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Return to Glow: A Heartfelt Pilgrimage Through Italy

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 … Continue reading

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Torre Fantini – great summer weeks still open!

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! … Continue reading

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Tuscan cooking lesson!

Do you like Tuscan cooking?  We thought so! We are able to arrange a cooking lesson at a vineyard estate that produces wine and olive oil. Stefania is the owner along with her daughter, Irene.  They are delightful and have … Continue reading

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Canonica – A Tuscan fantasy

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. … Continue reading

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Last minute cancellation on Lake Como!

Contact us now about August 19-26 at Como Bianco on Lake Como!  This high season week is open now due to a last minute cancellation. Contact:

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Villa Curiano in the Crete Senese

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 … Continue reading

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On or off the beaten path?

This thing called the ‘beaten path’ really isn’t such a bad place. Everyone wants to avoid it, but you have to consider that it includes many of the beautiful destinations and experiences that create the best travel memories…Michelangelo’s David, the … Continue reading

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From Lucca to the Tuscany Seaside

Our Italian friends tell us that Lucca is a fun place to live and to visit because the people from here do such a good job of getting the most out of life. The area is known for its thriving … Continue reading

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Settignano – The luxurious setting of Villa Gamberaia

Settignano is a small and welcoming village with an artistic legacy.  It’s close enough to Florence to enjoy a day of touring and then return home without a long drive.  And it’s still rural enough to offer a view of fields … Continue reading

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A luxury villa inside Rome is hard to find

Rome is a busy and exciting city, filled with timeless treasures that can be found with a brisk walk and a handy guidebook.  Its convenient underground Metro can whisk you from one side of town to the other.  Take some time to … Continue reading

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