Rome’s Enchanted Evenings: City Sparkles By Night

One of Rome’s special  pleasures  is strolling through the city at night when locals and visitors alike enjoy the many riches that Rome has to offer: wine bars, feasting on Roman cuisine and gazing on iconic monuments and fountains. Rome is optimally walkable as you wander from one beautiful piazza to the next to find either a burbling fountain or a monument artistically illuminated for your delight.

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Shopping with a Florence Fashion Expert

Florence is a shopping mecca, famous for fine fashion, leather, scents, art, decorated wood, fine papers and shoes. But how do you know which retailers to trust, what price is right and what is good quality?

You don’t! It’s embarrassing the number of times we (who have taken shopping trips to Florence since we were teens) have bought things  we loved in Florence only to have them fall apart, shrink, melt or fade when we got home. There are so many stalls and shops, with such pretty displays, it’s bewildering and enchanting and often very expensive. Continue reading Shopping with a Florence Fashion Expert

Villa Amata Fulfills Your Tuscany Dream Vacation

Villa Amata is a truly remarkable villa in Tuscany that has just about everything you could want in a luxury Tuscan villa. Your stay is sure to wonderful and memorable while enjoying all the wonderful features it has to offer.

Garden Views of Tuscan Hill from the Villa Terrace
Garden Views of Tuscan Hill from the Villa Terrace

Accommodating up to 16 people with 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, it has plenty of activities both outside and in. Not only is there a lovely pool with a view but the pool area has a kitchen and dining arbor.  A tennis court and basketball court are nestled in the olive groves that surround the villa. Wander the property and hike in the hills.

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Enjoying the Beach in Italy

From mid-August until early September, a longstanding Italian tradition is to flee the hot cities for the beach. Having spent many childhood summers in Italy, we thought we understood the unique cultural aspects of Italians at the beach however as adults, returning to Italy with our own children for vacations, we appreciated ever new insights into Italian culture.  I could recount my own experience, but no one describes it better than author Tim Parks in his wickedly funny book Italian Education published in 1996, a sequel to Italian Neighbors published in 1992. If you are an Italy aficionado, we highly recommend both books, they hilariously entertaining and entirely accurate…good beach reading!

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