My Secret Thanksgiving

Last night, on what turned out to be American Thanksgiving, the African refugees cooked dinner in the Poggio Alla Croce community centre kitchen. Italians know very little of African food but after long discussions with the students, a shopping list was created. Two kilos of beef, okra, onions, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, peanut butter and rice […]

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In Firenze, at Casa Thiele alla Signoria

In the small village of Paterno, we meet Cristina, Luca and Babo Antonio. Cristina has prepared a feast for us: antipasti consisting of three kinds of tapenade, two kinds of Polenta, beans with homemade cinghiale sausages, mixed vegetables and a sunny desert. When we arrive at Anna’s Bed and Breakfast, Casa Thiele we are amazed […]

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Our Days At Il Colle: a little piece of paradise

Sunday, September 17 Welcome, Mike and Carolyn and Johanne from California, Louise from Montreal and Judy and Bruce from Virginia. After a welcoming wine and cheese tasting with our host Giovanni, we toured the property, Il Colle, and settled into our rooms. Monday, Sept 18, We strolled through Greve in Chianti, then visited Podere Le […]

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Meet Nancy Johnson, Guest Photographer

I was very fortunate to have Nancy Johnson, a superb photographer from Santa Rosa California, among my guests at Il Colle in April.   When I look at her photographs, I re-visit the beauty, peace and excitement of our time together in Tuscany. Thank you, Nancy, for sharing some of your photos with us!   […]

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Tuscan adventures: A photo essay

Pronto Marcella is totally booked for 2017!  However, I am taking inquiries for Spring and Fall 2018. Please send me a message if you would like to create your own personal adventure in Tuscany. In the meantime, enjoy the slideshow. I’m  looking forward to hosting my groups in April, September and October 2017!       […]

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