About me

Elisa Scarton Detti is the face behind My Maremma Tuscany. A journalist by trade, she has been featured in Italy Magazine, BBC Travel, the Guardian and plenty of others. She is originally from Melbourne, Australia, but began her love affair with country Tuscany in 2007. She is a new breed of expat. Young, creative, resourceful and completely rural. She began her creative journey working for Australian Bride, where she learned the ins and out of fashion, food and flower styling. After almost five years at the magazine, she joined her husband, Giulio, in Manciano, an small town in Southern Tuscany. She started her own travel blog in 2008 and published the Maremma Tuscany’s first English-language guidebook in 2014. As the destination grew in popularity, she was in high demand for her travel advice and tips on an undiscovered corner of Tuscany. Being a 20-something in Tuscany’s premier retirement destination has its challenges, but Elisa strives to stay stylish and survive expat life. She escapes to the kitchen to put her own twist on classic local dishes and celebrate her own Italian heritage. More than 40 years ago, her parents left Italy to start a new life in Australia and now she’s returned full circle. My Maremma Tuscany embraces seasonality, local small producers and the flavours of life. This is not just a cooking blog, but a reflection on being young, creative and resourceful in rural destinations with delicious dishes from Elisa’s Italian/Australian childhood and her adopted Tuscan home thrown in for colour.


Tuscany’s biggest province is an expanse of open spaces and small medieval villages. It stretches from sun-dappled beaches to snow-capped mountains with plenty of flower-filled fields in the middle. Its first inhabitants were a pre-Roman civilisation called the Etruscans and its current residents are the humble, quiet and fiercely proud Maremmani who love their historical, cultural, natural and culinary paradise. This is Tuscany off-the-beaten-track. Find out more about the Maremma here.