A Taste of the Mezzogiorno — May 2-11, 2017

Posted: Monday, September 12, 2016 | Category: Travel Tips

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If you’ve got a plot the size of a car or a tiny yard in Italy, you’re going to be growing tomatoes and basil and celery and carrots, and everybody is still connected to the land — Frances Mayes May 2 – May 11, 2017 I am so pleased to announce the dates for a […]

Discover Italy with Lonely Planet’s New Guide

Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016 | Category: Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there — George Harrison   There are a lot of guide books out there, but I have always liked what Lonely Planet guides have to offer. The company was launched 40+ years ago by two crazy kids who got married and, for their […]

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Aged to Perfection: The Wines of Antica Casa Vitivinicola Italo Pietrantonj

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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  I like on the table,/when we’re speaking, the light of a bottle/of intelligent wine. — Pablo Neruda   If you’ve been to our house in the last three years, chances are you’ve had a glass of wine or two from the Abruzzese winery called Pietrantonj. Because three years ago is when we discovered we […]

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Off-the-Beaten-Track Italy

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips

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First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing. Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset, olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls. Italia, on the other hand, is a maze. . .  Italy is the […]

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The Cucina Abruzzese Tour, September 2016

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips

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If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant? — Martin Scorsese We’ve been working feverishly here to put together a food and wine-oriented tour for you — with just enough history and even a little down time — to keep you all enchanted. Of course, it’s Italy, so how could […]

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