas and New Year. Come February and it’s […]

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Fashion & Design

ROY ROGER’S

THE FIRST TUSCAN BRAND TO BRING DENIM TO ITALY. Hear the words Italian denim followed by ‘Made-in-Italy’ and one can’t help but think of a product that is synonymous with quality and high-fashion but it may surprise you to know that the first delivery of denim to Italy was to serve a practical function, that […]

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BELGUARDO OSTERIA

I recently had the pleasure of dining at the Belguardo Osteria, named after the Mazzei vineyard located in the south of Tuscany. The restaurant brings a taste of Maremma to Florence thanks to Marchesi Mazzei who together with Enrico Verrecchia has brought a taste of Maremma to Florence. Having already opened some of Florence’s most […]

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VISIT

The Osteria di Fonterutoli

The Osteria di Fonterutoli celebrates everything we love about Tuscany.  Located an easy forty-five-minute drive from Florence, and conveniently situated on the Chiantigiana road, here you can enjoy a cuisine that respects the local and seasonal ingredients, with a special focus on the wild game found on the Fonterutoli reserve which covers 650 hectares. Wild […]

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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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