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Born and bred in Melbourne, Elisa followed love to Tuscany (how cliché?) in 2007. She now lives in a part of the region that earned the eternal disdain of Dante Alighieri and whose name doubles as a swearword in colloquial Italian. It’s called the Maremma and it’s pretty fantastic. A journalist by trade, she recently published a guidebook after spending almost a decade working on Maremma Tuscany, the foremost English-language travel website on the area. These days, she pens My Maremma Tuscany, a blog dedicated to helping expats live beautifully and resourcefully in rural Italian destinations, providing advice, recipes and DIY projects inspired by the limited supplies available in most small towns. You can follow me on instagram here

Articles by elisascarton

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 00:23
It’s breakfast somewhere in Southern Tuscany and my husband is rolling his eyes because I’m devouring a plate of pancakes with bacon and maple syrup.…
Mon, 09/09/2019 - 09:56
Every September and October, wine drinkers, winemakers and all around wine nuts come together to celebrate the vendemmia or wine harvest in Tuscany. …
Thu, 04/25/2019 - 00:46
With its great beaches, relaxed country atmosphere and green spaces, Southern Tuscany is a fantastic holiday destination for families. So, pack up th…
Tue, 04/09/2019 - 05:06
Even if you’re not religious, Easter in Italy’s smallest towns is a chance to see century-old traditions that continue to bring together their communi…
Thu, 02/21/2019 - 02:26
New year. Southern Tuscany beckons. Forget about Florence, put Siena on the backburner and give Pisa a miss. Country Tuscany is calling with its affab…
Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:31
In autumn, Tuscan thoughts turn from beach to vineyard as the region prepares for one its favourite traditions, the vendemmia (wine harvest). After a…
Tue, 07/10/2018 - 05:10
Let’s get one thing clear. Tuscans are not romantic. You might have this image of overly passionate and effusively affectionate Italians who will swee…
Wed, 06/27/2018 - 00:17
Florence is gorgeous in summer. There is no denying it. But you’re not the only one thinking it. As the weather warms up, hordes of visitors descend o…
Tue, 06/12/2018 - 03:20
Summer is here, finally! And there is so much to see and do in Tuscany. As the weather heats up, Italians ditch their cities and throw down roots in c…
Thu, 04/12/2018 - 00:57
A couple of years ago, my husband and I were featured in an episode of an American reality show. We were renovating our first apartment together in So…
Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:20
It’s after midnight and the winding roads of Southern Tuscany are hard work for this sorry traveller who had a little too much red wine over dinner. A…
Thu, 06/29/2017 - 04:53
Whether you consider yourself a closet Kardashian or more of an Amal Clooney, tying the knot in Italy is definitely one for the wedding bucket list. B…
Wed, 03/08/2017 - 19:19
On a bright and early morning in Southern Tuscany, a couple hundred visitors make quite a stir. They’re not tourists, or at least human tourists, and…
Tue, 07/19/2016 - 04:06
Coffee’s greatest appreciators are something of a fraud when you take a glance at the history books. Italy has never produced its own coffee. It never…
Tue, 03/29/2016 - 04:46
Whether you were inspired by our article on moving to small town Italy or you’ve always dreamed of living la vita bella, a sea change to the land of t…
Thu, 03/10/2016 - 05:19
The Val di Sole or ‘Valley of the Sun’ is located in Italy’s north, although you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into Austria. Like much of…
Thu, 12/03/2015 - 02:58
It’s little more than 10° out and the idea of stripping down to your bathers isn’t particularly tempting, but then you look around and see the steam r…
Tue, 09/29/2015 - 05:53
By Elisa Scarton Detti I am absolutely and filthily jealous of city expats. They live charmed lives full of English cinemas, multiethnic restaurants a…
Tue, 09/22/2015 - 05:48
By Elisa Scarton Detti. Photo credit: http://tasteoftuscany.org/ Dante Alighieri turned 750 at the start of summer and while Florence celebrated, othe…
Mon, 08/17/2015 - 14:40
At the start of summer each year, Italy’s beaches are primed, primped and paraded like prize squash at the country fair. Anxious mayors and holidaymak…