Author: Cary Tennis

Cary Tennis is an American writer best known for his 12 years as the “Since You Asked” advice columnist for online newspaper He now lives and leads writing workshops in Castiglion Fiorentino.
July 6, 2017

Open-air cinema in Castiglion Fiorentino

Castiglion Fiorentino’s fifth annual free summer outdoor food, film, and interview series Sagra del Cinema (you get the sagra joke, right? If not, see the festival T-shirt that depicts a slice of sausage as a film reel) kicks off Thursday, July 27, in the shadow of the medieval Tower of Cassero. Official promo doesn’t go […]
July 14, 2016

The Bravìo delle Botti

In America, a barrel race is a rodeo event in which horsewomen negotiate a cloverleaf course marked off by three 55-gallon metal barrels. In Montepulciano, the Bravìo is sometimes described as a barrel race but is more properly called the Bravìo delle Botti. It’s a 1.8km team footrace run by eight pairs of highly conditioned […]
May 9, 2016

Going Medieval

Tuscany is an old land, crowded with ancient marble daydreams left behind by geniuses who passed in the wink of an eye, but if by chance they and their families awoke and resumed their lives as they had been living them eight hundred years ago, the scene might look something like the Festa Medievale of […]