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The Rome I Love

I admit it. I’m an Italophile, and I’ve been hooked on Rome ever since I landed there in the late 1960s right out of college. I was supposed to stop over in the Eternal City for a few days of summer vacation before heading on to Greece and then back to the States for a […]

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Dining throughout Italy

Food and wine are a very big deal in Florence and Tuscany and, of course, throughout Italy. Here are a few of our favorite places… Florence Ristorante il Latini- via dei Palchetti 6/r (Palazzo Rucellai) This Florence institution frequented by locals and tourists alike offers heaping platters of appetizers, pasta, grilled meats, huge steaks (bistecca) […]

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Book Review: How to Eataly

So you think you know how to eat pizza? Just pick up a slice and away you go. Not so, according to the master chefs behind this great big, bountiful book filled with tips for buying, cooking and eating Italian foods—a true learning experience for the novice, sophisticated cook and food lover alike. Oscar Farinetti, […]

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Lodging in Italy

HOTELS PORTO ERCOLE (above the coastline of Monte Argentario overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.) Hotel Il Pellicano “Once you stay at this stunning property, there is no reason to leave the grounds” say many guests. Opened in 1964, this magnificent 5-star hotel has been entertaining guests like Jackie Kennedy, Lee Radziwill, Charlie Chaplin, Sophia Loren, Gianni […]

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Golf in Tuscany

Golf is being played today in places where it was often considered an alien activity, but it is also growing in countries where it has had a relatively low profile. Happily, Italy falls into that category and Tuscany in particular. Golf was first played in Tuscany more than 100 years ago, when it was introduced […]

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Some Accommodations Outside Florence

Fortunately, Tuscany is blessed with some of the most interesting accommodation choices in Italy. These range from the country palazzos of Florentine princes to old inns in hilltop towns. Among them are three of our favorites. Villa La Massa sits on the banks of the river Arno, just five miles from the center of Florence. […]

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All About Tuscany

When people dream of Italy, it is the rolling hills of the Val d’Orcia, the vineyards and olive groves of Chianti, and the sheer magnitude of Florentine art that fills their imaginations. Tuscany, more than any other region, captivates travelers, armchair and active alike. Each of Italy’s 20 regions is a jewel of its own, […]