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New Belmond Hotel in Tuscany

> Castello Di Casole One of the most storied Tuscany resorts, Belmond Castello di Casole is alive with history. The site is deeply rooted in its agricultural past stretching back to the Bronze Age; artefacts from Etruscan farmers have been

King Of Italian Wine Families: Marchese Piero Antinori

Reprinted from John Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet Newsletter (www.johnmariani.com): “When Marchese Piero Antinori first produced a single vineyard blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc in 1978, it was a wine that deliberately diverted from government regulations as to what grapes

Castiglione del Bosco

Situated in the Val d’Orcia, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a place of quintessential Tuscan landscape has inspired a treasure trove of masterpieces created by country folk, architects and artists. The property stands alongside the ancient Via Francigena, a route

Overlooked Tuscany: Day Trips from Firenze

Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Cinque Terre are the most well-known day trips from Firenze. Here are five day trips from Italy Magazine that are often uncrowded, just as charming and also worth a visit. 1. Lucca Neither too big

The Grand Villas Surrounding Lucca

The city of Lucca has a vintage charm and, without the presence of some modern shops, it would be impossible to understand in what era we’re living while walking in the town centre. Lucca is a very elegant town, with

The Devil’s Bridge – Toscana

Garfagnana: The Devil’s Bridge There is a special place that distances only 22km (13 miles) from the center of Lucca. In a village called Borgo a Mozzano there is this astonishing bridge you see in the picture above. It’s Ponte

Wine Spectator’s Top 100 (2015) – Vino d’Italia

Wine Spectator’s 2015 rating of the Top 100 Wines of the World includes 18 selections from Italy. Ranging in price from $195 per 750 ml bottle to $20 (Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna) the group includes both fine and value

Castel Monastero

Castel Monastero There’s something rather medieval about arriving at this colossal hotel near Siena at night. After winding up to its walls through the countryside in the pitch black, guests are greeted by huge doors, swung open by a man

Castello di Vicarello

Castello di Vicarello Aurora and Carlo Baccheschi Berti stumbled across this incredibly special spot near Grosseto in Tuscany while walking in the hills in the 1970s. This small hotel opened 12 years ago, yet it still feels like a wonderful,

The Ultimate Tuscan Wine Escape…

The Ultimate Tuscan Wine Escape By Aielli & Benevento | Thursday Departures | Four Nights | 2016 Departures March- April –May – October-November “This is a six star experience!” Aielli & Benevento’s “Tuscan Wine Escape” is a five-day getaway designed

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