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Dream Theater – The Count of Tuscany (Part 2) @ Minneapolis 8/21/09

Dream Theater performing “The Count of Tuscany” live at Minneapolis, MN on August 21st, 2009.
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Owners of Antique Furniture and Italian Furniture Shop Open Up Their Tuscan Farmhouse for Dream Vacation

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Owners of Antique Furniture and Italian Furniture Shop Open Up Their Tuscan Farmhouse for Dream Vacation

Fatto A Mano

(Vocus/PRWEB) January 15, 2011

Heather Dempsey and Massimo Mallamace, owners of San Francisco home furnishings shop Fatto a Mano, are inviting visitors to enjoy Podere Erica, a 16-acre property in the heart of Chianti just 30 minutes from Florence, yet tucked away in the tranquil Tuscan countryside. Guests can walk to the charming village of San Donato in Poggio, explore local wineries, or just “stay home” and enjoy the pool, the wood-burning pizza oven, the beautiful woods, cooking classes or lessons on wine tasting. Visitors to Podere Erica truly get to know the real Italy.

The villa is ideally located for exploring the quaint villages in Chianti as well as larger Tuscan towns such as Greve, Castellina, Siena, Panzano, San Gimignano and Volterra. Podere Erica is named for the owners’ daughter, Heather Dempsey – “podere” meaning small farm and “erica” meaning “heather,” the broom plant that grows on the property. Heather’s mom Jan Dempsey, who spent years searching all over Tuscany before finding Podere Erica, says to prospective guests, “Imagine yourself settling into a different rhythm under the wisteria-covered pergola overlooking the Chianti hills. You will never forget your week at Podere Erica and you will want to come back!” And, in fact, many guests return year after year.

While the stone farmhouse is over 500 years old, it has been recently remodeled. Heather Dempsey and Massimo Mallamace completed a renovation of the entire house in 2008. Massimo’s handiwork can be seen throughout the house – from the gorgeous stone tile in the bathrooms to a rustic kitchen hood, salvaged from the previous ancient fireplace. Throughout the remodel, every effort was made to retain the authentic rustic Tuscan charm of the house.

The house has 5 bedrooms and 5 full bathrooms, all beautifully appointed. Every room has air conditioning (an uncommon, yet welcome feature on those hot summer days in Tuscany). Other amenities include outdoor dining, pool, wood-burning oven, gas barbecue, hiking trails, wireless Internet, and light maid service. Because of its popularity, guests are encouraged to book well in advance to ensure availability.

More photos and a complete description of the property are online at For more information about Fatto a Mano, call (415) 830-3040, visit their website at, or come in to their store located at 1800 Union Street at the corner of Octavia in San Francisco. They are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30am to 7:00pm.

About Fatto a Mano

Fatto a Mano celebrates Italian style and lifestyle by offering handmade (fatto a mano) home furnishings and stylish antique furniture as well as gourmet Italian food and fine Italian personal care products – all that a person needs to live “la dolce vita.”

Fatto a Mano San Francisco antique furniture and home furnishings store is owned by husband and wife team, Massimo Mallamace and Heather Dempsey. Heather, an American, and Massimo, an Italian, met in Florence many years ago. In 2008, Heather and Massimo managed a $ 1 million remodel on the Dempsey’s farmhouse in Chianti (view the finished product at and learn how to experience this beautiful property!). At Fatto a Mano, they keep it in the “famiglia” – Heather’s mom Jan makes one-of-a-kind jewelry and her 88-year-old Grandma Alice loves to sell her collectible treasures.



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Dream Theater – The Count of Tuscany (Part 1) @ Minneapolis 8/21/09

Dream Theater performing “The Count of Tuscany” live at Minneapolis, MN on August 21st, 2009.

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Dream Theater – The Count of Tuscany

Review of the song according to The final track continues the silver lined journey that the second half of the album takes on. Petrucci opens with a beautiful acoustic intro with a soothing lead layered on top. Several bars before the full band enters, the guitar frolics with clean natural harmonics. Soon, Rudess keyboards and Petrucci’s leads [2:18] erupt off of each other in a magical yet mysterious manner. At 3:20 the song begins the pounding and progressive heaviness that DT tends to display before the main verses enter. There is a fairly complex rhythm pattern that LaBrie lays his voice over. The scary guy voice returns with the pre-chorus lyric “let me introduce…” Honestly, I have not been a fan of this style throughout the record. The one place where the scary voice works well is during the choruses of this track, more specifically the beginning that contains the accented “I.” Additionally, the chorus contains one of the catchiest vocal melodies on Black Clouds. There is an interesting Nintendo-type sound [7:07] produced by the guitar which you would expect to hear on a DragonForce song; it sounds like Mario is about to warp through a pipe on Level 1-2. As always, the second and third verses loosely follow the format of verse one, another DT trademark, before the pre-chorus scary guy bridge and chorus. A powerful display of rhythm [9:23] takes form prior to the main instrumental section. Petrucci then delivers a melodic solo about a minute later
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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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Holidaying In Tuscany- A Dream Come True

It is quite natural when you think of holidaying in Europe and your mind without thinking for a second starts dreaming of Italy. Why not? Italy is a place of dreams, a city known for its ethnic beauty. While planning a trip to Italy, you must see the beautiful region Tuscany which is specially known for its landscapes and artistic legacies. Surrounded by hills, mountain chains and a few plains, Tuscany is a relief to visitors traveling from all parts of the world.

While you are holidaying in Tuscany, don’t forget to look in for wide selection of accommodation choices ranging from farmhouse and villas to apartments, vacation homes and luxurious hotels. Tuscany is a small city filled with the air of purity and love. Tuscany’s capital city Florence is another attraction as it is called the most romantic city in the world filled with artistic, architectural and cultural beauty.

It is always suggested to stay in a self catering accommodation so that you can find ample time to visit the beautiful city of Tuscany and Florence. Some of the best museums can be seen in Florence namely the Galleria Delgi Uffizi, The National Museu of Bargello and the Accademia Gallery. These museums have the finest collection of arts in the world. You can see the Mannerist and Renaissance sculptures in the Bargello, while the Accademia Gallery highlights some of the unfinished carvings by Michelangelo.

Tuscany is one of the popular cities of Italy with varied attractions for its visitors. It is known for its beauty and grandeur. The renowned leaning tower of Pisa is perhaps the most famous and attractive place for the visitors. This great masterpiece is located at the square of the miracles and will render you absolutely speechless with its splendor and magnificence.

Self catering accommodation is the best option to recharge your body and provide you complete relaxing experience. The overlooking olive groves, vineyard, and sunflower plantation are the perfect picture when you wake in the morning and peep outside your rented self catering accommodation.

Farmhouses are also available on rent that provides you with all modern amenities to make your stay a memorable one. Families traveling to Tuscany find it very soothing to stay in such rented accommodation as they can cook according to what they feel like as and when required. It’s a complete home feeling for large groups and families. To add more to its charm, these have all the latest entertainment facilities in each house-for-rent.

There is no need to worry for travelers who are budget conscious as Tuscany provides ample opportunities to stay in cheap rental apartments and houses.

All you need is to explore the city of Tuscany to its maximum. Tourism being the back bone of economy of Tuscany, offers great attractions to its varied visitors. Be it art, music, landscapes, national parks, castles, museums, you find endless views with world class wines and food fiestas.

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