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Enjoying (surviving) the Tuscan Summer


If you like the heat, and I mean really love a hot summer, then August is a great time to visit Florence! Mainly because most of the Florentines have left the city and the roads are very peaceful. You can find a carpark nearly everywhere and as a lot of tourists also avoid the city during this period, the lines for the galleries and museums are virtually non-existant. If you are in the city though, and the incessant heat gets a bit too much, why not take a lovely half hour drive into the Chianti for a dip in the local pool?
Last weekend we went for a beautiful 30 minute drive to the local pool in Greve in Chianti. You couldn’t ask for a more authentic Tuscan setting! With surrounding views of the vineyards and olive groves, it is one of the nicest public pool I have been to here. There are four pools, one outdoor 25 meter lap pool with a kids pool attached complete with a ‘fungo’/mushroom fountain. Indoor there are another two pools, one 25 meter lap pool and a smaller pool for children’s swimming lessons. If you want to use the indoor pool, a swimming cap is compulsory. Entry costs just €7.00 per adult and €5.00 for children 5yrs and up. If you want a sun-bed then they cost an extra €3 each but you can lay on your towel under any of the umbrellas on the lawn for no extra cost. The pools are very clean and judging by Matteo’s happy face today, we will be back again very soon.

Via Montebeni, 6/8 – Greve in Chianti – (Fi)
Tel: 055-8549229 Fax: 055-8546266







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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?