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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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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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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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ROAST GUINEA FOWL with CHESTNUT STUFFING

It’s been a while since I last posted as I took a little (long) break at the end of the year to relax, re-energise and reflect on the direction of the magazine which I have to admit was a huge labour of love.  I was stretching myself too thinly between my main job, home, being […]

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Castagnaccio

A Traditional Autumn Tuscan Treat With rain forecast for this weekend and as Monday 1st November is a public holiday here in Italy, why not spend some time in the kitchen making a traditional Tuscan slice known as Castagnaccio. It is very easy to make, a simple slice made with chestnut flour, pine-nuts, sultanas and rosemary […]

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This Tuscan Life-Ebook

JULY-AUGUST ISSUE AVAILABLE NOW

Our cover brings a bit of resort to the city with the stunning exhibition by Florentine visionary, Emilio Pucci.  We take a look at the incredible man whose designs have an elegant and timeless appeal to women of all ages.  I couldn’t think of wearing anything else but Pucci while sailing on my Benetti superyacht […]

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March April Magazine

While some of us are still thawing out after the ‘big-freeze’ of this past week, it’s refreshing to know that the warmer months are approaching quickly! Wish this rain would now stop!  I, for one, am more than ready to put my heavy Winter clothes away, throw on a Summer dress and enjoy aperitivos all’aperto! I am […]

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VISIT

A visit to the Fattoria Poggio Alloro

As Florence suffers one of the hottest Summers that I can remember in many years, my family, like many Florentines alike have taken the kids and headed out of the city.   After having spent so much time at the coast, we decided to take the boys to an Agriturismo, the Fattoria Poggio Alloro for a few days.  Located […]

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Tortino di Carciofi by Arturo Dori

Carciofi or Artichokes are everywhere at the moment and there are so many ways to enjoy them.  I used to shy away from cooking with them as was unsure of the preparation and thought it too complicated and time consuming which is so not true. When artichokes are at their best, they are so tender […]

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Pappa al Pomodoro

One of my all-time favourite comfort foods is Pappa al Pomodoro and we make it about every other week, usually when we have too much bread that is not going to be eaten.  Thomas loves it (no surprise there) but Matteo has decided that he doesn’t like it even if I smother it with parmesan […]

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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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