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If you happen to be in my part of the world this summer and fancy saying hello, then you will find me in my beautiful home town of Massa Marittima on the afternoons of Saturday 29 June 2019 to Friday 5 July 2019. At my very first art exhibition. Eeekk!!
The location is the Portale delle Arti, in the ex 13th century Franciscan convent at the top of town. Grab yourself a homemade ice cream in "old town" below, walk on up through the medieval gates and the 14th century Sienese fortress, past the tower to the clositers of the gothic San'Agostino and the Museum of Sacred Art. And there you will find me. By the ancient city walls with a view of the metalliferous hills and towns behind.
Alternatively, drive up following the signs for the La Fenice hotel and park just outside the door! Then you can walk down the hill for an aperitivo!
Can't wait to see you!
Maremma, Italy is off the beaten path Tuscany, crammed full of beautiful, hidden places to explore. It's extraordinary.
Animals in Italy: including the creepy crawly and rarely dangerous wildlife in Tuscany Italy.
Are there bats in Tuscany? Yes, there are.
And, although you may doubt me, you will be happy to see them. If you are lucky enough to do so that is.
These fun and sometimes strange animal facts for kids are all about the wild animals that can be found in a very special and undiscovered part of Tuscany Italy, called Maremma.
They are the kind that led to endless excited conversations as we drove home of an evening having spotted one or more of the creatures mentioned below. For, for the most part, these animals are the ones that like to come out as the afternoon is setting and dusk is falling.
And made for the kind of end of a day after a trip to the beach or just the supermarket, that money cannot buy.
I hope that they add to your children's joy and excitement too.
A word of warning though, some of these facts may make you - I'm convinced they won't your children though - cringe!
Are there scorpions in Italy? In Tuscany? Yes, there are. But those "gli scorpioni" - aren't something that you need to be overtly conscious of avoiding. So don't panic! They would rather not see you!
How to say Merry Christmas in Italian and a Happy New Year. Together with all the other Italian Christmas phrases you need to know to see you through the festive season and into New Year's day.
Make a special trip for this if you can. The stunning light-filled watercolours of Federico Gemma on show over the summer here in Maremma. In the old olive mill that is now the Parco Regionale della Maremma visitor centre in the village of Alberese.
I LOVED his Maremmano cattle.
Ambrogio Lorenzetti: an awe-inspiring 14th century storyteller in Maremma Tuscany.
Religious art isn't everyone's cup of tea nor a motive for many to make a special trip, I know. But the paintings of this Renaissance artist will have you staring, over and over again. Discovering detail after detail amongst the opulent shimmer of silver and gold. Details that together tell the story he wanted inquisitive eyes to know.
I went back and found the three-coiled snake: the triple exorcism that had evaded me on my first visit. And the Egyptian basket.
But the face. The knight. The small dog. The secret cross. And the pretty little hare. All chose to remain hidden from sight.
The treasure hunt continues. In no ordinary place. We are talking about 9th century pagan symbolism - enough to make any adoring historian come out in hives at the sight of it all. And Knights Templar secrets.
All on top of Devil water.
Will your eyes follow the stone steps to heaven. Or be caught by a glint that leads, true Indiana Jones style, underground. To the as yet undiscovered entrance to the hidden crypt? And the secret tunnel?