Author: Laura Robertson

December 14, 2006

The whys behind the wedding

What is it about Italy that lures celebrities to its shores to tie the knot? Are there no palaces elsewhere? Is Italy the only country that so willingly opens its villa doors to starry-eyed brides and their gallant grooms fixing for a bit of white wedding spice? In the
September 21, 2006
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL

Indulging in nature’s cures

‘Eureka!’ The treasure miners accidentally found in Monsummano wasn’t gold. The natural ‘gem’ discovered more than a hundred years ago on Giusti family property was much bigger and more unique. A cloud of hot steam rose from an opening in the earth that gave away Tuscany’s secret to good health—a natural thermal grotto that composer […]
September 8, 2006
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL

Hills and heavens of Mugello

‘Many a dream has been disclosed this summer! Morning conversations are about painting, against the backdrop of Rilke’s letters on Cézanne as lunch is eaten in the shade, sheltered from the burning rays of the sun. The sweltering heat seeping through the walls of the old Tabaccaia is an unwelcome visitor; it’s much better to […]
July 27, 2006

Il Borro: a Tuscan legacy

At the source of the Arno River lies Il Borro, a striking medieval hamlet whose origins stretch back more than a thousand years, when the area was once dominated by a fortified castle. Named for its deep yellow gorges, or borri, the region was originally inhabited by the Etruscans and
April 6, 2006

Makeout: Italian style!

It was a beautiful day. Actually, it was a ‘become beautiful’ day. Cathy had won herself The Florentine’s makeover and I was going to be her accompanying journalist. We were both a bit nervous. If some women make beauty treatments their daily bread, then  Cathy