A Taste of Italy, in Thailand
Mar03

A Taste of Italy, in Thailand

Plans change. Sometimes for the better . On a recent Asian cruise I discovered, upon docking at Thailand’s Laem Chabang, that my selected shore excursion to Pattaya Beach had sold out. Disappointed, I chose an alternative a short drive away, which promised a visit to a winery. Since I wasn’t aware Thailand even had a wine industry, I had visions of a rustic backyard shed and a few straggly vines. I couldn’t have been more wrong....

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Walking Montepulciano
Aug19

Walking Montepulciano

“Hear, all ye drinkers! Give ear, and give faith, to our edict divine – Montepulciano’s the King of all Wine!” Bacchus in Tuscany – Francisco Redi, 1685 Using the Map Embedded in this post is an intersection between a story and space age satellites, an interactive Google Mashup Map of Montepulciano. In addition to the map’s standard scaling and scrolling abilities, mashups populate it with...

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Le Crete Senesi  – The Italian Road Trip
Jul10

Le Crete Senesi –
The Italian Road Trip

In his classic road movie La Strada, Anthony Quinn finds adventure driving Italian roads. In Tuscany I found this adventure too… Le Crete Map Driving Le Crete The starting point for the trip begins in Siena, my home base for jet lag recovery and stocking up on road trip supplies. I’m set to leave this UNESCO World Heritage city behind and plunge south into the countryside, at times traveling on roads built over Etruscan...

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Driving into Tuscan/Umbrian Culture
Mar24

Driving into Tuscan/Umbrian Culture

Tuscany and Umbria In all of Italy, Tuscany and Umbria are tops in my book. Friends who’ve visited all tell me they love it and although I normally don’t follow the herd, I have to admit I love it too. To me, Toscana and Umbro epitomize the Italy that travelers’ dream about – with all the intact medieval architecture and towering cyprus-lined lanes, plus wine and the flavors of delectable food. As with any trip time is limited,...

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In The Know: Torino, Italy
Feb25

In The Know: Torino, Italy

Torino, Italy: What to Know Formerly of Olympics Fame 2006 host of the Winter Olympics. Home to Italy’s most successful football (soccer) team, as well as the European Capital of Sport for the year 2015. The city that Italians say has the best chocolate in the country. Birthplace of a shockingly small number of names that non-Italians would recognize. Of course, I’m talking about Torino, Italy – Americanized to be Turin. A forgotten...

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All Roads in Italy Lead to Bologna
Jan30

All Roads in Italy Lead to Bologna

A Road to Bologna Discovering Bologna, Italy I sat on the computer staring at the screen mapping out my Italy trip with my wife. I wanted to visit Ljubljana and San Marino, Venice and Rome. I wanted a major city with sites and history. I discovered Bologna by accident – and not in a good way. The seventh largest city in Italy was conveniently located in the north of the country. It was a bigger city, had lots of options and an old...

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A Garden in Fiesole
Jan25

A Garden in Fiesole

Fiesole, Italy The Sights in Florence I sat soaking up the sun in a small walled garden. Tumbling geraniums held the moss-covered stones together as they did most of this hillside town. The drone of bees left the air heavy. Once formal garden paths weaved through one another as they rambled towards a statue of the Virgin, standing forgotten in the center of the garden. A rose branch crept out to tenderly embrace her. Autumn sunshine...

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Visit the Amalfi Coast and Rome
Jun21

Visit the Amalfi Coast and Rome

Vacation This Fall On The Amalfi Coast And In Rome From Just $1,399 Per Person Save Up To 20% On This 7-Night Vacation Which Includes Round-Trip Airfare, Hotel Accommodation, And Rental Car Rockville Centre, NY (June 13, 2013) — The Amalfi Coast is no doubt on many travelers’ bucket lists, and Great Value Vacations has just the package to help you check it off! There are few better places in the world to visit in the off-season...

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Affordable Rome and Florence Packages
Jun19

Affordable Rome and Florence Packages

Affordable Summer Vacation for Couples and/or Families Libertyville, IL, June 3, 2013—Take your kids to Italy and the price starts at $806 per person in a quadruple room. Take your spouse or friend and the price starts at $954 in a double. Whichever way you go, Rome and Florence are the Italian highlights that everyone should see, and this summer is the time to see them. TourCrafters has designed an 8-night/9-day land-only package...

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Summertime in Florence
May08

Summertime in Florence

                     Summertime in Florence     Libertyville, IL, April 22, 2013—Florence: the city of Renaissance art, fabulous Tuscan food, great museums, fashion-forward shops, stylish cafés and Italy’s best gelateria. TourCrafters has put together a 4-night, land-only Florence package that starts at $385 and includes accommodation in the 3-star Hotel Machiavelli, daily buffet breakfasts, a complimentary gelato at...

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