June/July 2016 – Donna Leon in Venice, Roman Palazzi, Tuscany Vineyard

Exploring Donna Leon’s Venice
Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti novels need little introduction. These mysteries set in Venice have captivated readers since the first, Death at La Fenice, was released in 1992. Leon spends half the year in Venice and talks to us about her favorite city. 

Touring Brunetti’s Venice
Are you a fan of Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti? Her friend Toni Sepeda gives unique and captivating tours of Venice exploring some of Brunetti’s favorite places from Leon’s books. We give details on the organized tours and share a few places you can go to on your own.

Rambling Through Roman Palazzi
One way to truly delve into Roman culture is to see where Rome’s most powerful families once lived – and in some cases, still live. It takes just a little more planning than the usual tourist sites —but it’s well worth the effort and you just might meet a Texas-born Italian princess who owns one of the palazzi.

Casato Prime Donne: A Full Sensory Experience
This woman-run Montalcino di Brunello producer incorporates art and music into a full sensory vineyard visit and wine tasting.

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