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Budget Tuscany Tours in Lunigiana

I remember having a conversation with a friend a few years ago where chatted about what to do in Tuscany, I admitted to her that I thought tours in Italy were too expensive for the average person. Bike tours, Vespa tours, horseback riding all around 70-100 euros per person which are out of reach for many people I know. That being said, after living here as long as I have, I get that sometimes you have to look a little…

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9 Reasons To Visit Carrara

Fortitudo mea in rota Latin for “My force is in the wheel” – the quote of Carrara, a town most famous for its legendary marble quarries used to build the Pantheon and Trajan’s Column in Rome, and a place with over 2,000 years of history. Also known as the birthplace of  luxury bathrooms and where artists like Michelangelo got the marble to create masterpieces you ‘might’ have heard about like you know, The David. Marble from this area can be spotted in…

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The worst best meal I have ever had in Tuscany

  Ever have one of those moments that remains burned in your memory for a lifetime? One that started off awkward but then turned into a hilarious inside joke that will probably stand the test of time? That’s exactly what this post is about, a really bad lunch that made me remember the town of Abbadia San Salvatore for more reasons than just one, namely for making our small group of blogger/videographer/photographers into a family. The reason I was there in the first…

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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 river playing in the background. Yep me too. Trust me, just because you might live in the living history book that is Italy – you really…

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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. Naturally I am talking about truffles. While, I didn’t think it was possible to overload on truffles, but I suppose I was wrong. In one day in the marvelous land that is Marche, I got…

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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 Land and stopped in this valley and, thanks to a divine sign, they decided to stay and build a small chapel there to host the…

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