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Experience A Walking Wine Tour Of Tuscany

The countryside of Tuscany is littered with wineries left, right and centre. There is simply no better way to experience this part of Italy than with a walking wine tour of Tuscany. It is all good and well to be driven around in an air-conditioned vehicle, being lectured about the wine lands you are passing. However, in that situation, you are so remote from the vineyard, the true Tuscany and the real experience.

A walking wine tour of Tuscany will put you in touch with the land, the vineyards, the sights, smells, sounds. If you are a health enthusiast, fitness conscious or simply want to make the most of your time in Italy, a walking wine tour of Tuscany is just the right thing for you. You can indulge in fine wine, enjoy the new tastes of Italian cuisine and participate in any local events without a drop of guilt. All your worries will melt away when you sample the delicious food and wine on a walking wine tour of Tuscany.

It Is All About Experience

Holidays and the making of life-long memories are all about the experiences you have during your lifetime. A walking wine tour of Tuscany is the perfect addition to your repertoire of memorable experiences. It is possibly the best wine tour you can take when visiting Italy and promises to see you return home with tons of special memories of the sights, sounds, smells and much more. You will walk up an appetite that can only be satisfied by the finest local cuisine on a walking wine tour of Tuscany. While you are walking up an appetite for fine food and drink, you will be able to satisfy your appetite for beautiful scenery, especially if you choose to walk the wine roads of San Gimignano and Montcalino.

These areas will see you on a 7-day walking wine tour of Tuscany that is a dream come true for any hiker, nature enthusiast or history buff. You will be taken through old farmhouses made of stone, age old abbeys that have stood the test of time and lanes lined with cypress trees whispering of the history they have seen. Can you think of anything better? Well, to add to that, you can see, experience and participate in the city culture of Tuscany and make full use of the opportunity to truly experience the beauty and variety of Italy.  Come on a walking wine tour of Tuscany; you will not regret a single moment of it.

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Rick Steves’ Florence & Tuscany 2011

Rick Steves’ Florence & Tuscany 2011

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling through Florence and Tuscany. With the self-guided tours in this book, you’ll discover the geographic heart of Italy. Take the Renaissance Walk and tour the Uffizi Gallery to learn how Florence taught civilized living to the rest of Europe. Wander through the medieval city of Siena and find out what Pisa has to offer beyond the Leaning Tower. Relax in sunny Tuscan hill towns where you’ll enjoy full-bodied wi

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Volterra – an Etruscan Treasure

In a country as steeped in history and culture as Italy, it would be impossible to overlook the importance of Volterra, one of the lesser known hilltop towns in Tuscany. Its rich Etruscan heritage and extensive collection of medieval and Renaissance art, sees this tiny Tuscan gem as a destination in its own right; and its close proximity to Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa makes it an ideal base from which to explore the rest of the region. Walking in Italy is practically a national pastime and the area around Volterra also offers some of the most beautiful hiking in the country.

A walled hilltop town, Volterra is set amidst the sunburnt rolling hills and deep valleys that typify this region of Tuscany. Surrounded by a landscape of vineyards, crop fields and forested tracts, it is a wonderful place to explore on foot. The area is criss-crossed with hiking trails and walking in Italy is the best way to get under the skin of this incredibly diverse country. There is nothing quite like a gentle hike through undulating fields splashed with poppies and sunflowers, to arrive at a vineyard for a welcome of the house vintage and a traditional Tuscan feast.

Volterra itself makes for a delightful sojourn. As was the practice of these medieval Italian hilltop towns, it is completely enclosed by a fortifying wall. If your accommodation is outside the walls you have a steep but short climb to enter the town through one of the “Porte”, but once within the cloistered walls its true charm is revealed. A stroll around the perimeter will afford you not only a great orientation, but you will also experience uninterrupted views across the surrounding countryside. And what views they are. Volterra can lay claim to some of the best vistas in Tuscany. For as far as the eye can see, the patchwork of rural land and ubiquitous Cypress groves stretches out before you like a painted canvas.

Known as a ‘citta d’arte’ for its wonderful collection of Renaissance artwork, Volterra is also renowned for its unique alabaster which is mined around the region. Soft and fragile to work with, it is carved into intricate art objects and sculptures. Volterra has been the centre of alabaster production for nearly 2,500 years and it has become a valuable and sought after medium. Although there are plenty of tourist shops selling alabaster, there are also many local artisans, that you can visit in their studios and workshops within the city walls. Walking in Italy around the hill top towns and villages of Tuscany is a charmingly authentic experience, and Volterra is no exception. It is a pleasure to wander the narrow cobbled streets and traffic is strictly regulated and kept to a minimum within the walls. Whilst Volterra has every facility, it has retained an historic village feel, with local businesses outnumbering tourist shops and the delightful Piazza dei Priori (the town square) serving as the hub of day-to-day activity.

You can sit quietly in the piazza sipping a coffee and watch the locals going about their business; or play your own part walking in Italy’s evening ritual of “la passeggiata” – the nightly parade as the Italians stroll through the streets, stopping for an ‘aperitivo’ in one of the town’s many bars or cafes. Take a walk at sunset around to the Roman Amphitheatre, one of Volterra’s most important historic sites; or marvel at the imposing exterior of the Fortress, the town’s original defence built right into the walls. If you get the taste for Italian history and you want to learn more about Volterra’s fascinating Etruscan and Roman roots, a visit to the Guarnacci Museum is a must. It is the jewel in this tiny town’s crown and one of the most comprehensive Etruscan museums in the country.

Tony Maniscalco is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Operating since 1946, they now offer over 250 guided group walking holidays in more than 90 different countries. On walking in Italy with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, you can walk the most scenic locations & landscapes at the best value prices.


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San Gimignano is an old town that still conserves its medioeval aspects. Here they produce one of the best white wines, Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Cin Cin! Pictures taken on April 16, 2007.
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Cable auction to benefit Rotary Club scholarships

Cable auction to benefit Rotary Club scholarships
MIDDLEBORO — The Middleboro Rotary Club’s annual cable TV auction will take place this weekend and feature a host of leisure activities in addition to a wide variety of gift items, clothing, small appliances and certificates for goods and services.
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Travel Tuscany Offers Fall Specials — a Wide Range of Accommodation in Tuscany and Florence at Unbeatable Rates



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Florence (PRWEB) September 19, 2005

Travel Tuscany, a division of Connextions Group, offers a hand-picked selection of all types of properties, from exclusive villas to charming farmhouses, in Tuscany and Florence for holiday rentals at special Fall rates. The modest prices put the top quality facilities and attractions of the featured properties within reach of every vacationer.

“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 organization. “Take the Villa Monte 2 for instance. It sleeps about twenty, and, during the low season, the cost works out to lower than even a bare minimum Bread and Breakfast in Tuscany.”

The rates vary from property to property – depending on location, facilities and size — and also from season to season – High, Medium and Low – but they are competitive in any event.

Choose from a long list of apartments, villas and farmhouses in Florence, Chianti, Lucca, Siena and most of Tuscany.

The properties are carefully selected and Travel Tuscany has direct contact with the owners. Unlike an automated site where clients complete an online booking form without being certain that they’ll be answered or that the booking has actually gone through, Travel Tuscany offers personalized service.

The listed sites lend themselves to various purposes. Be it a honeymoon, a very special birthday celebration, a week of peace away from the madding crowd, or a family holiday, there’s something to make everyone happy.

“The Tuscan region is such a magical place to visit, and your accommodations and service were nothing less. It is rare to find services like yours that are willing to go the extra mile to make your stay as memorable as possible”, say Angela Bailey and family of their holiday at the Villa Santa Maria.

“My children had great fun They occupied themselves by swimming in the oversized pool, playing with the Jack Russell puppies, jumping on the trampoline, running around the property and visiting the horses, hens and geese!” Says Debby Somerville-Cotton after an enjoyable time at the Villa Alexandra.

The Travel Tuscany team doesn’t limit itself to providing accommodation. It also helps with other aspects of a vacation – providing assistance with tours and museum booking, offering restaurant suggestions, organizing catering classes, and even arranging a wedding.

“We had such a fabulous wedding day. It was great to finally meet you – thanks for coming down to be part of the day at Villa Monte 3. It was such a marvelous, idyllic setting. You chose well with the church too!” enthuses Helen, a happy bride.

The group organizes excursions to various places in Florence, the Chianti region, Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Montalcino Pienza, Pisa, Luca, Arezzo, Cortona, Assisi and Cinque Terre. For shopaholics, there’s an exclusive shopping tour laid on. And for the adventurous, there’s an exciting hot air balloon trip.

Travel Tuscany’s specially selected, comprehensive list of accommodation in the scenic Tuscan region offers something to suit every vacationer. Organized excursions, cookery classes, adventure trips and personalized advice add value to the product. Special Fall rates ensure that, as regards price versus quality and level of accommodation, the terms can’t be matched. “We’ll definitely be back!” is a promise that satisfied clients make to themselves after a visit with Travel Tuscany.

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Commune de La Région Toscane: Florence, Pise, Isola Del Giglio, Lucques, Livourne, Viareggio, Sienne, Pistoia, Arezzo, Piombino, San Gimignano (French Edition)

Commune de La Région Toscane: Florence, Pise, Isola Del Giglio, Lucques, Livourne, Viareggio, Sienne, Pistoia, Arezzo, Piombino, San Gimignano (French Edition)

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Vacation Europe’s Grape Escape to Italy’s Festivale Stampa Di Toscana



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Pompano Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 8, 2006

BOCA RATON, FL — (PRWEB) March 8, 2006 — Parties, shopping and sightseeing revolve around a harvest festival — Festivale Stampa di Toscana — organized solely for the visitors, based in the ancient spa town of Montecatini in northwest Tuscany, between Lucca and Florence.

Decked out in traditional grape-treading regalia, visitors will stomp grapes under the tutelage of locals: photo ops galore and the kind of fun that most people would think could happen only in the movies. At a party in the private castle of a celebrated vineyard the night before the Stampa, amid music and dancing to a live band, participants learn the history of stamping and the age-old techniques that begin the wine-making for each year. Each visitor receives a gift of three personally labeled bottles of Chianti.

Parties — at the hotel in Montecatini, at traditional Tuscan restaurants, at three vineyards including the ancestral home of Nicholo Machiavelli — provide unlimited food and wine. At one luncheon party, a leading Tuscan chef shows how to prepare the traditional dishes being served. Winners of prizes for the Best Grape Stamper, Best Stampa Stomper, Most Original Style of Stamping and other wacky contests are presented in the estate house of a second leading vineyard at an evening dinner party.

Sightseeing includes excursions to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and to Lucca for its medieval mansions and palaces, orientation in Montecatini, and in the Chianti region to Siena and San Gimignano. One afternoon is given to shopping the factory outlets around Florence — the likes of Fendi, Prada, Gucci and Armani are represented — and a free day in Florence provides independent shopping and sightseeing.

Departures are scheduled September 18 and 25 and October 2 and 9 on British Airways, via London to Bologna or Pisa, from New York’s JFK airport & Newark with an optional 2 night extension to Rome; add-on fares are available from British Airways’ 18 other gateways. Cost per person, double occupancy, is $ 2989 at the four-star Grand Hotel Croce di Malta. The prices cover round-trip air transportation, accommodation, airport-hotel transfers, breakfast daily and 5 dinners including wine in the hotel and local restaurants and festival functions at three wineries, sightseeing and the services of local Vacation Europe staff and guides.

Reservations and additional information can be obtained from Country Cottages, Inc., d/b/a Vacation Europe, 2300 Corporate Blvd., N.W. #214, Boca Raton, FL 33431; telephone (800) 674-8883 or (561) 988-4000; fax (561) 988-0016; Website: http://www.vacationeurope.com.

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Cooking Tours of Tuscany Create Memories of a Lifetime

Cooking is a passion for many worldwide. Learning recipes from different regions of the world enables chefs to tour the globe without ever leaving the kitchen. Of all varieties, Italian cooking is perhaps the most enjoyed and studied. Amateur and advanced chefs alike both work hard to master the preparation of exotic Italian dishes. Even within Italy itself the culinary styles vary greatly, with Tuscany generally being renowned as the best. Tuscan cooking focuses on simple yet delicious dishes which combine simple, fresh ingredients with advanced cooking techniques. There is no better way to learn the art of Tuscan cooking than a cooking tour of Tuscany.

Visitors to Tuscany who opt for a quality guided tour will learn the culinary arts from experienced local chefs. Chefs, guides, and sommeliers will accompany guests to local markets to discover how to pick the perfect ingredients and match them to a proper wine. Tuscan cooking style requires lot of fresh vegetables, spices and wine, all readily available in Tuscany. Many of the recipes for Tuscan style cooking which guests learn have been passed through generations and these dishes are cooked in the same manner as they were cooked thousands of years ago.

On a cooking tour of Tuscany , guests learn to cook side by side with their host chefs. Chefs are happy to offer constant guidance and supervision, offering expert instruction in a fun atmosphere. Cooking classes are generally best taught in small groups so that everyone can get complete attention from the chef and learn to cook in the authentic Tuscan style.

Along with cooking, a tour to Tuscany would not be complete without a visit to Italian wine orchards and wine cellars in Tuscany. Visitors will enjoy a sampling of famous Italian wines. Once the cooking classes are over, there is quite a lot to explore in the quaint towns and villages of Tuscany, which are filled with beautiful villas, sprawling meadows and friendly people.

If you are planning to visit Tuscany and be a part of a cooking tour of Tuscany contacts TuscanyCookingCourses.com. Their expert planners will work with you to create the perfect trip. Whether you are looking for simply a villa rental or a complete tour package including a cooking tour of Tuscany, Italian Tuscany wine tastings, visits to historical locations and much more at very affordable prices contact them to today. Please browse through www.tuscanycookingcourses.com for more information.

Ian Darrah – Co-owner & President. Ian developed Tuscan Way’s Sales and Marketing programs and launched the office in Miami, Florida. He also is involved in business development and adding new Tuscan Way programs. Ian’s love for Tuscany began when he was still a student and an aspiring professional triathlete: studying in Italy and biking the hills of Tuscany. Ian has led triathlon training tours and organized yoga retreats in Tuscany.


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Joe Sambataro San Gimignano 11×9 Poster Print

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Thank you for your interest in our fine art prints. This museum quality print is a licensed reproduction of the artist’s original artwork and was printed on premium heavy stock poster paper. Each fine art print is brand new and ready for display or framing. We guarantee that you will not find a better quality print.

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