5 ways to sightsee with a vintage Fiat 500
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5 ways to sightsee with a vintage Fiat 500

Have you ever dreamed about zipping around in a vintage car in the hills of Tuscany pretending to be in a cheesy yet romantic movie based in the 1950′s where everyone clothes stayed crisp in the hottest temperatures (makes you sort of imagine that everyone must have had some serious body odor) with Frank Sinatra’s Moon … Continue reading

Overdosing on truffles in Marche
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Overdosing on truffles in Marche

“Truffles – anyone who does not declare himself ready to leave Paradise or Hell for such a treat is not worthy to be born again.” - Maurice Goudeket, ‘Close to Colette’ (1955) Some people hate them, some people are so obsessed they pay 1,000′s of euros for them. Of course I am talking about truffles. While, I … Continue reading

Town of Sansepolcro and the historical Palio della Balestra
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Town of Sansepolcro and the historical Palio della Balestra

This coming weekend I am joining a group of Italian bloggers and special guests {Ernesto de Matteis, Gian Luca Sgaggero, Milena Marchioni, Ramona Pizzano, Valentina Dainelli, Valentina Piccini }  for a trip back into time to visit the ancient town of Sansepolcro in the province of Arezzo. Legend is that saints Arcano and Egidio returned from the Holy … Continue reading

Blogger day at Villa di Petroio (Rufina)
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Blogger day at Villa di Petroio (Rufina)

What happens when you bring together a mix of Italian & english-speaking local bloggers to a stunning 1,000-year-0ld villa in the countryside with over 900 acres of land and shower them with food, wine and bizarre –  yet awesome entertainment? Well this will give you a bit of an idea.  Yes I guess you could … Continue reading

Olive oil in Tuscany, how ‘green gold’ is made
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Olive oil in Tuscany, how ‘green gold’ is made

The making of olive oil in Tuscany is an almost sacred process and I had the chance to be up close and center last week to see how Tuscany’s “green-gold” is actually made in a completely organic agricultural estate. This was after my absolutely delightful tour of Villa di Maiano - the historical villa featured in films … Continue reading

“Room with a View”
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“Room with a View”

Last week I got the great opportunity to tour the incredible Villa di Maiano and {Fattoria di Maiano – post coming later}. This historical gem is where several scenes were filmed from James Ivory’s “Room with a View”, the director himself fell in love with this location.  The views from this prime spot in the Tuscan … Continue reading

#BTO2012 – Day one, Online tourism in Italy
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#BTO2012 – Day one, Online tourism in Italy

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending part one of a two-day conferance called BTO for the first time, as mentioned in my November list of events. In its fifth year,they moved locations from the Stazione Leopolda to the fortezza da basso, which often hosts various events and conferences. BTO – or “Buy Tourism Online” deals mainly with … Continue reading

A day at the San Rossore racetrack, Pisa
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A day at the San Rossore racetrack, Pisa

A day at the races, sounds like something one says who is from the south. American south, I mean (and yes I can say that because I am a southern native myself). I have never been to the Kentucky derby nor many horse races in Texas (unless you count the rodeo - which is much much … Continue reading

Blog tour day 3 – ‘Mad in Italy’ & discovering Kandinsky
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Blog tour day 3 – ‘Mad in Italy’ & discovering Kandinsky

Day three of my blog tour adventure started off with this very nerdy (and awesome) cappuccino with yes, that is my twitter name emblazoned on top with chocolate script. I almost didn’t want to drink it.. Luckily for us the hotel owner Andrea – a hilarious wise-cracking Pisan kept us constantly cracking up throughout the … Continue reading

Blog tour day 2 – Galileo & Twitter talk
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Blog tour day 2 – Galileo & Twitter talk

Day 2 : after a good night’s sleep we set off to meet our tour guide for the morning in the most famous area of Pisa, Piazza dei Miracoli – home of the leaning tower, Duomo and baptistry. Our particular tour focused on the life Galileo and his journey from birth to famous scientist – … Continue reading