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Icy City

Still waiting for the snow………….

Water Fountain-Via San Miniato

It is hard to believe that most of Italy has been buried under meters of snow but Florence has somehow avoided the white avalanche.  It is however still freezing and the ice ‘sculptures’ being found out and about are really quite beautiful.   The Arno river has a thin frozen layer spreading across it and it has been amusing watching the birds ‘walking’ on water!  Many of the fountains have been transformed and there are huge icicles hanging from rooftops and walls around the city.  Below are some of the sights that we are lucky enough to have found around San Niccolo’.  The ice below is taller than me but the photo doesn’t do it justice!

Ice Fall - Piazza Poggi

Ice built up in Piazza Poggi

Ice Pond

Frozen Flower in the pond

Standing on water!

Our friends who live on the Isle of Elba sent us this beautiful photo of their local beach at Lacona after the snow even fell there last week.

Lacona Beach, Isle of Elba

Let’s hope this icy blast is on it’s way out of town – I’m tired of piling so many layers on me and Matteo before walking out the door.  Speaking of Matteo, last Sunday he was 5 months old and he now weighs well over 8kg.  He has started eating solids and so far loves his 4 new dietary flavours, apple, pear, carrot and zucchini.  Let’s hope his love of vegetables never goes away!

Off to make a cup of tea to warm me up a bit now.

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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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