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AL TOCCO IS A RESTAURANT WITH A DIFFERENCE! LUCY WOOD INTERVIEWS THE TEAM WITH A DREAM THAT HAS COME TO FRUITION...
‘Al Tocco’ in Tuscan dialect refers to the hour after noon and after midnight.  It also denotes something special (extravagant or even a little crazy) and quality, as in the round hats worn by judges, lawyers and university professors on important occasions. So, it comes ...

Lucy Wood -
Cortona, Tuscany

Dave Lucado has made Cortona his adoptive home. By joining the Trasimeno Big Band his life was further enriched...
For me, living in Cortona has meant enjoying the refreshingly different culture, community, cuisine and natural beauty.  But after a while, I realised that I missed some of the things I’d left behind in my previous life, most notably TexMex ...

David Lucado -
Cortona, Tuscany

Works by Clelia Tondini, artist and ceramicist, can be found at Semi D'Arte and in her workshop in via Guelfa...
Clelia Tondini, ceramic artist, clearly has the most enticing spaces in Cortona, and that is no easy feat. Many of her works are on display in Semi d’Arte in Cortona’s central Piazza della Repubblica, but her workshop-cum-gallery half way down (or up!) via ...

Lucy Wood -
Cortona, Tuscany

Famous for his wild boar sculptures, there is a lot more to Antonio Massarutto than simply creating works of art...
It’s no coincidence that sculptor/designer Antonio Massarutto was celebrating World Earth Day – April 22nd – preparing a land-art project in North Macedonia because ‘Art as Nature’ or ‘Nature as Art’, could not be a more apt juxtaposition of his work.Originating from Pordenone ...

Lucy Wood -
Cortona, Tuscany

Marie Lardino has dedicated much of her life to education, but since retiring she has returned to her first love...
Marie Lardino, seems like one of those gifted achievers who has sailed through life without a cloud.  She is a small dynamo of energy, intellect, humour and quirkiness. It is only when you talk with her, that you discern the ...

Team -
My Cortona

Examples of Walter Venturini's artwork can be found in private homes and many of Cortona's bars and restaurants...
Walter Venturini is well known in Cortona not only for his art and restoration works, but also for his exceptional skills in trompe-l’oeil. From detailed landscapes, to windows with a view (where there are none!), he uses his art to ...

Lucy Wood -
Cortona, Tuscany

The combination of an exceptional olive oil and a unique balsamic vinegar has won L'Arte dell'Olivo numerous awards
In 2005, about 6 months after Tania and her husband Keith von Barkenhagen moved to Cortona, they experienced their first olive harvest.  That moment would change how they looked at olive oil forever.  The freshly pressed extra virgin olive oil they ...

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My Cortona

The Molesini family have long been a household name in Cortona, their reach has now extended across the Atlantic...
The Molesini family, owners of both the delicatessen and wine shop in Cortona’s main square, have been fixtures in Cortona society for almost a century.   According to Marco Molesini, “…my family has been involved with the wine industry since 1937, ...

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My Cortona

The first DelBrenna to turn his hand to jewelry making was Giovanni DelBrenna - a Florentine count - in 1201...
Cortona, throughout its long history, has  been the inspiration for many artistic individuals, from Henry James’ “Italian Hours” to local artisans handcrafting ‘one of a kind’ works of art and the many art students who come to study the beginnings ...

Rebecca Ghezzi -
Cortona, Tuscany

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