Our New Portfolio of Luxury Apartments in Florence

Yes, we are still in the business of finding you the ideal, secluded, off-the-beaten-path Tuscan villa for your holiday, but we are adding the opportunity to offer you a few days in the city. Laura recently returned from Italy where she had the chance to visit with a few of our property owners who have both […]

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Best Cathedrals in Italy

Last month, Architectural Digest published an article about their favorite cathedrals throughout Italy and given that we are around the Holidays, we thought this would be a timely article to pass along to our readers. The beauty of the cathedrals throughout Tuscany come from simply admiring the elements that make up these lovely structures. It need not […]

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Casa di Lusso – Up Close and Personal

We recently had the chance to get inside the mind of one of our villa owners, Irene Sanesi of Casa di Lusso, located just 16 miles from Florence and 19 miles from Siena. She runs this family owner agriturismo estate alongside her Mother and Father. She shares with us the best and toughest part of running […]

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Travel by train is easy and fun, especially with children

Rome, Termini, Train, Station, Italy

The rail system throughout Italy is such a simple and enjoyable way to get around. We were recently on a trip to Rome and decided to take a quick trip to Florence by train. We researched the train schedule, tracked down the right station, chose the right train for us (high speed), decided on what […]

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Gucci, Pucci and Fiorucci – Via de’ Tornabuoni in Florence

Before diving into the highlights of shopping in Florence on Via de Tornabuoni, I must confess, I do not like to shop. It’s true…no interest! However, you need not have any interest in shopping to take in the beauty and serenity of Via de’ Tornabuoni, one of the most elegant and beautiful shopping districts I […]

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A Perfect Week in Tuscany (Part One)

By now we have been doing this long enough to have formed definite opinions as to what comprises the perfect Tuscan vacation. Let’s say you and your family or group of friends have 7 days and nights to spend in Tuscany. If you’re like me and you crave a little adventure, a little culture, and […]

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How did I get here?

Brandy Stroh: My sweet love affair with Italy dates back to 1984, when my family packed up and moved to Florence, Italy for six months. We were living in the North suburbs of Chicago and my parents felt we needed to explore outside our Midwestern walls, learn more about our heritage and introduce us to […]

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Oltrarno

By now, most of our readers have likely figured out which is my favorite city in the world. I talk about it a lot and spend much of my time there, or plotting ways to get back there to visit again or to live for a while. Of course I’m talking about Florence. This week […]

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Pasqua

Pasqua is the beautiful Italian word for Easter. I know what you’re thinking: Today is St. Patricks Day, not Easter. However, as much as we Americans love to celebrate with our Irish brethren (I just spent last weekend marveling over the Chicago River dyed green for the occasion), Italians generally don’t make a big deal […]

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In Celebration of Womanly Courage

March 8th is a day on which women are celebrated in Italy and in other places around the world. It is International Women’s Day, or as it’s known in Italy, Festa della Donna. We wrote about this holiday 2 years ago, around the time of the first anniversary of our very first villa scouting trip […]

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