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Tuscan Specialties of Montalcino:  Pastries, Honey and More

Tuscan Specialties of Montalcino: Pastries, Honey and More

If you’re seeking to sample Tuscan specialties, you’d do well to start in Montalcino. While other towns and villages in the Val d’Orcia boast their own specialities, you’ll find in Montalcino, aside from the ever present Brunello wine, the following delights. All Things Bread […]

Positano, Italy:  Where the Path of the Gods Ends

Positano, Italy: Where the Path of the Gods Ends

Positano, Italy immediately exerts its fascination the first time you see from afar its colorful cascade of houses and villas perched above the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  And the fascination only deepens as you arrive in the town and begin to […]

Ravello, Italy: Loft of the Literati

Ravello, Italy: Loft of the Literati

Dominating the Amalfi Coast from an altitude of 350m, Ravello sits atop a rocky spur dividing two deep valleys. Situated thus, the town serves as a terrace perched high over the sea, from which you can enjoy a stupendous panorama of the entire coastline as far as Calabria in the south and Capri to the north. From early in its history, Ravello became a symbol of the ideal place to live, work, and play, with famous artists, writers, musicians, and the idle rich choosing it as their preferred haunts.

Montepulciano, Tuscany: the Florence of the South

Montepulciano, Tuscany: the Florence of the South

Taking advantage of the rich Tuscan soil and its favorable climate, Etruscans first established a settlement high on a limestone ridge around the third century B.C. as evidenced by the tombs that have been excavated in the region ine which numerous remains of the Etruscans’ typical black […]

Castellina-in-Chianti: A Fortified Etruscan Village

Castellina-in-Chianti: A Fortified Etruscan Village

Of all the many villages in the Chianti Classico region, Castellina-in-Chianti probably offers the most abundant evidence of Etruscan presence going back to the 7th century B.C. Important archaeological excavations have uncovered an entire series of Etruscan villages and hamlets along an ancient road […]

Greve-in-Chianti: A Wine Market Town

Greve-in-Chianti: A Wine Market Town

Although situated midway between the two important cultural centers of Florence and Siena, Greve-in-Chianti has retained its own unique character and architecture. A wide variety of historic residences, churches and castles built between the 5th and the 15th centuries remain in the town and […]

Montalcino, Tuscany: Home of Brunello

Montalcino, Tuscany: Home of Brunello

The ancient Etruscan settlement of Montalcino, Tuscany is perched high on a hill with a commanding view of the valleys of the rivers Orcia, Asso and Ombrone. During its more than two millenniums of recorded history, the town has experienced much turmoil and strife. […]

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