Tuscan Tourism on the Rise

If it seems like more and more people are treking off to spend some time “under the Tuscan sun,” it’s not just your imagination. According to The Florentine, “Statistics from 2006 reveal that tourism in Tuscany is up 7.6 percent from the previous year and there is no sign of it declining. Second only to the region of Veneto, Tuscany’s …

Four Hot List Hotels in Italy

Conde Nast Traveller (British edition, thus the spelling) is out with their 2006 “Hot List” of where to stay worldwide. Four Italian hotels made the cut: Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista (Verona) – The hotel is likened to “a museum of modern furniture.” Hotel Caruso Ravello (Amalfi Coast) – It reopened last June after a major refurbishment by its new …

Tuscan Hideaway: Truffle Hunting at a B&B

In honor of or our March issue, a special report on Tuscan hideaways, we asked friends of Dream of Italy to tell us about their favorite spots in Tuscany. Seth Zurer of Select Italy recommends: The Ankhura is a spectacular family-run farmhouse bed and breakfast perched right in the middle of Senese countryside. Our three-night package lets guests bask in …

Tuscan Hideaway: Villa in Montalcino

Sheri Levitt and Naomi Finkelstein of The Villa People recommend: Our recommended Tuscan hideaway is “Casa “R” in Montalcino (the home of Brunello wine) The villa is breathtaking in that it is nestled totally within the center of a vineyard and boasts 360-degree views. Each room has its own special feature such as fireplace, Juliet balcony or terrace.Typically charming and …

Tuscan Hideaway: Castelletto Di Montebenichi

In honor of or our March issue, a special report on Tuscan hideaways, we asked friends of Dream of Italy to tell us about their favorite spots in Tuscany. This recommendation is from Rosanne Cofoid of La Dolce Via Travel: Castelletto Di Montebenichi is an enchanting little hotel (just 10 rooms), in the center of a medieval hamlet that was …

Tuscan Hideaway: L’Andana

In honor of our March issue, a special report on Tuscan hideaways, we asked friends of Dream of Italy to tell us about their favorite spots in Tuscany. This recommendation is from Anna Maria Sorrentino of Shop, Wine and Dine: Maremma’s uncompromising beauty , with its expanse of sweet rolling hills, stretches of dense pine woods, olive groves and vineyards …