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The virtually unknown Tuscan town of Lajatico has many unique perks: an odd name, prolific art from an eccentric designer, an immensely famous theater, and it's the birthplace of one of Italy's most beloved celebrities, Andrea Bocelli. The singer of Expo 2015's main theme and it's opening ceremony artist, Bocelli undoubtedly gives reason for this city's growing fame, yet its quirky charm and rich history in music will certainly keep your attention.
At my most recent Italian wine tasting, I immediately was confronted with a problem. I began my journey at the table for Livon, a small, family owned winery in Escape Artists' favorite white wine producing region, Friuli Venezia Giulia. After the first sip, I realized I had just destroyed my day of tasting. This wine expresses itself exquisitely, it offers a totally unique expression of the varietal and it tastes absolutely scrumptious.
Bacio, the Italian word for kiss (or baci which is kisses) famously lends its name to one of the most delicious and unique chocolates out there, made exclusively at the Perugina factory in Perugia, Umbria. But it was not always known by this name. Developed by co-founder Luisa Spagnoli in 1922, she originally called it a “Cazzotto” (a punch) as the shape of this delight reminded her of a fist that you make to hit somebody.
One of the finest and most historical buildings in architecture resides in the city of Mantua, yet the majority of the public has never heard of it. The Palazzo Te was built as a vacation villa for Marquis and later Duke of Mantua, Frederico Gonzaga II, the son of Francesco Gonzaga II and our favorite heroine Isabella D’Este.

Teatro del Silenzio

The virtually unknown Tuscan town of Lajatico has many unique perks: an odd name, prolific art from an eccentric designer, an immensely famous theater, and it's the birthplace of one of Italy's most beloved celebrities, Andrea Bocelli. The singer of Expo 2015's main theme and it's opening ceremony artist, Bocelli undoubtedly gives reason for this city's growing fame, yet its quirky charm and rich history in music will certainly keep your attention.

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Jet Lag. We all get it, we all dislike it, and we all have our personal recipes of remedies and preventative measures to kill it until it dies. Now that I have triumphantly returned to the States, I present to you my top three ways to defeat it. Let it be noted that I am not a trained healthcare professional and these are simply awesome guidelines from me to you.

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Elizabeth Condelli

Elizabeth Condelli, Italian Travel Expert has 20 years of experience learning, practicing, and teaching
Italian cooking, culture, and traditions, I found that sharing my knowledge and adventures with other Italophiles to be most rewarding.

I have the privilege of being invited to Italy several times a year, in order to enhance my knowledge on the treasures that Italy possesses and to share them with Global Tourists. It is due to this type of international education that I have discovered the importance of travel.
In addition, I consult with Italian tour operators, hotels, and consortiums to provide them valuable
information on the needs and desires of the American traveler.

As a supporter of the ‘slow food’ and ‘slow tourism,’ movement,  I believe in promoting eco-sustainable and responsible tourism, in order to bring awareness to unspoiled local destinations.