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Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan
June Finnigan is an English expat who lives with her man in a lovely old monastery farmhouse overlooking the Chianti Hills, in Tuscany. She is a published Author and her novels, 'My Father, The Assassin', 'The Bolivian Connection' and ‘The Italian Connection’ are available on Amazon. She is also the lead singer of ‘The Rock Chick Band’ in Tuscany. June also shares more information about life in Italy through her blog.

June Finnigan

Return Of The Tourists

Posted by: junefinnigan on Sunday July 12, 2020 (09:54:40)   (20 Reads)
Yes, the tourists have returned to our little bit of Chianti, although mostly from northern Europe, Dutch, Belgian, German, Polish and Austrian. These are the few that we are aware of, there may be lots more nationalities in Florence and Siena. So, our tourist industry friends are sighing with relief and are even taking some new wedding bookings! Most visitors have been well behaved , wearing the masks and keeping their distance. However, our American friends must wait awhile before the Italians will let them in, they also need to be able to leave the USA!    more ...

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The Reawakening

Posted by: junefinnigan on Sunday June 14, 2020 (08:00:21)   (26 Reads)
Welcome and benvenuti to all my lovely readers around the world.

Well, the biggest change since I last spoke to you is the opening of all the borders here in Italy! Yes, it is now possible to travel the length and breadth of Italy as long as you stick to the rules; masks, distancing and handwashing/cleansing at all times.    more ...

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Unlockdown in Beautiful Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday May 16, 2020 (09:05:19)   (33 Reads)
Welcome and benvenuti to all my lovely readers around the world.

Well, it’s a peculiar thing, this semi lockdown time. Here in Tuscany, we are enjoying a second week of phase two, many people have gone back to work and a few more shops have reopened.    more ...

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A Little Bit Of Spring In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Wednesday April 15, 2020 (09:17:42)   (41 Reads)
Easter Weekend 2020

Welcome to my monthly column from Tuscany, which aims to bring you lots of happy news and to remind you just how glorious it is here.    more ...

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The Virus And The Italian People

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday March 14, 2020 (11:57:23)   (69 Reads)
Welcome to my monthly column from Tuscany.

The Virus and The Italian People

There is no getting away from it, here in beautiful Tuscany, we are quite rightly isolated in our own homes, like the rest of the country, until early April. We are allowed to go out one at a time, to buy groceries or visit the farmacia (chemist).    more ...

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Happy New Year And Buon Anno

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday January 18, 2020 (13:12:05)   (461 Reads)
Happy New Year & Buon Anno to all my lovely followers around the world.

‘I'm back, to let you know that I can really shake them down.' Yes, I know, ancient song lyrics again!    more ...

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Rainy Days In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Monday November 18, 2019 (18:08:45)   (112 Reads)
Welcome to my monthly column from Tuscany.

Just like most of Europe, our little bit of Tuscany is currently sodden and flooded from the deluge of rain. This has caused landslides, and non-essential traveling is not recommended. As much as we love our adopted homeland, we will never be happy about the poor infrastructure and lack of quality roads.    more ...

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Autumn Colours And Coziness In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Wednesday October 16, 2019 (10:56:40)   (115 Reads)
Autumn in Tuscany is arguably the most beautiful season of the year. I love it! By mid-October the grapes have been harvested and the vines are taking on stripes of colour; gold, yellow, orange and red. The sun is lower in the sky and the light creates the most amazing 3D effect across the countryside, the leaves of the olive trees shine bright silver and seen against a backdrop of rolling hillsides of woodland and dark evergreens, the view is breathtaking. The soil has now been dampened by some heavy showers of rain, much needed I have to say, as the land has been very dry over the last few weeks. The moist air brings out the gorgeous smells of the fallen pine leaves and fungi.    more ...

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Autumn Arrives In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Thursday September 19, 2019 (10:50:33)   (603 Reads)
After ten days in England, it was such a relief to get home to Beautiful Tuscany and to find that our local village of Fiano has won back the coveted banner having been victorious at the annual Calambur event! Bravi to all our lovely Italian friends who participated! This event is a bit like the UK's It's a Knockout which was televised and hugely popular in the 60's and 70's.    more ...

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August In Tuscany: Taking Our Breath Away

Posted by: junefinnigan on Friday August 16, 2019 (09:57:46)   (784 Reads)
August in Tuscany can take your breath away. Yes, it's beautiful, but in reality, I am talking about the heat, humidity and lack of breathable air! Even in properties like our own, which is old and built of thick stone walls, you will struggle to stay cool. The problem is the roof, concrete under tiles, which heats up during the day and fails to cool down sufficiently over night as temperatures have not been going lower than around 21 degrees. Last week, temperatures were up to 38 degrees again and wow, by 4pm we are gasping and changing into our third set of clothes. Today, we are thankfully enjoying a drop in overnight temperature and a maximum of 32 degrees, which is much better.    more ...

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