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The 5: What we are Obsessed with this Month




Zafferano! The world’s most expensive spice, delicate, extremely difficult to pick and… life changing for any chef. Saffron is to spices as truffles are to fungi, they alone can make a dish.


Emiko Davies takes you through the centuries old traditions and painstaking process of picking Saffron in San Gimignano at Fattoria Poggio Alloro



Just the thought of Tuscany and your mind is immediately taken away to the gentle rolling hills and stretches of grapevines and olive groves itching to be pressed, poured and devoured. But what if we were to tell you that lingering in this same region is a land of wild and wacky creatures, where all sense of the tranquil evaporates.


We welcome you to the Gardens of Niki de Saint Phalles



Tuscany meets London. Italian-inspired recipes from the beloved East London cafe, who’s success lies behind two wonderful woman: our dear friend Lori De Mori (Tuscan by association) and chef Laura Jackson who turned her followers attention to “Cucina Povera Toscana”.


Meet Lori



Gabriele D’Annunzio, Eugenio Montale, Luigi Pirandello, Eleonora Duse, Giorgio De Chirico, Enrico Fermi, Bertrand Russell and Igor Stravinsky are only a few of the
illustrious guests who chose this 19th century property in the heart of Florence for their stay. Today, after a masterful renovation and help from several Italian artisans, Helvetia & Bristol is enriched without loosing its soul.


Learn about a few Florentine artisans that were part of the project



What should never be missing from your closet?

According to Florentine twins Ludovica and Ginevra Fagioli founders of Caftanii, a caftan is the piece that should never be missing in a woman’s wardrobe as it combines femininity and comfort, elegance and character, making it the perfect dress for any occasion. It’s exactly around this idea that their brand was born, a collection of easy to wear, enchanting and timeless dresses.


Discover Florence with Ludovica & Ginevra