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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


Italian Olive Oil Curiosities

The Medici family transformed the hillsides of Tuscany by ordering the cultivation of olive trees and grapevines.  Now, the Tuscan landscape is an ideal setting for popular commercials, movies, and vacations. Nearby, the hills in Umbria are dotted with endless olive tree orchards.  In the 19th Details


Only in the Woods is there Peace

During a magnificent pranzo on my first day at the hermitage, consisting of pappardelle with duck and white sauce, vegetable soup, and various local dolci, current owner of Eremo delle Grazie, Valeria Lalli told us of its truly amazing history of this secluded historical residence in Monteluco, Details


Boutique Hotel in Spoleto

Occasionally in your quest to become a seasoned world traveler, the gift of something wonderful and rare will be placed at your feet.  You might not realize it at the moment, perhaps due to jet lag, hunger, or overall orneriness.  You could also be jumping with joy at the thrill of the knowledg Details


Assisi ~ St Francis Basilica ~ UNESCO

Assisi and the Basilica of St. Francis, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, are by far one of the most traveled tourist attractions in Italy.  The medieval city of Assisi is built on the slopes of the Subasio Mountain, about 2 hours (by train) outside of Rome. As a traveler gets lost in the small Details


The Forgiveness of Assisi

One night in 1216, while Francis was immersed in prayer, a radiant light spread through the Porziuncola (‘little portion’) and he saw above the altar Christ and his Holy Mother, surrounded by a multitude of Angels. Jesus and Mary asked Francis what he wanted for the salvation of souls Details

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