Traditional Tiramisu is made with eggs, and since I used to be allergic, I couldn’t eat it. Always enterprising, I found this recipe from my favorite Italian TV host, Benedetta Parodi. I watch her almost every day! This recipe is excellent! I had to make some conversions to the measurements, so when you make it, you might have to “play” with it a little. I love the coffee flavor, but am thinking of mixing it up a bit and instead of coffee trying strawberries, bananas, or whatever fruits are in season for the layering.

Ingredients

Cinnamon
3 ounces of coffee (espresso) (Let it cool before using in the recipe)
Powdered cocoa
8 ounces of Greek yogurt
15 ounces of Ricotta
Ladyfingers-in Italy I use Savoiardi, but you might not find them in the USA
½ cup powdered sugar

This couldn’t be any easier! Mix the espresso with a little bit of cinnamon, to taste. Combine the yogurt, ricotta, and powdered sugar to make a cream. Put a layer of ladyfingers on the bottom of a glass pan (I used 8 x 8); pour half of the coffee over the ladyfingers so that they soak it up.

Put half of the cream mixture over the ladyfingers. Add another layer of ladyfingers and soak with the remaining coffee. Another layer of cream and then sprinkle with the cocoa. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Exquisite!


The day we went to Vinci, it was cold and rainy. We picnicked on the side of the road, beside a picnic table, but stayed in the car during a torrential downpour. It was still fun! Vinci is located 35 kilometers west of Florence, but on the winding roads it seemed longer. You can take the large highway between Florence and Empoli, but we liked taking the most scenic route. You can also get there by taking the train to Empoli and then a bus to Vince. It is a beautiful drive, but the rain made it difficult. Nevertheless, when we arrived it was all about Leonardo!

The tiny village is proud of their son, who was born here in 1452. It is a quaint little walled village with many tributes to Leonardo. The farmhouse where he was born is still standing just a couple of kilometers outside of the town and you can get a ticket to see it for an extra euro at the museum. The museum is easy to find in the small town and well worth a visit. It is located in two buildings and has many drawings and machines designed by Leonardo. My favorite was the one of the wings.

The museum is opened March-October 9:30-7, and November-February 9:30-6 and the all inclusive ticket costs 11 euro. Check out current costs and times at the site here.

Visiting the museum was a great way to spend this rainy day, but unfortunately because of it, we didn’t really get to see what else the tiny village might offer. I will keep it on my list to visit again!


This bridge located near Borgo di Mozzano, in the province of Lucca, was an important part of a pilgrimage route from France to Rome in the middle ages, called the via Francigena. This bridge, also known as the “bridge of the devil”, crosses the Serchio river.

The bridge is an unbelievable example of medieval engineering and ingenuity, and wa built in about 1080-1100 under the rule of Matlida of Tuscany. It was renovated in 1300 and the largest span is 37.8 meters.

You will find the bridge noted on most maps and there are directional signs to get to it. There is a small free parking lot at the base of the bridge and you can walk to the top of it.

We had a “snack” at the bar across the street which has nice sandwiches, cheese and salami plates and your favorite beverages.