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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.
The weather throughout May in Tuscany this year had us drenched nearly every day with downpours that felt like someone was emptying a bucket over our heads. And when the final count is taken, will probably be declared as the wettest May on record.
But all that rain - and golf ball sized hail - hasn't dampening the spirits because the crops and wild flowers loved it.
This is what my part of the world in Maremma looks like in the first few days of June.
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?
A robust medieval Tuscany tower for sale seeks her Mr Darcy.
Whilst no spring chicken, she has looked after herself and still strikes a 'bella figura' in town. Now looking for her next partner in life. But she wants one who won't want to change her. Who will love her just the way she is.
Stubborness and all.
Tell them that I sent you and take advantage of a special offer until March 26 for Maremma Guide readers in one of the very best hotels in Maremma. The Locanda la Pieve hotel in sleepy Semproniano.
Two nights in a double room, with breakfast.
A pre-dinner glass of Prosecco.
Dinner for two with a surprise menu, from starters to dessert (drinks not included).
Price Euro 220
The Museo di Arte e Cultura Orientale (MACO) in Arcidosso is a new addition to Maremma's many wonderful museums. Small it may be, but its two floors of vibrant intense colour and glowing gold are a surprise find in Tuscany. Full of Tibetan treasures that will engage and enthrall young eyes and old.
You'll step out of rural Tuscany, from inside a 9th century castle courtyard, into a world more than 6,800 kilometres away. A world still so different from our everyday experiences.
And then back again.
This traditional Tuscan wild boar stew recipe, with dark chocolate, is a WOW! of a dish to serve on a winters night. And given that the bitter cold part of our winter here in Maremma is due to start this weekend, I thought I would share it with you now as I get our wild boar meat out of the freezer to cook it up for a dinner with a difference.
Added bonus is I have no worries about teenage tastebuds not liking this: my young daughter devours it!
This isn't it! Find out what is.
Mosquitoes in Italy. Suck. Big time.
But they don't have to suck the lifeblood out of your holiday.
They are the bane of my life. And after more than a decade and a half of dealing with them in Tuscany, this is my advice on how to avoid them ruining your holiday.