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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Ragu al Cinghiale – Traditional Tuscan Wild Boar Pasta Dish

The more Laura and I have the pleasure of traveling though Tuscany, meeting with our villa owners and seeking out new experiences, activities and accommodations for our clients, the more we get to dig in deep to the local culture. We made a very conscious decision to choose villas off the beaten path from the large, […]

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Why Are Brunello Wines So Distinctive?

Well, if you are a Sangiovese fanatic, you would know that the Brunello grape is synonymous with the Sangiovese Grosso (aka Brunello) grape…in fact 100% the same. Brunelllo has been a wine varietal since being discovered in the early 14th century about 80 km south of Florence in the area surrounding the town of Montalcino. […]

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A Perfect Week in Tuscany (Part Two)

In last week’s post, we made it through the first 3 days of the perfect week, with arrival at Casa Agnese, a busy day in Florence and a day trip to Siena and San Gimignano. Day Four (Lucca, cooking class): One of my favorite Tuscan towns, and one that I’m loath to miss each time […]

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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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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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