That’s me in the photo, having a “Birra” in Gaiole in Chianti. I’ve been coordinating Villa and Farmhouse vacations in Tuscany since 1997. During that time, I’ve explored not only the main attractions throughout Tuscany (and Italy), but I’ve discovered the “nooks and crannies” where most tourists don’ t go. Here I’ll be sharing that information with you. Along the way, I’ll provide tips and tricks for great airfare and routes from the US to Italy, as well as details about money, packing, weather and other logistics. Ciao for now!
On a recent trip through Italy, we had a few days in between destinations so decided to explore Emilia-Romagna, specifically Bologna and Modena. Since I’d been to Bologna many years ago, I was anxious to get back and see if [...]
Just a half-hour east of Pisa on the A11 Autostrada, Lucca is an ancient city with a wealthy history. Surrounded by the final of several fortified walls – this one designed to flummox those ‘new-fangled’ cannon balls (versus bows and [...]
At the entrance to Vicopisano, an olive farm While vineyard tours are plentiful, fascinating and fun, after your third or tenth tour you might be looking for a different way to spend a day. I would highly recommend [...]
Once five small villages accessible only from the sea, the Cinque Terre – “five lands” – is now so flooded with tourists that there’s been talk of limiting the number of people allowed in the area. But they haven’t done [...]
Okay, “non-touristy” might be overstating it. But it’s a good bet that the ratio of Italians to Tourists in these places will be ever in your favor – meaning more natives than non. I'm starting in Florence because, while it’s easy to [...]
If you only have one day to explore Chianti, I won’t argue that driving the La Chiantigiana highway (SS222) from where it starts just south of Florence to where it descends into Siena is a fairly decent agenda. You get [...]
If you’ve never been to Italy before, perhaps the best way to dive in is to visit I Tre Grandi, The Big Three: Rome, Florence & Venice. While they’re similar in popularity, they’re different in almost every other way. Yes, [...]