Author: Lourdes Flores

An American living in Florence for over 10 years, Lourdes continues to explore and discover new places in Tuscany with the eyes of a tourist but with the experience of living in Italy. She shares her experiences on this blog and website, particularly offering lots of travel planning help on the Forum!

The beauty of Heat & Humidity: Enjoying a Sauna

June 29, 2018

Generally heat and humidity are not seen as a positive thing, especially as you walk around sightseeing under the hot Tuscan sun come summer. I can assure you, however, the one place I do enjoy both is when at a Spa, particularly one as welcoming as Asmana, where I’ve been going lately to relax from…

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The Duomo of Siena Shines with New Lights

June 28, 2018

Enjoy the splendor that is the pavement of the Duomo in Siena Special openings for 2018: from June 27 through July 31st, and from August 18 to October 28 The Sibilla Cumea, one of the intarsia found on the floor of the Duomo in Siena, says “in lucem veniet” or Light will come.  The figure,…

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The magic of massage at Asmana

June 9, 2018

MAGIC! More precisely, magic HANDS! That is what I thought as I came out of my facial and hand and foot massage called Indian Beauty at Asmana: the massage therapists need to have special hands to work their type of magic on you. The magic is to make you relax so deeply that you could…

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June in Tuscany Means Traditions

June 5, 2018

June marks the start of summer and is full of fun and interesting events for you to enjoy! In particular, if you want to surround yourself by Tuscan history, then consider including one of these historical re-enactments and traditional events into your itinerary. Ready to travel back in time to the Middle Ages? Take a…

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European Night at the Museums 2018

May 18, 2018

This Saturday evening is 14th edition of European Night at the Museum across Italy and Europe! Whether you’re in Siena or in Florence this Saturday evening, take advantage of the special 1 euro entrance fee to the region’s most popular museums. This includes the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery, in Florence as well as the…

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Explore the new infrared area at Asmana

May 15, 2018

Ready to explore the new infrared area at Asmana? I checked it out on my last visit as soon as I found out it consisted of beds with heated lamps over your body, gently providing heat. Let me tell you a bit of what it is and what the benefits are so that you can…

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The Hammam Magic at Asmana

April 9, 2018

Have you ever been in a Hammam on your world travels? Maybe you have, maybe not yet. If you have, then you don’t likely don’t need convincing to go again, so this post is mainly aimed at sharing my experience at Asmana Wellness Spa – since it was a new experience for myself – for…

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Section of Medieval Wall in San Gimignano Collapses

April 4, 2018

There was quite a bit of a scare in San Gimignano Tuesday afternoon (April 3rd) as an 8 meter section of the old city walls, dating back to the Middle Ages, collapsed about 6 meters down the side of the hill. The entire town of San Gimiginano is one of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites…

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Green Brunches at Villa Dianella, from Fall through Spring

March 31, 2018

As Spring has arrived, so have a wide variety of events, especially on the weekends! This past Sunday was also a splendid sunny morning, perfect for spending time outdoors. We headed to Chianti, more precisely to the Chianti wine area to the west of Florence near Vinci, Leonardo’s birth home, to Villa Dianella. While there…

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Explore Tuscany on a Steam Train this Spring

March 23, 2018

A fun and interesting way to explore southern Tuscany – and, in particular, the Val d’Orcia area – is by traveling on a historical stream train! The Treno Natura program offers every spring and fall several full-day outings which depart from Siena and head to a different destination to explore a local festival or other…

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