Monday, 28 September 2015


"Sunny Vineyard" oil on canvas - cm 70x90

Are you looking for a good excuse to plan your next visit to Tuscany? Why not wine tasting?  
Millions of people travel to us every year with the purpose of being able to sip exquisite wines while sitting in a terrace, enjoying a stunning view over the Tuscan vineyards.

The Province of Siena, where I live, includes some areas of wine production that are famous all around the world. 

The area between the city of Siena and Florence, (which is the capital of Tuscany, by the way), is called Chianti Classico, just like the world-famous red wine produced on its hills.

About 40 kilometers south of Siena is Montalcino, the home of  Brunello, considered the king of Italian wines for the extremely long ageing process it undergoes, which transforms the Sangiovese grapes into a complex and full-body wine.

Further east, the hills around another beautiful medieval town, Montepulciano , offers the Vino Nobile, also produced mainly from another type of Sangiovese grapes, called Prugnolo Gentile. 

Finally,  San Gimignano, 30 minutes north-west of Siena, is famous for its 14 medieval towers and also for the Vernaccia, a white wine produced from the most ancient variety of grapes, Vernaccia, the production of which is thought to have been started in Italy in the 6th century BC!

Today's painting was inspired by a vineyard just outside San Gimignano on a hot Summer day. 

So...I hope I gave you enough reasons to visit Tuscany soon!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015


"Casetta Civinini" Oil on Canvas cm 35x45 

Tuscany is mostly famous for the beauty of its countryside, but we also have great beaches, especially in the southern coastal area.

September is my favourite month for going to the beach!

I made a small painting of one of my favourite beaches, where I often go with my mum, my boyfriend, my girlfriends, or by myself.

Its called Casetta Civinini and it's a wide uncrowded sandy beach with a pinewood  that separates it from the road. It is a few miles long so you can take nice walks.

If you wish to learn more about the lovely beaches in Tuscany, click here.