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Montepulciano, Tuscany

Montepulciano, Tuscany

March 23, 2009

Montepulciano, Tuscany is one of my favorite towns in Italy, probably because there’s a little of everything, with a heavy focus on wine. Built on a hill and surrounded by picture-perfect countryside, it also does well in the Atmosphere, Art…

Monteriggioni, Tuscany

Monteriggioni, Tuscany

March 02, 2009

In the case of the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni in Tuscany, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words.  Begin appreciating this tiny town, surrounded by vineyards, during the approach. After entering its walls there really isn’t that much…

What to see in San Gimignano Italy

What to see in San Gimignano Italy

October 01, 2008

Even if you had no idea what to see in San Gimignano Italy, you’d immediately notice its unique skyline. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, this walled Tuscan city was founded by the Etruscans and then became prosperous in the middle ages…

Gubbio, Umbria

Gubbio, Umbria

September 15, 2008

The Umbrian town of Gubbio is worth a visit and I suppose could be done in a daytrip from southern Tuscany. But personally I'd take 10 days in Umbria and hit Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Todi and Orvieto – more or less in…

Locanda Dell’Amorosa

Locanda Dell’Amorosa

September 08, 2008

When I travel as a tourist, I usually choose a hotel that is purely functional: comfortable and quiet, so I can get a good night's sleep; and centrally located so I can maximize tourist time. This means that in Italy I…

Fields of Sunflowers in Italy: where and when to find them

Fields of Sunflowers in Italy: where and when to find them

September 03, 2008

    If you’d like to plan an itinerary that includes fields of sunflowers in Italy, it’s important to know where and when to find them. We took the photo above just outside the Tuscan town of San Gimignano at the end…

What’s “The Obvious”?

What’s “The Obvious”?

August 05, 2008

The name of this blog is “Italy: Beyond the Obvious“, because in my years of guiding, organizing, and coaching people on trips and travel to Italy, I’ve noticed there are a few things that pretty much nobody wants to miss,…

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