Dream Day in Italy: La Foce in Tuscany (April/May 2022)

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2022 issue of Dream of Italy. Every corner in Italy seems more beautiful than the next but when it comes to gardens, my heart is always pulled back to La Foce in Tuscany’s breathtaking Val d’Orcia. La Foce is a classic Tuscan estate: cypress trees, goldenrod buildings and—the pièce de résistance—an artfully designed …

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Castles in the Airbnb: Finding Italy Rentals Online

Finding Italy rentals online can give you a very local Italian experience and save you a lot of money on your next Italy trip. Here are the pros and cons (and specific recommendations) for using Airbnb, VRBO and Craigslist.

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Adventure at a Villa in Le Marche

Our rental is a palace in the center of the Le Marche town of Mercatello, in the heart of Italy's tartufo (truffle) region where magnificent black--and highly desired tartufi bianchi (white truffles)--are gathered from October 1 through the year's end hunting season.

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Day Trip from Florence: An Afternoon of Chianti Wine Tasting

On a recent visit to Florence, my mother and I faced a challenge many travelers encounter. We wanted to visit the Chianti area of Tuscany but only had a day. This part of Tuscany isn't easy to explore via public transportation especially if you want to visit some of the world-famous vineyards. Yet, we didn't want the hassle of renting a car for day. 

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Where to Stay in Puglia: Six Masserie Offer Charm and Comfort

The demand for places to stay in Puglia has been met by innovative locals transforming many of the Puglia's centuries-old fortified farmhouses, called masserie, into modern oases. Here are six that combine local architecture, autenthic touches and luxury amenities.

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Where to Stay in Puglia: Rustic Charm, Peacocks, Cooking Lessons and Pizzica at This Masseria

Visiting this Puglia masseria truly feels a soulful journey back in time. It is the landscape (ducks and chickens in a coop; an ancient olive mill wheel in the center of the courtyard) and the people here (the warm and welcoming Mamma Giulia who is a fixture in the kitchen) that make it special.

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Where to Stay in Puglia: Romantic Guest House on a Golf Course

Adjacent to the archeological site of Egnazia as well as one of the best golf coursse in Puglia, this masseria offers a romantic atmosphere.

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Where to Stay in Puglia: Luxury and Golf in Seaside Savelletri

The charming seaside village of Savelletri di Fasano in Puglia is home to some luxurious hotels - this one is one of the best and a dream for golfers.

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Where to Stay in Puglia: Il Frantoio

Il Frantoio offers lovely accommodations, welcoming hosts and the chance to try five different DOP-grade extra virgin olive oils from the farm's 600-year-old underground olive oil press. Cooking lessons too!

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Where to Stay in Puglia: Elegant Retreat and Rental in Ostuni

A long tree-lined stone drive leads to the stunning main house whose white washed walls white exterior contrasts with lush green lawns and bright flowers in shades of pink, purple and red. The 65-acre property boasts hundreds of ancient olive trees, private gardens tucked in hidden places and a salt water swimming pool.

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