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A Taste of Italy, in Thailand

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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. Silverlake Vineyard was established by a former Thai movie star in 2002 and is a real surprise! Jumping on the...

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Walking Montepulciano

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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 information – just click on any marker to reveal a sub-window giving tips. It’s optimized both for desktops...

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Le Crete Senesi –
The Italian Road Trip

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Le Crete Senesi  – The Italian Road Trip

In his classic road movie La Strada, Anthony Quinn finds adventure driving Italian roads. On the Crete Senesi 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 paths. Naturally I was bit concerned about driving in a foreign land where, Dio ce ne guardi, a minor...

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Driving into Tuscan/Umbrian Culture

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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, so are six days/seven nights going to be enough to cover these towns? Realistically, the answer is no – but...

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In The Know: Torino, Italy

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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 city when compared to its country-mates of Venice, Florence, and Rome, Torino has less of an ancient past and...

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All Roads in Italy Lead to Bologna

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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 section of town with loads of history. Still, when I mentioned stopping in Bologna and using it as a hub for an...

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A Garden in Fiesole

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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 danced through the trees, with midges floating contentedly in the warmth of its wake. Below me, the Duomo rose...

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Visit the Amalfi Coast and Rome

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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 than Italy. With this package from Great Value Vacations, travelers can enjoy a relaxing time on the beautiful...

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Affordable Rome and Florence Packages

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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 that includes four nights’ accommodation in Rome at the modern 3-star Hotel Trevi and four nights in Florence at...

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Summertime in Florence

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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 the Vivoli Gelateria, taxes, an electric bike tour of Florence and its major sights; plus a Vespa tour (like an...

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Kids free cruising on Costa

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Kids free cruising on Costa

Costa Cruises Launches ‘Kids Free’ Promotion on Select Europe Sailings HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (April 8, 2013) — A European vacation is more affordable with Costa Cruises’ “Kids Free” spring and summer promotion that lets families of four sail for the price of two guests. With Kids Free, junior cruisers ages 17 and under only pay government taxes and fees as the third or fourth guest in a cabin on select sailings through July. Enjoy kids free cruising with low rates In addition to the Kids Free offer, special low...

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TourCrafters Escorted Tours of Europe

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TourCrafters Escorted Tours of Europe

Libertyville, IL, November 27, 2012 — What could be better than a relaxing trip to Europe with a small group. great hotels, authentic restaurants, friendly English-speaking guides and—most important—no hassles or worries. TourCrafters has designed a brand new selection of Golden Tours (tops in luxury and service), Silver Tours (almost as good) and Bronze Tours (budget tours that save you up to 40%). The 2013 Best of Europe Escorted Tours brochure, which covers Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Germany, Switzerland Greece and Turkey, is...

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New Chauffeur-Driven Tuscan Tours from Lungarno Collection

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New Chauffeur-Driven Tuscan Tours from Lungarno Collection

(Florence, Italy, April 26, 2012) – Lungarno Collection, a Ferragamo family-owned hospitality group based in Florence, introduces new chauffeur-driven excursions along the picturesque Tuscan roads. Once traveled by Amerigo Vespucci and Giovanni da Verrazzano, two celebrated Italian explorers who led expeditions throughout Italy and North America, guests can now relive their journeys on an all-inclusive tour along the Chianti Classico Wine Road. As part of an aristocratic family, Amerigo Vespucci was born and raised in Florence in the...

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Biking Italy’s Wine Routes for Foodies

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Biking Italy’s Wine Routes for Foodies

(Newburyport, MA, January 2012) – Italiaoutdoors introduces three innovative tours to its 2012 “Bike the Wine Roads” line-up: the “Primavera del Prosecco” tour, April 1-8; the “Grape Harvest Bike the Wine Roads of the Veneto” tour, September 15-24; and the “Bike the Wine Roads Tours of Trentino-Alto Adige,” September 29-October 8. Designed and led by co-owners Chef and Wine Curator Kathy Bechtel and recreation specialist Vernon McClure, all Italiaoutdoors cycling holidays offer an in-depth explorationof notable wine regions throughout...

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Experience Italy with Trafalgar’s “Be My Guest” Dining Guides

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Experience Italy with Trafalgar’s “Be My Guest” Dining Guides

(Anaheim, November 2011) – Italy has long been a favorite destination for Trafalgar travelers, and the recently launched 2012 Italy brochure packs in 20 itineraries with more inclusions than ever before. Trafalgar’s Italy guided vacations include a number of new Be My Guest dining experiences, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in Italian culture through authentic meals in family homes and private villas. Guests booking the 11-day Italian Discovery (from $2799) or 14-day Italian Glory (from $4050) guided vacations can look forward to an...

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