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Off the beaten path in Umbria: an artist’s top 10 places

Off the beaten path in Umbria: an artist’s top 10 places

September 23, 2013

Today’s guest post is by Graham Dean, a British artist with a house in Umbria. Thanks Graham!    Umbria secret places Umbria is said to be associated with ombra, which means shadow in Italian, and indeed for years it seems like Umbria has been…

A luxury Italy itinerary

A luxury Italy itinerary

June 05, 2013

The luxury travelers I work with aren’t necessarily looking for VIP treatment. Rather, they are down-to-earth and well-traveled, but they want their luxury Italy itinerary to be about service and comfort while getting to know the locals as much as…

The living statues of Italy

The living statues of Italy

August 15, 2011

During a recent chat with a client about her itinerary, she said she definitely wanted to see the living statues in Florence.  I racked my brain, running through Florence’s famous statues in my head, thinking she must be referring to something…

Versilia, Tuscany

Versilia, Tuscany

August 08, 2011

Today’s post is about a gorgeous area of Tuscany that often gets overlooked as travelers head from Lucca or Pisa to the Cinque Terre. Thanks and a big welcome to Serena Giovanonni, the author of today’s enticing article about Versilia!…

Roman Assisi

Roman Assisi

January 24, 2011

One of the most beautifully written articles about Assisi that I’ve ever come across is by the author of today’s guest post, Rebecca Winke. Below, she delves into the fascinating evidence of the city’s Roman past, which is being uncovered as…

Caves and tunnels in Italy: Three underground favorites

Caves and tunnels in Italy: Three underground favorites

July 19, 2010

Want to explore Italy where a flashlight or even hard hat is required? There are thousands of caves and tunnels in Italy, giving the traveler lots of options to go underground. Tuscany alone has 1,500 grottoes and 270 km of…

The Baptistery doors in Florence: So what?

The Baptistery doors in Florence: So what?

June 21, 2010

Asking yourself “So what?” or “what’s the big deal?” is a great starting point when looking at any famous work of art in Italy. Yes, it’s probably aesthetically impressive, but it may be equally significant because of its historical context….

One day in Livorno

One day in Livorno

April 12, 2010

  Most of the inquiries I get about Livorno are from travelers arriving by cruise ship who want help planning one day in the area. I wouldn’t consider Livorno to be one of Italy’s top destinations, but that can be…

What to see in Assisi

What to see in Assisi

March 29, 2010

  The first time I went to Assisi was on a high school trip as an international exchange student. My principal knew I was having tough time acclimating to my new home, so invited me on all the class trips…

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