Cinque Terre and the Coast from Viareggio to Portofino

January 19th , 2010 → 8:32 pm @ admin

Cinque Terre
Le Cinque Terre, which means Five Lands, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, and comprises the five small coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso located in the region of Liguria in the province of La Spezia. There is a train service that runs from one end of the Cinque [...]

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Category : Day Trips / Local Interest / Outdoors

Tuscan Food

January 19th , 2010 → 5:42 am @ admin

Each of the Italian regions has its own unique cuisine, all influenced by the various climates.  A look at the Tuscan countryside reveals some of the key ingredients in local cooking: olive groves, forests of chestnut trees, terraced hillsides of grape vines, and fragrant rosemary and sage bushes in gardens everywhere.
Tuscan cooking is simple and [...]

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Category : Food

Shopping in Lucca

January 18th , 2010 → 5:21 am @ admin

Lucca is the capital of the Province of Lucchesia and is one of the richest areas in Tuscany for history, tradition, and culture.  Lucca is one of the most ancient towns of Etruria with its rich cultural and mercantile heritage and boasts a unique town centre which is completely enclosed by monumental walls which date [...]

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Category : Shopping

Shopping in Florence

January 18th , 2010 → 2:26 am @ admin

If you are a diehard shopper, then shopping in Florence is one thing that you will not want to miss. Florence is a shopper’s paradise.  Whether it is antiques, jewellery, leather or fashion, Florence has it all.
Florence is justly famous for its lovely hand-crafted leather accessories and fine clothes. Some of Italy’s most famous designers, such [...]

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Category : Day Trips / Shopping

Nearby Towns and Villages

January 17th , 2010 → 11:05 pm @ admin

Cinque Terre
Le Cinque Terre, which means Five Lands, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, and comprises the five small coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso located in the region of Liguria in the province of La Spezia. There is a train service that runs from one end of the [...]

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Category : Day Trips / Local Interest

A Brief on Italian Wine

January 17th , 2010 → 4:10 pm @ admin

When it comes to wine, Italy is a country truly blessed: It benefits from an enviable array of vineyard sites ideally suited to growing the staggering number of indigenous grape varieties. However, Italy is also a country where heritage, pride and tradition are never far away. The result? A slow embrace of modern [...]

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Category : Food

The Garfagnana

January 14th , 2010 → 4:50 am @ admin

The Garfagnana is one of the most famous ‘undiscovered’ parts of Italy. It’s a large area of valley and mountain north of Lucca and Pisa, in the northern part of Tuscany.  Although mostly rural and little affected, so far, by tourism, the Garfagnana has been creeping onto the itinerary of more adventurous tourists for some [...]

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Category : Local Interest / Outdoors

Low Cost European Airlines to Pisa

January 14th , 2010 → 4:43 am @ admin

For those of you who may be interested, these carriers offer low cost flights to Pisa from the United Kingdom and other European countries, as well as an opportunity for very inexpensive connections from the United States and Canada.  Here is a list of the European low-cost carriers that fly into Pisa, the dominant major [...]

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Category : Travel

Towns of the Lunigiana

January 14th , 2010 → 4:20 am @ admin

Over 100 castles dot the Lunigiana landscape, made up of three valleys cut by rivers. Pristine medieval villages are tucked into hillsides, providing the perfect stop off points amidst the abundant hiking trails in the woods and along the ridge tops.
Pontremoli – once one of the richest and most powerful of Lunigiana cities, Pontremoli stands [...]

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Category : Day Trips / Historical / Local Interest

Forte dei Marmi

January 12th , 2010 → 7:06 am @ admin

Just 40 minutes south of Casa Lucia is the elegant beachside resort of Forte dei Marmi, located along the northern Tuscany coast between the Marinas of Ronci and Pietrasanta, in an area known as Versilia.   The beautiful sandy beaches in this area are characterized by clean water, interesting villages, and a background of the spectacular [...]

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