Linda G. Bass

It all started with the construction of the unacceptable near the Spanish steps in Rome in 1986. The opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Piazza di Spagna was met with angry protests and demonstrations. The future of traditional Italian food, …

Our Tuscan Muse shares her experience in the heart of the beautiful Tuscany. Our home in Tuscany is only a very short drive away from Monte Amiata, located in the province of Siena. This beautiful mountain in Tuscany is home …

Third part of the series introduced by Tuscan Muse with the most interesting things about Italy. Here we go! The national bird of Italy is Bluebird.   Italy is famous for its sports cars like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and …

Castellina in Chianti is a small village of only 2,800 inhabitants. Its setting is along the Chiantigiana road that connects Florence to Siena. The village’s origins go back to Etruscan times that are reflected in the village architecture. The Florentine’s …

  The Tuscan Muse walks us through the last part with the most interesting facts about Italy. Here what makes Italy popular and unique!   The longest river in Italy is the Po.   Italy is the largest wine-producing country …

Our Tuscan Muse introduces the agriturismo, taking a tour around the Tuscan valley. Tuscany is one of the most prosperous agricultural regions in Italy, specializing in cereals, olives and olive oil, and of course, wine. Tuscany is also known for …

The Tuscan Muse walks us through another list of facts about Italy which will surprise you:   The national sport of Italy is soccer (known as football outside of America).   Italy’s national dish is pasta.   Napoleon spent his …

In 1979 Stendhal syndrome was first diagnosed in Florence. An Italian psychiatrist defined the disorder after treating over 100 cases among visitors to Florence. A psychosomatic disorder, the syndrome causes confusion, dizziness, fainting, increased heart rate and even hallucinations. What …

Everyone loves Italian food and the food in Tuscany is considered to be some of the best of all the regions of Italy. Castagnaccio is a plain, chestnut flour cake which is typical in the Tuscany. Chestnuts are harvested in …

The Tuscan Muse will take us on a journey among the most interestings facts of Italy. Fitfy things which will follow in three parts. Trivia is always fun to know, especially about our beloved Italy and always when the trivia …