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Umbrian ceramics

Umbrian ceramics

August 28, 2009

Italy is famous for ceramics. The most well-known ceramics are probably those from Vietri sul Mare on the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Caltagirone in Sicily, Deruta in Umbria, and of course Faenza. The photo below is of some Umbrian ceramics that my…

What to see and do on Capraia Island, Italy

What to see and do on Capraia Island, Italy

June 26, 2009

Formed by a volcanic eruption 9 million years ago, which produced the island’s gorgeous red rock, the Island of Capraia is referred to as the “wild island”. It’s a national park, and is part of the group of islands off…

What to see in and around Siena, Tuscany

What to see in and around Siena, Tuscany

June 08, 2009

  When I start working with a new trip planning client, I always ask why they want to go to Italy. A recent response inspired today’s post.   We want to see amazing museums, historic churches and squares, small atmospheric medieval streets,…

SCUBA Diving in Italy: Isola del Giglio

SCUBA Diving in Italy: Isola del Giglio

May 28, 2009

    Italy’s Legambiente announced today that the Tuscan Archipelago’s Isola del Giglio is ranked as the Number 1 coastal destination in the country this year, due not only to its pristine waters, gorgeous scenery, and picture-perfect beaches, but also because of…

SCUBA Diving in Italy: Giannutri

SCUBA Diving in Italy: Giannutri

May 14, 2009

   The Island of Elba is the busiest and most popular of the Tuscan archipelago, but on the other end of the spectrum, visit the tiny island of Giannutri for a more off-the-beaten-track experience. Just 5 km long, it has a year-round…

Italy’s Best Bridges, Part II

Italy’s Best Bridges, Part II

May 11, 2009

Here are my picks for best bridges south of Florence. For Italy’s best bridges of Florence and the North, see Part I.   Civita di Bagnoregio An hour and a half north of Rome, this spectacular 2500 year old town…

Italy Bridges: picks in northern Italy

Italy Bridges: picks in northern Italy

May 04, 2009

Architects and engineers appreciate that a bridge is more than just a way to cross a gap, but how many of us would include bridges on our list of Things To See in Italy? These bridges are fun to visit, will give…

What to do in Lucca Tuscany

What to do in Lucca Tuscany

April 14, 2009

Take my recommendations for what to do in Lucca Tuscany and you’ll have a wonderful visit! This walled Tuscan town has excellent food, magnificent views, beautiful art, and medieval walls you can cycle on. It’s a satisfying combination as a tourist: eat a…

SCUBA Diving in Italy: Elba

SCUBA Diving in Italy: Elba

April 02, 2009

The island of Elba, famous for Napoleon's 10-month exile, is the largest island of the Tuscan archipelago. It's probably also the easiest to navigate as a tourist, with lots of shops, restaurants, hotels, sandy beaches, and of course: great SCUBA diving.  Diving…

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