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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.


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Delight in traditional as well as new foods, recipes and a few artisanal cocktails as well

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Discover the Tuscan artisans and learn the history of their craft

Celebrate the tradition of the festive events that take place around Tuscany

Explore this beautiful region and discover the popular and not so well-known towns in Tuscany

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This Tuscan Life – APRIL

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April issue available for download now!  Click on the link above.

April is a beautiful time to visit Tuscany.  Still cool in the mornings and evenings but if the sun is shining, you can be sure to experience perfect weather to go sight-seeing in the cities as well as the Tuscan country-side which will be in full bloom!

Celebrate Easter! The Easter weekend will be very busy, especially in Florence for those who come to see the famous and historic Scoppio del Carro at the Duomo.  You can read more about this event inside.

Lamb is the traditional meal prepared at Easter and we share another one of Chef Arturo Dori’s favourite Spring recipes of Lamb casserole with garlic & rosemary.  We will make one of my favourites, the traditional Pan di Ramerino, an Easter sweet bread roll  that is the Tuscan version of a ‘hot cross bun’ and also enjoy Baccelli & Pecorino!

Thomas Martini puts his spin on a classic drink for our April ‘Cocktail of the Month’, Harry’s Fizz.

In this issue we visit local town, Greve in Chianti which apart from being known as the ‘Gateway to the Chianti’, is also home to an historic Tuscan butcher, Antica Macelleria Falorni, where you can also enjoy authentic platters of prosciutto and cheese or perhaps you might prefer one of their famous tartares.

April 25th is Liberation Day in Italy which is dedicated to all of Italy’s fallen soldiers and known as the Day of Remembrance.

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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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