Tuscan experiences, musings, and travel tips brought to you by Carol Faenzi
September 5, 2018
How to make a bella figura

How to Make a Bella Figura

On the surface, the phrase, la bella figura, or the beautiful figure, summons images of beautiful Italian people: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni.But it is so much more than that.La Bella Figura is at the essence of understanding Italy’s heart: her […]
August 30, 2018
Ten Best Books About Italy to Read Before You Go

10 Best Books About Italy to Read Before You Go

​​​​​​​​​​10 Best Books About Italy to Read Before You GoWhen I travel to a foreign country, I like to prolong my eventual arrival.  I do that by soaking up words and hence, images during the weeks before I pack the […]
August 27, 2018
Visiting Tuscany with a Small Group Tour

Visiting Tuscany with a Small Group Tour versus Independent Travel

​Visiting Tuscany with a Small Group Tour vs Independent Travel​​Let me say straight away that I am not a person who joins tours.  The idea of traveling with a group of people I don’t know gives me anxiety.  Did I […]
August 23, 2018

The Fatal Charm of Italy

“What is the fatal charm of Italy?  What do we find here that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other countries, other places, lost long ago.”- Erica Jong, Novelist Recently, I […]
June 18, 2018

One Minute in Tuscany

May 21, 2018

A New Book/Why are These Trips So Expensive?

May 1, 2018
ancestor worship in italy and geneaology

Ancestor Worship in Italy

​Ancestor Worship in Italy​I made an interesting discovery recently, and I’d like to share with you: Ancestor Worship in Italy. The phrase, “Ancestor Worship,” conjures up a religious idea, but as it turns out, that is mostly erroneous, at least […]
April 16, 2018
tuscan tale, Catherine of Siena

A Tuscan Tale of Politics and Mysticism: St. Catherine of Siena

​A Tuscan Tale of Politics and Mysticism​: St. Catherine of SienaThe wind came up, the skies darkened and hail descended as we arrived in Siena to visit the birthplace of one of Italy’s patron saints, Catherine. So began our Tuscan […]
March 19, 2018

Secret Rooms, Hidden Gardens, Renaissance Treasures

February 26, 2018
gelato in florence

Gelato in Florence: Between the Layers

​Gelato in Florence: Between the Layers ​This might seem strange, but when I go ​for my favorite gela​to in Florence, the way the colors and textures are layered so beautifully, I find it a perfect metaphor for the City itself.The […]
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