Our friend Chandi Wyant has written a wonderful chronicle of her solo pilgrimage along one of Italy’s most historic and spiritual paths. Her account is inspiring both for its personal insights and its deep love of Italy.
In her early forties, Chandi Wyant’s world implodes in the wake of a divorce and traumatic illness. Determined to embrace life by following her heart, she sets out on Italy’s historic pilgrimage route, the Via Francigena, to walk for forty days to Rome.
Weakened by her recent illness, she walks over the Apennines, through the valleys of Tuscany, and beside busy highways on her 425-kilometer trek equipped with a nineteen-pound pack, two journals, and three pens.
Return to Glow chronicles this journey that is both profoundly spiritual and ruggedly adventuresome. As Chandi traverses this ancient pilgrims’ route, she rediscovers awe in the splendor of the Italian countryside and finds sustenance and comfort from surprising sources. Drawing on her profession as a college history instructor, she gracefully weaves in relevant anecdotes, melding past and present in this odyssey toward her soul.
This delightful, transporting tale awakens the senses while inviting readers to discover their own inner glow by letting go of fixed expectations, choosing courage over comfort, and following their heart.
Here is an in-depth interview with Chandi on Italy Magazine’s web site
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For something really nice–and off the beaten path–check out Torre Fantini in Emilia Romagna. Walk into a charming village and enjoy Italy’s best kept culinary and wine-loving secrets. And for fans of Italian culture and history, this region is superb!
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Canonica is situated in a little village that dates back to the Middle Ages, 40 Km from Siena and 3 Km from Gaiole in Chianti, in an area filled with castles and magnificent vineyards: the birthplace of Chianti Classico wine. The village of Vertine still preserves its original buildings which are arranged around an internal ring of alleys and open spaces. The consecrated church stands out as well as the donjon at the entry gate, next to which there is a pleasant and characteristic wine bar where it is also possible to enjoy a light launch or buy drinks.
Canonica, located next to the church, has been completely renovated whilst preserving its original features including the beamed ceilings and stunning frescoes on the walls. Distributed over two floors, it is filled with period furnishings. The functional and elegant bathrooms are realized in Tuscan travertine. The first floor bedrooms have air conditioning, but there is no need for AC on the ground floor due to the very thick old walls. The kitchen has a dishwasher, two refrigerators and many other accessories. There is WI-FI internet connection throughout the house and a flat screen satellite TV. Outside there is a beautiful private garden with areas for relaxing, a terrace with table and chairs seating eight people for eating “al fresco” surrounded by views of the Chianti hills, and a convenient barbecue.
The garden also features a panoramic whirlpool swimming pool (5 x 3 m), with the possibility of heating the water. On request, guests can enjoy free use of the services at the Castello di Spaltenna, 3 Km away, such as the use of the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis court and wellness center. They can also receive a discount at the restaurants located in the castle. Gaiole, 3 Km away, offers all the necessary services. Canonica is also an excellent point of departure for food and wine itineraries.
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Villa Curiano is located in the middle of a 400 hectare organic farm, delimited by a small, very ancient village. It is situated within the Crete Senesi, a very atmospheric landscape dominated by harsh, bare hills worn away over the centuries but which still have an indisputable charm, 18 Km from Siena and 5 from Monteroni d`Arbia. The villa is reached along a brief stretch of unpaved road; it is accessed inside the village which features a large car park and the secondary entrance. The main entrance overlooks the large, fully fenced park. Following the recent renovation, the owners have managed to sensitively maximize the ancient architectural features, ensuring comfort and finishings that are suitable for modern requirements. The villa has air conditioning in all the bedrooms a except for the bedroom on the mezzanine floor, digital terrestrial television with Sky and DVD player, Wi-Fi connection all over the house and in the garden as far as the swimming pool. The kitchen is also very well equipped: 5 burner cooker, 2 refrigerators, juicer, microwave, toaster. The park contains a 6×13 m swimming pool with changing room and bathroom with shower, provided with a beach umbrella, deckchair and a 5 m sofa with cushions. Near the villa is an outdoor dining table seating 12 people and an aperitif area with beach umbrella. The daily cleaning service only covers the communal areas – kitchen, dining room and living rooms. It is possible to book the preparation of supper with typical Tuscan cuisine to be paid for on site. From Villa Curiano it is possible to organize beautiful excursions around the towns of the Val d`Orcia, Montalcino 20 Km, Penza 35 Km, Buonconvento 9 Km. There are many excellent restaurants throughout the area.
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