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*Sting’s Organic Produce Shop in Figline

Sting and his wife Trudie Styler open an Organic Produce Shop in Figline Valdarno In 1997 Sting and his wife Trudie bought Villa Il Palagio in Figline Valdarno. The estate consists of a large villa and woods, vineyards, olive groves, and a converted barn that functions as a recording studio. Situated in the Arno valley […]

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Artists in Residence at Il Poggiolo

A couple of summers ago, the artist Eugenia Pell and her daughter Christina Randall (also a painter) came to Tuscany to find inspiration. The result of their sojourn was a wealth of paintings, photographs and drawings, most of which were done at Il Poggiolo. One of my favourites is the window that casts light on […]

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Poggiolo as artists residence

A couple of summers ago, the artist Eugenia Pell and her daughter Christina Randall (also a painter) came to Tuscany to find inspiration. The result of their sojourn was a wealth of paintings, photographs and drawings, most of which were done at Il Poggiolo. One of my favourites is the window that casts light on […]

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Il Poggiolo come residenza artistica

Qualche estate fa, l’artista Eugenia Pell e la sua figlia Christina Randall (anche lei pittrice) sono venute in Toscana a trovare ispirazione. Ne hanno trovato! E sopratutto qua, al Poggiolo. Ecco alcune delle mie preferite che catturano perfettemente l’essenza di questo posto.

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* Artists in Residence at Il Poggiolo

Artists in Residence A couple of summers ago, the artist Eugenia Pell and her daughter Christina Randall (also a painter) came to Tuscany to find inspiration. The result of their sojourn was a wealth of paintings, photographs and drawings, most of which were done at Il Poggiolo. One of my favourites is the window that […]

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*Winter Holidays-Try Tuscany!

For anyone who is considering a holiday in Tuscany during the winter, the weather is usually crisp and sunny, and snow is a rare and passing occurence. It’s so rare when it does snow that I photograph it. Here is a winter photo from a snowfall. As is immediately apparent, the snow is rarely very […]

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*The Village of Ambra

The Village of Ambra is one of the oldest in the area.  Once a feudal stronghold belonging to the 13th-century Guidi overlords, it has retained a charming medieval feel in the old center, where twisty and narrow streets lead up to the center of the old fortified town.  In summer, concerts and “cinema under the […]

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*The Mercatale Pharmacy- Beauty and Herbal Cures

When in the Valdarno, do not miss the Mercatale pharmacy, which specializes in natural remedies for just about anything that ails you. People come from all over Tuscany ( and even from Rome and Milan) to stock up on the herbal cremes, beauty lotions, after-shave pomades and perfumes made by Corrado in his laboratory, situated […]

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*The way we were: the Fienile from 1970 to 2006

This is an article that I wrote for Jessie at Wandering Educators, which I am reprinting in part here. In 1994 Allen and I bought the property we had been renting for over 10 years. The reasons why we ended up in Tuscany – on a hilltop in the Valdarno – are totally serendipitous, and […]

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*Introducing… Il Poggiolo blog!

September flowers (called “Four O’clocks)  at Il Poggiolo In this blog I hope to give you a sense of what life is like at Il Poggiolo and in the Valdarno. You’ll see seasonal changes in the garden, views at different times of the days,  places of local interest, and whatever might be fun to do […]

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