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Borghi Più Belli

In 2001, Italy had a dream.  Tired of hearing the same old Rome, Florence, Venice stories from excited, wide eyed travelers, the Italian Tourism Board and National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI) decided to spice things up a bit and broaden the average visitor’s horizons.  Bo Details



I love olive oil and traveling to Italy as often as I do has allowed me to taste some of the best olive oil in the world, right at the time of production.  One day the olives are on the tree and within 24 hours,  it’s been transformed into a culinary delight!


Terme of the Gods

Once upon a time, the mighty Hercules set off to defeat Geryon when he happened upon a hot spring with waters that so soothed his aching muscles, he no longer wanted to return home. Hercules soon purged the evil Geryon and built a temple in honor of the springs that had given him such lasting re Details


The Magic of Villa Cordevigo

Once upon a time in Renaissance Italy, the wealthy and noble Pignolati family bought a piece of uninhabited farmland, on which they built an impressive village. Today, we call this village Verona. Now, through a path of monumental cypress and nestled among vineyards and olive groves, the magic Details



Artichokes are the immature flowers of the artichoke plant which is a thistle and part of the sunflower family.  If you haven’t had artichokes in Rome, you don’t know what you are missing.


La Verna ~ Where St. Francis Received the Stigmata

La Verna is one of the best known Franciscan shrines, located atop glorious mountains of the same name.  Amid a thick forest of beech and pine trees in the northern part of the Casentino district of Arezzo in Tuscany, there lies a truly holy and mystical place. The place was given to St. Francis Details


Cornaro Chapel ~ Ecstasy of St Teresa

Art Every Woman Must See Cornaro Chapel and The Ecstasy of St Teresa are located in the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome.  This chapel was commissioned in 1647 by Cardinal Federigo Cornaro as a funerary chapel for his illustrious Venetian family and Bernini completed the Cornaro Chap Details


Valentine’s Day ~ A Lovers Escape to Rome

Valentine’s Day …a lovers escape to Rome; it all began in Rome in the year 269 AD, when the Emperor, Claudius II, an unpopular and cruel man, wanted a large army.  Claudius expected men to join his army voluntarily, but the men did not want to fight in the war nor leave their wives a Details

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