May 2012 – Coppola’s Basilicata Hotel, Frances Mayes, Adventure in Maremma

cover-may-2012Francis Ford Coppola’s Love Letter to Basilicata
The film director returns to his roots with a stunning, moving nine-suite hotel in his ancestral hometown in the in-step of Italy. Coppola and his team have spared no expense and though of every detail. The amenities include private cooking lessons and a chance to watch any of 300 on-demand movies, handpicked by Coppola, in the salon.

Catching Up With Frances Mayes
So what has the author of Under The Tuscan Sun been up to lately? We talk to her about cooking, her Tuscan olive oil and how much time she spends at Bramasole, the villa that made her famous.

For Adventure in Tuscany, Maremma Has It All
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. Plus where to stay (resorts, rentals and an agriturismo) and where to eat (think fresh fish)

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