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Lovely day in Chianti

Today was not only Good Friday but also Emiliano’s 40th birthday and luckily he had the day off as Good Friday is not a public holiday here like in Australia and many other places.  I remain surprised and a bit disappointed that in the Catholic Capital of Italy, the Friday before Easter is not a public holiday.  It doesn’t seem right or fair to have to go to work!

I am also fortunate to still be on maternity leave so today we went for a lovely drive to one of our favourite towns, Panzano in Chianti to have lunch at MacDario, home of renowned local butcher, Dario Cecchini.  He had recently returned from a working holiday in Melbourne where my father had been a guest at one of his dinners.  It was lovely to hear someone who lives in such a beautiful place be so complimentary about my family and home town!

I have already raved about the food here in previous posts and today was no exception.  We left with very full and satisfied tummies and I was lucky enough to be given an extra piece of cake by the lovely waiter Dante.




One of the beautiful signs of Spring here is the wonderful wisteria / glicine in bloom everywhere.  There were so many gorgeous vines around today and we got some great photos.  I love this flower and have been doing a bit of research to see if we could plant some at our front door.  We have a wall that really needs a bit of greenery but I found out that the plant is quite poisonous so probably not the best idea with a baby/soon to be active toddler crawling around and sticking everything in his mouth.  The other option is jasmine / gelsomino.  After stopping at the nursery / vivaio on the way home today I am pretty keen to get our trellis and vine up this weekend.  I don’t think Emiliano shares my enthusiasm though.

Apparently I am quite hard-headed (una testona) so stay tuned and let’s see if I get my way.

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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?


A creative, food & fashion loving mamma of two boys with a passion for all things Italian. 


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