Tuscan experiences, musings, and travel tips brought to you by Carol Faenzi
February 13, 2020

Valentine’s Day in Italy

In the 1920s, a glamorous Italian fashion designer, Luisa Spagnoli was having a secret love affair with a handsome chocolatier named Giovanni.Their method of communication was to hide love notes to each other in wrapped pieces of chocolate. You will […]
October 14, 2019

20 Days in Italy

Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolates in one go." -Truman Capote As many of you know, I take groups through Tuscany, with a focus on Leonardo. But I also often spend a few days in the city of […]
September 25, 2019

Feminine Light – Part 2

There was little in town that did not somehow feel the power of Eleonora da Toledo."In Renaissance Florence, women were barred from being seen in the public arenas of politics, business and the arts - not even allowed to enter […]
September 16, 2019

Feminine Light – Part 1

You, Whatever Your Name is, You who illuminate every city with your feminine light...." - Apuleius, The Metamorphosis, 2nd Century ADIt was more than ten years ago on one of those brilliant blue sky Roman Saturday afternoons that I was […]
August 1, 2019

Genius Loci

Genius Loci = Spirit of the Place "Consult the genius of the place in all. All must be adapted to the genius of the place and beauties not forced into it, but resulting from it." - Alexander Pope, 18th century […]
July 23, 2019

Leonardo’s Silk Loom

This is second to the printing of letters and just as useful. It is worked by men, gives larger profits, and it is a beautiful and clever invention.” - Leonardo’s Notes on Silk Weaving There are very few experiences we […]
July 15, 2019

Balsamic Vinegar Recipes

Olive Oil + Balsamic Vinegar + Summer = Heaven on a Dish!here are three of my favorites: Sweet Corn and BasilRemove the kernels from fresh corn cobs and place into a large skillet that has been warming up a few […]
June 12, 2019
Simplicity, Venetian Style

Simplicity, Venetian Style

This is my fabulous friend Fredricka. She just spent a month "working" remotely from Venice. Lucky Girl. But boy, did she ever experience some workarounds!  Like how to work, shop, live in a city with no cars, tiny spaces, hundreds […]
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 Dealer […]
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 […]