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Want to Live in Tuscany? New Non-Fiction Presents an American Couple’s Story of Relocation

Denver, CO (PRWEB) February 6, 2007

When Don and Silvia McPherson had the inspiration to create an idyllic “home away from home” in Tuscany, Italy, it seemed like the perfect decision. After all, they were well acquainted with European ways, having lived for a time in Paris and traveled to Italy for more than two decades to vacation and visit with Silvia’s family. Over the years the McPhersons had reveled in the extraordinary beauty of Italy; the scope of its history, art and architecture; the joyful people and, of course, the culinary delights. What they were unprepared for was the side of Tuscan living not experienced by tourists. “Ah! Tuscany: The Enlightenment of an Expatriate” is a cautionary tale with both joyful and frustrating experiences and a gratifying outcome. It presents a sobering yet humorous look at the positive and negative sides of relocating abroad.

“True, I had heard from our Italian relatives many discouraging stories, particularly involving bureaucratic tangles, reluctant government services, punitive taxation and difficult house renovations. But I hoped our plans for retired part-time living would distance us from these storm centers that the normal working citizen experiences in daily life, and further, that our past experiences with foreign living had prepared us for those problems that would arise. In retrospect it is clear that I never knew the “Ah! Tuscany” in a negative sense.”

As the McPhersons put down roots in Tuscan soil and renovated their “dream castle,” each new day brought eye-opening experiences as they learned to deal with endless permits, a confusing banking system, and the maddening ways of public utilities, car ownership and other everyday matters — all of which made life incredibly challenging. “There were times when we wondered if we had made a major lifetime mistake,” author Don McPherson writes. “But with time, we discovered new ways of going about the business of living, and eventually, the beautiful and the unseen sides begin to merge to form a whole that was fuller, more human and more interesting than the Tuscany we first knew as tourists.”

The author has an extensive background in Nuclear Engineering and, throughout his career, has published over 50 technical papers and presentations in his field. Today, from his home in San Gimignano in Tuscany, McPherson writes a monthly letter in Poche Parole, the newsletter of the Washington Italian Cultural Society. He has also contributed articles to Elan magazine. Silvia is a retired piano concert artist and piano teacher. Together, they enjoy a family of five girls, six grandchildren and one great granddaughter, living in Canada, the U.S. and Brazil.

Author Contact: gdm1932 @ verizon.net

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ISBN(s): 159800767X

Retail Price(s): U.S. $ 17.95, CAN $ 21.95

Size and Format(s): 5.5 x 8.5

Page count: 292

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TravelTuscany.net On Show at La Dolce Vita, London

Florence, Italy (PRWEB) March 15, 2006

Travel Tuscany, offering a wide range of holiday rental property in Tuscany and Florence, Italy, will be exhibiting its products at La Dolce Vita, the Italian Festival being held at London, UK, from March 16th to 19th, 2006.

Travel Tuscany, which has on its list a variety of properties to suit every budget and every need, from charming farmhouses to sumptuous villas, is a part of the Connextions Group, USA.

Exhibitors at La Dolce Vita, promoted as the ultimate Italian experience, offering the diverse layers of the country under one roof, fall into various sections, like food and wine, culture, fashion, automobiles, travel and real estate. The total number of participants is around 250, organizers say.

Specialist tour operators and travel companies will offer a variety of travel itineraries across Italy, while estate agents and related companies at the Property Village will help visitors find their ideal dwelling.

Travel Tuscany’s properties are handpicked, and it offers personalized service. The staff are willing to go that extra mile to keep clients happy, as many a satisfied customer will testify.

“Lots of people think that renting a villa or farmhouse in Italy will be out of their budget, but it isn’t, says Elizabeth Morris, President of the company. The rental properties on their long list are suitable for a variety of purposes, ranging from a honeymoon idyll to a hideaway from the madding crowd.

The Travel Tuscany team also helps with various aspects of a vacation, like providing assistance with tours and museum booking, offering restaurant suggestions, organizing catering classes and even arranging a wedding. Services include organized excursions, cookery classes and adventure trips.

Travel Tuscany is all set to make a mark at La Dolce Vita, being held at The Grand Hall, Olympia. The show, sponsored by such giants as Alfa Romeo, Bertolli, Ferrarelle and Peroni, had made a tremendous impact last year, and is eyeing even greater heights this year.

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San Gimignano rises on a hill (334m high) dominating the Elsa Valley with its towers. Once the seat of a small Etruscan village of the Hellenistic period (200-300 BC) it began its life as a town in the 10th century taking its name from the Holy Bishop of Modena, who is said to have saved the village from the barbarian hordes. The town increased in wealth and developed greatly during the Middle Ages thanks to the “Via Francigena” the trading and pilgrim’s route that crossed it. Such prosperity lead to the flourishing of works of art to adorn the churches and monasteries. During this scenic mountain bike ride a wine tasting, together with the visit to a winery can be included upon request.

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Europe 2007 Part 43 San Gimignano Part 2

The word ‘campanelismo’ in Italian refers to the competition between towns to build ever higher clock towers. In San Gimignano this procedure was taken to extremes as individual families sought to built towers as high as they could in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Once around 20 towers stood, today there are still 13 with the highest being 54 metres in height. San Gimignano was founded around 2300 years ago by the Etruscans. In the tenth century CE it took the name of its bishop Saint Geminianus who had allegedly successful defended the town from Attila the Hun some 500 years earlier. However the town rose to fame as a stopping point on the medieval tourist route leading to Rome called the via Francigena. This was further added by trade largely in agricultural products.It achieved independence from the Bishops of Volterra in 1199 although disputes betweent Guelphs and Ghibellines disturbed the peace. Its most famous visit occured on 8 May 1300 when Dante Alighieri called as the ambassador of the Guelph League in Tuscany.The black plague finished the town’s prosperity when it killed a large amount of people in 1348. (One third of the population of Europe were killed by the disease.) Five years later it was annexed by Florence. This is a wonderful place to visit and it is a pity that my visit occured so late in the day. My channel on you tube : www.youtube.com is one of themost prolific from Poland, although unfortunately not the most visited. I have produced a

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The Game of Courting and the Art of the Commune of San Gimignano, 1290-1320

The Game of Courting and the Art of the Commune of San Gimignano, 1290-1320

The erotic frescoes adorning a chamber in San Gimignano’s communal bell tower are among the most fascinating surviving examples of secular art from the late Middle Ages. Despite their fame, neither these frescoes–which include scenes of two lovers in a bathtub and Aristotle ridden by his seductress–nor those of the commune council hall have been well understood as products of the communal culture they represent. Here Jean Campbell explores the sources and significance of the images on these wa

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With its capital city of Florence and a host of gorgeous medieval cities set in rolling hills, Tuscany is considered by many to be the cultural heart of Italy. In classic Blue Guide style, this new edition covers Florence and other major cities—among them Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Cortona, and Arezzo. Ideal for the Florence-based visitor making day trips to the surroundings or a tour of the whole of Tuscany. Full color with maps, photographs, architectural details, and floor plans

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