Tuscan chiaroscuro

17 June 2023 9:00 am

A trio of formidable British women are enjoying peaceful retirement in Italy – until their idyll is disrupted by a series of unforeseen events

Why Tuscany always beats Provence for me

14 December 2019 9:00 am

A family of peacocks is sunning itself in our villa garden. They all look extraordinarily happy and composed, especially the…

Tuscany’s killer climate

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The hotel manager had arranged for me to borrow an Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto two-seater convertible (1982) for the afternoon.…

Dear Mary

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Q. Last year my husband and I stayed with a much-loved, but slightly airy-fairy friend in her house in Tuscany.…

What my chickens need is a dog

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Of the nine chickens I used to keep here in Northamptonshire only one survived the summer, and it was the…

The word ‘holiday’ has become a political taboo

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s August in Tuscany, and the market towns are eerily quiet, presumably because most of their inhabitants are off on…

Della Francesca’s ‘Resurrection’

The mathematical revolution behind ‘the greatest picture in the world’

19 April 2014 9:00 am

The Indian inspiration with which Piero della Francesca created ‘the greatest picture in the world’

Why don’t the Italians ask me to translate their restaurant menus?

3 August 2013 9:00 am

When we bought the farmhouse in Tuscany, where I am now, more than 40 years ago, there were only two…