Tuscan experiences, musings, and travel tips brought to you by Carol Faenzi
May 1, 2019

Women in Tuscany: Radicals, Writers and a Recluse

    Women in Tuscany:  Radicals, Writers and a Recluse   “She is a narcissistic lady who lived mysteriously in love with herself and certainly with her growing creation, the garden of the Gamberaia.” –  1897 – Bernard Berenson, Art […]
April 1, 2019

Florentine Easter

Florentine Easter:  Fireworks and Food As with all holidays, Italians celebrate with a lot of heart and passion including what goes on the table!  Easter, called Pasqua in Italian, is the most important holiday in Italy after Christmas.   Every […]
March 20, 2019

Dreaming Your Dreams & Having Them Too

​If you view Ellis Island through an immigrants eyes, the vast majority ended up having a pretty good first day in America.
March 8, 2019

Missing the Moment

“There is no shortcut to an intimacy with Italy.” - Edith Wharton
February 27, 2019

Handwriting on the Wall

“There is no shortcut to an intimacy with Italy.” - Edith Wharton
February 12, 2019

How to Achieve an Intimacy with Italy

“There is no shortcut to an intimacy with Italy.” - Edith Wharton
January 29, 2019
Ellis Island through an immigrant's eyes

Ellis Island, Part Two: Through An Immigrant’s Eyes.

​If you view Ellis Island through an immigrants eyes, the vast majority ended up having a pretty good first day in America.
January 15, 2019

An Ellis Island Story

An Ellis Island Story, Part One: Those Who Came and Those Who StayedJust before Christmas, I went to New York City with my Italian cousins, Monica and Carlotta. They live in Rome and we are related through grandfathers who were […]
November 28, 2018

Castagnaccio – From My Holiday Table to Yours!

A Favorite Tuscan Holiday Treat!Simple to make, decadently delicious and No Sugar!This is one of the best-loved Tuscan desserts that are included in “la cucina povera,” the poor man’s kitchen.  Many Tuscan specialties like gnocchi and polenta came from the […]
October 28, 2018

Postcard from Tuscany

​Notes from Our Recent ARIA TOUR...Day 1 - Within an hour of picking up our guests from the Florence airport, we welcomed them to our Villa, settled them into their rooms and treated everyone to a welcoming massage. Because we […]
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