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Tuscany is what many people around the world envision as a true representation of Italy.  Rolling hills. Stone farmhouses. Vineyards. Olive groves. It is one of Italy's most popular tourist destinations and many travelers choose to rent a Tusan villa and live like Italians for a week or two. Six areas in Tuscany are protected by UNESCO:  the Val d'Orcia, the cathedral of Pisa, and the historic centers of Florence, San GimignanoPienza and Siena.  The Etruscans were the first major civilization in this area and their imprint can be found throughout the region. Tuscany was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and there is history around every corner.

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Golf, Hogs and Family at A Tuscan Estate/Villa Rental
Serena Giovannoni: One of the Best Local Tour Guides in Tuscany
An American Family in Tuscany
Uncovering the Mysteries of Tuscany Tour Guide Dario Castagno
Live the Bond, James Bond Experience at These Tuscany Rentals
The Dream Interview: Frances Mayes, Author of Under The Tuscan Sun
Rachael Ray's Italian Wedding Hideaway in Tuscany
Italy Events Calendar: What's Happening in Italy

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Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Florence and Tuscany (Sept. 2014)
Cook with Tuscan women who have been perfecting their recipes for decades, learn to make gluten-free regional dishes and apprentice under one of the world's greatest butchers - all at these Tuscany cooking schools. . . . read more
Capraia, By Land and Sea (April 2014)
Legend says that when the goddess Venus emerged from the waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea, she dropped her necklace, and those gemstones became the seven islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, one of which is stunning Capraia. . . . read more
Where to Stay and Eat on the Tuscan Island of Capraia (April 2014)
Capraia is an island of just 400 souls but they know how to take care of visitors! Find out where to stay and where to eat (think seafood) when you visit this Tuscan island! . . . read more
Scenes from Italian Life: Colds, Drafts and Germs (February 2014)
Ten years ago, Sam Hilt and his wife Pam Mercer did what so many of us dream of…moved to Tuscany to raise their young children in a simpler culture and started a successful tour business. Their transition hasn't been without hiccups nor plenty of story-producing experiences. . . . read more
New Hotels in Tuscany Italy (Nov. 2013)
Tuscany already has many fabulous places to stay but these new properties will give you new reasons to escape to Tuscany. . . . read more
Recommended Italian Language Schools in Italy (June/July 2013)
A round-up of great Italian language schools throughout Italy in Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Umbria. Spend your vacation learning the Italian language. Prego! . . . read more
Great Local Tour Guides in Florence and Tuscany (February 2013)
Ah bella Florence and Tuscany. If you're ready to go in-depth at Florence's museums or Tuscany's vineyards, we have just the expert guides for you. . . . read more
What I Learned When I Moved to Tuscany (November 2012)
As we all know, Italy is a place of magnificent dreams. It is also a place of puzzling and challenging realities. Jennifer Criswell, author of the new book At Least You're in Tuscany captures the dichotomy in a way few authors have. We asked her what she learned after moving to Montepulciano. . . . read more
Own a Piece of the Dream: Fractional Ownership in Italy (September 2012)
As many stand-alone second homeowners discover, in Italy and elsewhere, the realities of long-distance management and upkeep prove challenging, as does the fact that the place can sit empty for much of the year. Enter fractional ownership...we detail three fractional ownerships in Tuscany, Umbri and Le Marche . . . read more
Day Trip from Florence: An Afternoon of Chianti Wine Tasting (August 2012)
On a recent visit to Florence, my mother and I faced a challenge many travelers encounter. We wanted to visit the Chianti area of Tuscany but only had a day. This part of Tuscany isn't easy to explore via public transportation especially if you want to visit some of the world-famous vineyards. Yet, we didn't want the hassle of renting a car for day.  . . . read more
Catching Up With Frances Mayes, Author of Under The Tuscan Sun (May 2012)
So what has author Frances Mayes been up to see when last talked to her? Is she still spending time at Bramasole, the villa she made famous in Under The Tuscan Sun? We talk to her about cooking, olive oil and her beloved Tuscany. . . . read more
For Adventure in Tuscany, Maremma Has It All (May 2012)
Just as the entire region of Tuscany likes to boast that it has everything -- sea, mountain, valleys and towns -- the vast extension of the area called Maremma has it all in a microcosm. The long summer -- from May through October -- is the best time to visit. . . . read more
Where to Eat and Where to Stay in Maremma (May 2012)
Looking for rental on the beach in Maremma? How about a dinner of fresh fish caught off the Tuscan coast? We've got the scoop on where to go and what to eat in the enchanting city of Maremma. Read on for details on how you can enjoy these hot spots. . . . read more
Borgo di Castelvecchio in Siena and Wine Tasting In Montalcino (April 2012)
This stunning borgo in Tuscany's Val d'Orcia makes a perfect base for exploring the vineyards in and around Montalcino as well as tasting their incredible wines. Read on to find out how you can enjoy a glass of wine from this stunning region. . . . read more
A Magical Maremma Hideaway in Tuscany (Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012)
The renovated castle in one of Tuscany's wild and uncrowded Maremma region offers an upscale escape complete with Tuscan cooking lessons led by the proprietor who is also a cookbook author. . . . read more
Rediscovering Paradise in Castiglioncello on The Coast of Tuscany
Our writer recalls several visits to the cliff-hugging Castiglioncello, complete with rocky coves, sandy beaches, a noteworthy fish festival and the things one thinks a coastal paradise in Tuscany should offer. . . . read more
Visit Elba: All the Details on Where to Stay on Elba, What to Do on Elba and Where to Eat on Elba
Ready to visit the island of Elba, off the southern Tuscan coast? We've got a great Elba hotel recommendation, Elba restaurants you won't want to miss and all the details on the 10 best things to do on the island of Elba. . . . read more
10 Great Things to Do on The Island of Elba in Tuscany
Stunning beaches and glowing sunsets attract countless vacationing Italians to the island of Elba, located off the coast of southern Tuscany. Feel free to spend your vacation in exile (like Napoleon?!), enjoying il dolce far niente--but if you begin to yearn for a bit more exploration, here are ten terrific things for you to discover. . . . read more
Il Pellicano: The Love Resort in Tuscany
It was love at first sight.  As we turned down a steep narrow Tuscan road toward the sea, my gaze swept from majestic cliffs to terra cotta roofs to flower-strewn terraces to sun-dazzled water.  Il Pellicano took my breath away. . . . read more
Photographing La Dolce Vita: Photography in Italy with Brad Mikel
Master photographer Brad Mikel shares tips (and first-hand anecdotes) for taking better photos in Italy, especially for capturing the best light and incorporating Italians into your photos. . . . read more
Too Many Favorites!: Where to Stay in Cinque Terre and What to Photograph in Tuscany
Our master photographer shares some of his favorite secret places for travel and photography in the Cinque Terre and Tuscany. Read on for details on hot spots that provide a feast for the eyes. . . . read more
In Tuscany, Biodynamic Wines Help Preserve the Past
One "fabbrica" near Lucca dives into biodynamic wines. Like organic agriculture, biodynamic methods eschew chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. But biodynamic agriculture goes further, operating a farm, a vineyard as a self-contained living organism. . . . read more
Food and Wine Experiences in Tuscany's Province of Pisa
Tour an artisanal pasta producer, considered to make Italy's best pasta. Visit a small, woman-run vineyard outside San Miniato, specializing in vin santo and spumante. Meet a young butcher who marries his love of meat with the arts and community. . . . read more
Exploring the Province of Pisa: San Miniato, Volterra, Lajatico
This less travelled corner of Tuscany has much to offer besides the city of Pisa - there's art, history, truffles, vampires and Andrea Bocelli! Read on for details on where to go and what to eat on this side of town. . . . read more
An Insider's Guide to Pisa Italy: Where to Eat, What to See, Where to Shop
One of our favorite Pisans shares a priceless list of what to see and do in Pisa. She tells us about her favorite restaurants, pizzeria and best place for a cup of coffee. Looking to buy leather she has the place. Also visit one of Pisa's up and coming museums and see a mural by Keith Haring. . . . read more
Where to Stay in the Province of Pisa: Agriturismos, Hotel and Villa Rentals
Our selection of places to stay in the Pisa province of Tuscany includes an agriturismo that's great for families, a honeymooner's paradise in Pisa, a quirky inn, villa rentals in Andrea Bocelli's hometown and more. . . . read more
What's New In Tuscany: A Museum and A Wine School
Visiting Tuscany this summer? We've got all the info you need on a new museum in San Gimignano and a new wine school - with regularly scheduled, two-hour classes in English! Read on for details. . . . read more
Panzano in Chianti: A Butcher and His Town
Dario Cecchini helped put his hometown in Chianti on the map. Now he's expanded his butcher shop into several restaurants. Judy Witts Francini reports on Dario's sister's shop and new B+B and what else there is to see and do in Panzano. . . . read more
Lingering in Lovely Lucca Tuscany
One of the loveliest towns in all of Italy, Lucca enchants visitors with wide cafe-filled promenades, churches and palaces, fine shopping and much more. Read on for our expert travel tips. . . . read more
The Details for Lucca: Hotels, Apartment Rentals, Restaurants, Private Guides
Tuscany bound? We've got you covered. Read on for our expert insight on where to stay and where to eat in Lucca, Tuscany-- as well as the contact information for two fabulous women who can show you around. . . . read more
Where to Shop in Lucca
Lucca - This gem of a city in Tuscany, Italy offers fantastic shopping. Our writer has put together a cheat sheet on not-to-miss fashion and home furnishings stores that can be found throughout the city. . . . read more
Studying Italiano At A Language School in Lucca Tuscany
Have you ever dreamed of spending a few weeks or more in Italy learning the language? We sure have. Our writer went to language school in Lucca (Tuscany) and reports back-- don't miss the details. . . . read more
La Petraia: A Little Piece of Paradise in Tuscany
Are you a foodie? This organic farm in the heart of Chianti is just the thing for you. Cooking classes, gourmet meals, lovely rooms and farm tours are offered here. Read on for details from our seasoned travellers. . . . read more
How to Choose a Language School in Italy
Thinking about studying Italian in Italy for the first time? Don't miss our tips on what you should know and what you should look out for when you're selecting a language school to study Italian. . . . read more
Historic Locanda Toscanini in Tuscany
An American journalist and her Italian architect husband are behind the mind blowing transformation of an historic, run-down palazzo into an elegant country inn. Read on to get the scoop on how they did it. . . . read more
Women Winemakers in Italy: Women Reign Supreme at These Italian Wineries
Are you a wine lover? Read on to learn about the women who have been changing the face of Italian winemaking and how you can make a special excursion to these women-owned vineyards in Tuscany and Piedmont. . . . read more
One Italian Expert's Guide to Tuscany: Dianne Hales' Favorites in Tuscany
The author of La Bella Lingua has been visiting one hotel in Tuscany year after year. She shares this special resort with you as well as her favorite Tuscany dining experiences and which Tuscan towns to visit. . . . read more
The Dream Interview: Catching Up with the Diva of Tuscan Cooking
We catch up with our friend - the diva of Tuscan cooking, chef, cooking school owner, culinary tour guide and now cookbook author - Judy Witts Francini. She shares the secrets of Tuscan cooking and her favorites places to eat in Florence and Tuscany. . . . read more
Tuscan Recipe: Diva's "Ravioli Gnudi" (Naked Ravioli)
Divina Cucina's renowned chef Judy Witts Francini shares her authentic Italian recipe for an easy and delicious Tuscan dish the whole family can enjoy.- Ravioli Gnudi. . . . read more
Art Classes in Italy: Landscape Painting Workshop in Tuscany
Imagine yourself following in the tradition of Renaissance painters, on a Tuscan hillside, in front of an easel, spending every day for a whole week capturing the landscape with your paints and brush. . . . read more
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