May 2009- Learning the Italian Language, Food in Tuscany

cover-may2009Secrets of the Italian Language
Dianne Hales, author of the new book La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with the World’s Most Enchanting Language says, “Italian, handcrafted by poets and wordsmiths, embodies its native speakers’ greatest genius: the ability to transform anything–from marble to melody, from the humble noodle to life itself–into a joyous art.” Learn everything from the history of the language, to why there are so many past tenses and to what the language of Italian food says about the culture.

Author Dianne Hales: My Favorites in Italy
The author taps her three decades of Italian travel experience to share her favorite places to stay, eat and play in Florence, Rome and Tuscany. She also recommends where to learn the Italian language in the U.S. and Italy.

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. Plus she shares her recipe for Naked Ravioli!

Get Your Own Perfume Created in Florence
This Tuscan master of perfume making will you your own custom scent during a consultation at his Florence shop.

Tour Venice in a New Way with Venice Kayak
“When we paddle around Venice, we’re away and separate from the crowd on land. They don’t matter to us, and we’re just another weird thing to photograph,” says René Seindal, co-founder of Venice Kayak.

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