Life Begins at 60!

I arrived in Fiesole the day before my friend Anna’s 60th birthday party. Her sister Do ( AKA The Baby) and niece, Klara, from Germany, were also early arrivals. Some of you will recognize Novella, the private chef who has cooked for Pronto Marcella’s guests and always creates a taste adventure. When the guests arrived, […]

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Making the New Oil

The day I’ve been waiting for arrives. It’s time to go to the frontoio, the olive press, to witness the oil extracted from the olives.  Later will come the first taste, the gift I’ve anticipated since I arrived in Italy. I’ve dreamt of this for the past three years of lockdown. Though I have witnessed […]

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In the Countryside

In the summer, Cristina and Luca live in their house, Acquafregola, in the Vallombrosa forest.  With winter coming, they move back to Paterno, a 20-minute drive down the mountain. They will return daily to feed the feral cats and fill jugs with fresh drinking water from the spring.   I believe this water has medicinal […]

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Tuscany 2020

Something new is in the air… Meet Arianna and Alessio of KM Zero Tours! For the past few years, I have been meeting with my friends Arianna and Alessio who own and operate  KM Zero Tours (Kilometer Zero Tours). Their philosophy meshes well with mine; get to know the people, the small villages, the local […]

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Chianti Paradiso

I have been on vacation for two weeks now- my guests arrive in a few days  I’m very excited to welcome Daniel once again as well as Robin, Debbie and Colleen.  I was also privileged to introduce Louise and Simon to my life here in Tuscany.  Below are a few photos taken at San Cerbone, […]

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