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Dream Theater – The Count of Tuscany (Part 1)

The sixth, final, and longest song off of Black Clouds and Silver Linings. A true masterpiece.
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Italian Hours (Dodo Publishing) Reviews

Italian Hours (Dodo Publishing)

1909 work by the prolific American-born author and literary critic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He spent much of his life in Europe and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for novels, novellas and short stories based on themes of consciousness and morality.

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Global Treasures San Gimignano Tuscany, Italy

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Eurovision Song Contest Entrants of 1969: Lulu, Iva Zanicchi, Siw Malmkvist, Kirsti Sparboe, Paola Del Medico, Simone de Oliveira, Lenny Kuhr

Eurovision Song Contest Entrants of 1969: Lulu, Iva Zanicchi, Siw Malmkvist, Kirsti Sparboe, Paola Del Medico, Simone de Oliveira, Lenny Kuhr

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Italy Tour Transfers | Italy Private transfer with Guided Italy Tour

Nancy Aiello Tours introduces its new private Italy transfer tours to maximize Italian visitors and tourists time in Italy and get the best out of any private door to door transfer in Italy. Nancy Aiello Tours is proud to offer top quality custom Italy tour transfers with English speaking drivers across Italy designed for families touring Italy with children, senior travelers and Italy cruise passengers, independent Italy travelers. When in Rome, Florence or Venice explore Italy’s countryside and off the beaten path villages by transforming a transfer into a top quality Italy day tour! We customize your transfers in Italy with stops along the way to enjoy a memorable Italy tour for you and your family or group of friends.
Nancy Aiello Tours of Italy provides an exclusive way of touring Italy to include sightseeing stops on the way based any schedule as well as personal preferences. Based on an extensive knowledge and experience these custom transfer tours across Italy offer the opportunity to enjoy the best Italy lifestyle has to offer in the comfort of new Mercedes Benz limos and vans.
Italy visitors traveling to/from Tuscany to Milan, Venice, Rome, Naples, Lake Como, Sicily and other main Italian cities, towns and villages have now a memorable and cost effective alternative to basic Italy transfers.

Nancy Aiello Private Sightseeing Transfers in Italy include:

Civitavecchia Rome port to/from Rome airports via guided tour of Rome

Rome to/from Florence via Siena and San Gimignano

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Rome to/from Florence via Orvieto

Rome to/from Florence via Montepulciano or Montalcino

Rome to/from Florence via Prada outlet and/or The Mall for luxury Italy shopping

Rome to/from Florence with Wine Tasting or Winery Visit in Montepulciano or Montalcino

Rome to/from Naples via Pompeii

Rome to/from Sorrento via Amalfi

Florence to/from Naples/Amalfi Coast via Orvieto or Pompeii

Venice to/from Florence via Bologna

Venice to/from Florence via Padua

Venice to/from Florence via Verona

Venice to/from Florence via Ferrara

Garda Lake to/from Florence via Modena (Ferrari Museum)

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These private sightseeing Italy tours are always personalized to accommodate the needs and pace of independent travelers, disabled cruise passengers, families cruising Italy with children, Italy food lovers and senior travelers on a pre Italy cruise or post cruise Italy vacation.

Since 1997 Nancy Aiello Tours specializes in personalized Italy travel services and private guided tours of Italy designed for the independent travelers visiting Italy. Based in Rome Nancy Aiello Tours offers a wide range of top quality Italy travel services for the demanding guest who wants to enjoy Italy art and history, Italian food and made in Italy shopping in comfort and style. We are glad to offer our guests private Italy transfers by fully insured a/c Mercedes Benz limo and minivans, Italy VIP concierge services, Italy accommodation tips, Italy tour planning services, private guided skip the line tours to explore Italy museums and exhibitions. Contact Nancy Aiello Tours for your memorable Italy vacation.


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On my May 2008 trip to Italy – here’s my 3km trip down a gravel road to the hill town of San Gimignano. It’s known as the Manhattan of Italy because of it’s towers – 15 of the original 72 remain.
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Exclusive Winery Estate with Holiday Villas in Tuscany – Perfect for Weddings in Tuscany

Enjoy the authentic Tuscan atmosphere for your Wedding and Holiday in Tuscany at the Former Monastery and estate of BADIA DI MORRONA.

Your Italian Wedding among Vineyards and Olive groves where the Chianti region begins and just 15 minutes from Pisa airport !

Badia di Morrona a is located 25 km south of Pisa. It is an ancient Monastery  with typical bell tower and annexed church (Church of St. Mary) , dating back to the late 11th century, with a lovely courtyard that belonged both to the Benedictine and the Camaldolese monks order. The former Monatery’s estate has a surface of 650 hectares, out of which 100 of vineyards and 40 of olive groves. The various villas, cottages and country houses have been carefully restored and turned into excellent and comfortable apartments and rooms spread all over the property. Badia di Morrona hosts weddings receptions in the former monastery (courtyard, gardens or inside their magnificent halls and ancient wine cellars called “barricaia” )  or at the country Villa “La Selvicciola” surrounded by vineyards (indoor or outdoor wedding receptions under marquees).

The estate represents the perfect marriage between tradition and modern technology in the production of its wines and extra virgin olive oil. The current owners have recently completed building a new winery. Not only Chianti DOCG vines are grown but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, Grappa and Vin Santo (a local sweet wine). Smaller bottles of wine and extra virgin olive oil are offered also to make unique wedding favors. You can purchase wine in the modern cellar and your bottles can be shipped anywherefrom their premises.

All Tuscany’s major towns, such as Pisa, Florence, Lucca, Siena, Certaldo, Lari, Vinci,  San Gimignano and Volterra, as well as Pisa and Florence airports, are very easy to reach by car. Besides, you can enjoy the benefits of the Spa treatments of the famous resort in Casciana Terme, just 10 kms from the property and the golf courses of Castelfalfi and Tirrenia.

Wedding Ceremonies at Badia di Morrona:

Catholic Weddings take place  in the Church of the Monastery (legally binding or if you are already leagally married, you may have a Catholic Blessing Ceremony in the church). The Church has been built in 980 is decorated with precious frescoes and has been finely restored. It can host up to 120 people seated and 80 standing.Protestant, Jewish and Symbolic Weddings on the former monastery’s grounds. Civil ceremonies in the beautiful Wedding Halls of the nearby towns of Volterra and Lari (civil wedding ceremonies take place in a beautiful Castle in the medieval town of Lari) which are  just 15 minutes from Badia di Morrona.

Wedding receptions at Badia di Morrona:

1) FORMER MONASTERY

Can host up to 150 people indoors in the wonderful and spacious hall on the ground floor  of the monastery or outdoors, (courtyard or gardens or by the monatstery’s  swimming pool). The former Monastery is catered by the best catering companies in Tuscany.

2) VILLA LA SELVICCIOLA

Can host up to 120 people indoors in the beautiful and spacious hall on the ground floor  of the Villa with lovely views over the gardens and vineyards or outdoors (gardens of the Villa  or by the Villa’s swimming pool). Wedding receptions at Villa Selvicciola are prepared by expert Chefs and waiters in the Villa’s fully equipped kitchen.

Best months for weddings at Badia di Morrona during the year are : May, June, July, August, September and October

Services available for Weddings at Badia di Morrona :

Civil and Religious paperwork
Catering or in house express cooking for wedding receptions
Classic music : Duos, Trios or Quartets
Tenors and Sopranos
DJs and Live Music Bands
Photographer and Videographer
Florist
Hair and Make-Up Artist
Airport Transfers
Guest Activities

Accommodation arrangements at Badia di Morrona:

Villa SANT ANGIOLA – SLEEPS 12 – 14 people

Angiola is a two-storey independent Villa located near  to the abbey. It is a light place fully furnished with historical fittings and antique furniture. Sant’Angiola is a two-storey landhouse located very near to an early-medieval abbey. The roomy and light interiors are fully furnished with historical fittings. Its large living room with fireplace is the ideal setting for your couch chatting and the rural style kitchen is equipped with any appliance or tool you may need! Outside the guests can enjoy a large garden with stone oven and a private swimming pool with outdoor equipment. The villa has got three double bedrooms, three twin bedrooms, each with private bathroom, and two further restrooms. The whole villa can easily host 12 up to 14 guests. Villa Sant’Angiola is ideal for a large family or a group of people that can have maximum relax in the exclusive swimming pool and enjoy cooking in the original traditional pizza and bread wood fire oven and barbecue outside in the garden

Villa VIVAYA – Independent House – 4+2 people
Vivaja is a two-storey independent house located in front of Villa La Selvicciola, on a gentle hill right in front of the historical hamlet of Morrona. On the ground floor a large living room with fireplace is together with a fully equipped kitchen in a large and light open space. On the first floor you will find a romantic double bedroom with tester bed asnd ensuite bathroom, a twin bedroom and a large bathroom. Outside you will enjoy the large private laurel-fenced garden with outdoor furniture. The villa is suitable for 4 to 6 people.

Villa LA SELVICCIOLA – 7 Double Bedrooms – B&B

7 double bedrooms with ensuite bathroom – on request they can be turned into twin bedrooms – are available for overnight, more day or weekly stays always with breakfast included.It is located in front of Vivaya. On the ground floor a large fully equipped hall is the perfect place for big events such as wedding ceremonies and receptions or in their gardens under their marquees. The large hall is light thanks to big windows and a typical Tuscan fireplaces gives it a special rural character. On the first floor, 7 double bedrooms with ensuite bathroom – on request they can be turned into twin bedrooms Rooms are available for overnight, more day or weekly stays, on a B& B basis and meal upon request.. All rooms are equipped with satellite TV and air conditioning. Outside is a panoramic swimming pool with outdoor equipment and furniture.

Villa LA FORNACE – 2 apartments – sleeps 4 or 6 people

Fornace is a two-storey Villa with swimming pool surrounded by oaks and pine trees, at the beginning of a long line of cypresses leading to the ancient Monastery, at the side the private swimming pool.On the ground floor is a large hall with a huge fireplace. And on the second florr there are two apartments :

1) Vigna Alta apartment is suitable for 6 people. It has a living room with kitchen, one double bedroom and one twin bedroom, both with ensuite bathroom, a second twin bedroom and a large bathroom.
2) Taneto apartment is for 4 people and is made of a living room with kitchen, one double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, a twin bedroom and a large bathroom.
The apartments can be booked weekly, from Saturday to Saturday. For groups of 12 people the Villa Fornace can also be rented on the whole adding another extra double bedroom and the communal rooms on the ground floor. In this case the villa has got 6 double bedrooms each with private bathroom and a roomy living room with a large dining table and fireplace.

VILLA LA SUGHERA is a complex of 5 large and comfortable apartments, obtained by the renovation of 3 old farmhouses that once belonged to the farmers of the old Monastery. The swimming pool and the playground area have a fantastic view of the ancient  Monastery and its own typical tower bell. The apartments are

N’ANTIA Apartment :     Sleeps 8
SODI Apartment :          Sleeps 6
SUVERA  Apartment :   Sleeps 6
GIULEBBE Apartment: Sleeps 4
FELICIAIA Apartment :  Sleeps 4

APPARTMENT IN VILLA RISERVA NEAR VILLA SELVICCIOLA  : Sleeps 6 people with 3 bathrooms

Included Services:
Internet Wi-Fi, Cradles, Dish Washer, Highchair, Kitchen use, Fridge use, Barbecue, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Garden, Fireplace, Firewood Oven, Farm Produce Retail, Ironing Facilities, outdoor furniture. Pets are welcome

Extra Services:
Children Bed, Extra Cleaning, Meals can be pre-booked and cooked at Villa “La Selvicciola” for all guests upon request,Wine, olive oil and local Tuscan food Tastings can be organized at their cellars or at one of the Villas upon request, Pizza Chef and Barbeque Chef  available upon request, Pizza and Tuscan Cooking Courses upon request

Daniela was born in Sydney, Australia, from Italian parents and has always had a passion for international travel.Visit Daniela’s website: www.ItalyItalianWeddings.com or contact her at info@italyitalianweddings.com

Now living in Rome, Daniela spends her summers on historic Lake Bracciano , about 30 km Northwest of the Italian capital and in the Castelli Romani District. After several years in Italy and Australia working in the sales departments of Italian and Australian companies operating in the travel industry, during her last years in Australia Daniela also helped several friends get married in Italy, many of them in their ancestors towns in various parts of the Italy.
Daniela decided to return to Italy seven years ago and use her experience and knowledge to help couples around the world realize their dream of a destination wedding in Italy.
She enjoys her unique career as an Italian Wedding Planning Team manager ; the happiness and thankfulness of the many newlyweds she has worked for are very rewarding and fill her days with excitement and personal satisfaction.

Problem solving, organisation skills and innovation are what she thrives in. She never forgets details and only suggests what is best to her planners and couples..

Daniela loves planning and organising weddings throughout all Italy. Her favourite wedding locations are without doubt the Castelli Romani District near Rome, all Latium region, Tuscany, Umbria, Amalfi Coast and Sicily. Daniela makes friends with all her couples, helping them on their very special wedding day and personally taking care of all details


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BEAUTIFUL HILLTOP 2 Story Farmhouse APARTMENT by owner LA COLLINA is situated in the heart of Tuscany (hills, between Volterra, famous Etruscan and medieval city and San Gimignano, famous all over the world for its characteristic towers. You can easily visit Florence, Siena and Pisa, Chianti…
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Italy – Experience The Flavour Of Europe

If a holiday for you means more than just visiting a place where you can sit back and relax, it means coming out of your routine life and exploring new places and forgetting yourself in the rich culture, beauty, history and art of the destination, then you are an avid vacationer at heart. Though there are many places around the world that offer a great blend of a gorgeous settings, rich and tasteful culture, glorious history with interesting art and architecture and modern facilities, Italy is one of the places that have made people absolutely awestruck. Anyone who has visited Italy wishes to return again to explore the country which has so much to offer.

It is not without any reason that Italy is the fifth country to receive the highest number of visitors every year. While ravishing coastline and beaches, mountains and treasured monuments, make it a beautiful location, the art, history, fashion and cuisine give it the charm it possesses that entices people to visit Italy. Rome and Milan are two of the most visited cities in the country. A number of churches and museums adorn the city of Rome which is the capital of Rome. Some of the most visited sights are the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese, Piazza Navona, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Roman Forum, Castle Sant’Angelo among several other sights.

Milan is another popular city, that is known for its fashion and is called The Fashion Capital of the country. There are many other great cities and many locations in the country.

While Bologna is known for its rich history, culture, and technology, Florence, which has important ties with the Renaissance, has rich architecture and art. Michelangelo’s famous statue of David is also in Florence and it is home to a number of great museums. Naples, located near the famous volcano Vesuvius is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Located near to the city are the ruins of ancient Roman towns of Pompeii and Ercolano. it was one of the most important medieval maritime republic. Genoa is another important city that is very rich and diverse. Pisa is a significant city that has gained worldwide recognition for its Leaning Tower of Pisa, which remains an architectural wonder till today. Venice is a beautiful and romantic city, that is famous for its history, art and world famous canals. Turin, which was the first capital of Italy is an important industrial city where the company FIAT is based giving it an important industrial base.

The Roman Empire, middle ages and renaissance have left deep cultural impacts on many of these cities in their art and architecture. In fact, UNESCO has declared forty four of the sites in Italy as World Heritage Sites, which is more than the number of sites in any other country. It includes many entire cities like Sienna, Verona, Vicenza, San Gimignano, Ferrara and Urbino. The cuisine and fashion of Italy, are popular worldwide. With so much to see, experience and explore, there will not be a moment that you would regret your decision to choose to travel Italy for your holiday. You are going to fall in love with this beautiful, rich country.

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I Successi Di

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Compilation featuring 14 tracks including Come Ti Vorrei, Ciao Cara Come Stai, Un Uomo Senza Tempo, La Riva Bianca La Riva Nera, Accarezzame, and much more.

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