Author: Elisa Scarton

Elisa Scarton Detti is an Australian journalist who came to Tuscany for a year, and, yes, fell in love and decided to stick around. Not one to keep amazing holiday destinations to herself, she now writes a blog and travel guide about the infinitely beautiful Maremma, Tuscany (www.maremma-tuscany.com).
July 16, 2015
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Orbetello devastated

It was an otherwise perfect summer in southern Tuscany. Endless days of sunshine and warm weather. Plenty of tourists, holidaymakers and food festivals to keep everyone busy.   And then, in the last week of July, the corpses of a thousand fish washed up on the shores of Orbetello Lagoon. &
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A siren’s call (or not?)

Tuscany isn’t just about food and culture; it’s also home to Italy’s most beautiful beach for 2015.   When it comes to travel destinations, Tuscany is a bucket-list perennial, a siren’s call in the back of our minds. We cannot—
April 30, 2015
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Foraging for asparagus in the Maremma

It’s a beautiful spring afternoon in southern Tuscany, and we are once more on a mad rush into the woods. While locals and tourists alike are preparing to stroll the streets of Florence or Rome, we’re donning our thickest boots and giving our neighbours dirty looks
November 6, 2014
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Flooded flashbacks

Southern Tuscany is cleaning up for the second time in two years after floods on October 14 claimed two lives and caused millions of euro in damages. Residents are calling it a ‘bomba d’acqua’ (water bomb) as 140 millimetres of rain and hail drenched the Maremma
October 2, 2014
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The island of sunken ships

The ferry pulls into Giglio Island and everyone rushes over the side to get a photo. This is my third visit, but I cannot resist the urge to join them, so I elbow my way to the front expecting to see eager Americans snapping shots of the picturesque port. Instead,
September 11, 2014
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Out of the city

Pull on those comfortable shoes, pray for good weather and see some of Southern Tuscany’s (and Lazio’s) most spectacular natural sites at the Explore Maremma Walking Festival this September 20–28. There’s no denying it has been a rubbish summer in Tuscany. The
July 3, 2014
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Ferragosto in Maremma

You can always tell how long an expat has been in Italy by their response to Ferragosto. At first, you’re convinced it’s a fantastic idea. A holiday in the middle of August speaks of siestas and the Italian way of working to live, not living to
February 27, 2014
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What to do?

Italians seem to have culture flowing through their veins. It seems innate, like their ability to drink endless espressos and still sleep, or the way they never overcook their pasta. But like any graceful doyenne, Italian culture needs the odd nip and tuck to keep it fresh and engaging. That
January 16, 2014
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When winter beckons

The traditional low season in the Maremma offers a moment for embracing, rather than escaping, the cold and the customs that come along with it. With winter in full swing, the Maremma in Tuscany’s south has fallen into a fitful and satisfied hibernation. With months before the tourist
September 26, 2013
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Autumn’s fungatura

In the forests of Monte Amiata, baskets of mushrooms are gathered with Cold War-like secrecy and suspicion now that the first autumn rains have finally arrived: the race is on. Cupboards are raided in search of knee-high boots, baskets are piled high and everyone suddenly becomes a lot