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Il Borro: A Medieval Borgo Reinvented As A Luxury Tuscan Resort


    A Medieval Castle Turned Borgo Along An Ancient Roman Passageway   When it comes to luxury hotels in Tuscany, or rather anywhere in Italy, the consumer is spoilt for choice. However what makes Il Borro something special lies in its 1,000 year-old past, the exact origins dating back to 1039. It was said to have been along an old Etruscan road and later a Roman one (clodia and the cassia), the area itself a political stronghold, becoming a battleground…

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Canyon Park in Tuscany: A Real Life Fear Factor


“Libero” shouts the Italian guy about 20 feet ahead of me. I can barely make out his figure,  but I can certainly hear his yell. I  could see  he had moved slightly off of the landing platform where I, a nothing delicate sort of tall Texan is meant to land after hurtling down a zip line India Jones style.   This was how last Saturday started..   It all really began at a picnic. A group of friends decided we…

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Discovering The Artisans Of Fabriano With Italian Stories


I don’t produce paper I give shape to desires To precious materials Add passion and love And an alchemy emerges Material and Immaterial join. It is not paper, it is the essence of the dream These are the words or rather the poetry of Sandro Tiberi, master paper artisan based in the tiny town of Fabriano, nestled in one of my favorite region in Italy, the mysterious Le Marche. As I walked inside his pretty workshop, more like an art…

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Tuscany Beyond The Obvious, Four Fun Ideas


Give a girl the keys to a vintage Fiat 500, and let me tell you, she can go anywhere. Or in my case, I just handed them over to my copilot-for-life Nico as I took a ton of photos. I might be considered that crazy person who constantly photographs the same things, but I could care less. The Tuscan countryside whispers to the soul, and I make no apologies for my constant puppy love in the presence of its beauty. You…

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Assisi: Exploring One Of Umbria’s Crown Jewels


In a town with only one bar hopping with about five locals on a Saturday night, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this Umbrian town 90 miles north of Rome. Assisi, or best well-known as the birthplace of St. Francis and a bunch of saints, was well on this girl’s radar as part of my get-the-hell-out-of-Tuscany sometimes plan this year in a bid to discover more of our neighboring regions, and hell if Henry James was enamored with…

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Slovenia Just Might Be The Next Big Thing For Wine

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Stepping out into a cold February afternoon, I headed into a very typical Slovenian house in the heart of ‘hurricane wind’ Vipava valley, an area not far from the Italian border. So famous is this wind, it helped determine the fate of the famous Battle of the Frigidus in 394. Following the sweet smile of our friend and young host Karolina, we were shown to the stairs to the cellar. I ducked, as per tall-girl-problems it’s surprising I haven’t yet had…

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