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San Gimignano with Sheep by Eithne Donne – 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches – Fine Art Print / Poster

San Gimignano with Sheep by Eithne Donne – 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches – Fine Art Print / Poster

  • Title: San Gimignano with Sheep
  • Artist: Eithne Donne
  • Size: 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 – inches
  • Perfect for framing or hanging
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Fine art poster print

List Price: $ 8.00


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Villa Bordoni in Chianti Joins JDB Fine Hotels & Resorts

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) May 17, 2006

Villa Bordoni, a new elegant Tuscan countryside hotel, is the latest member to join JDB Fine Hotels & Resorts. Located five minutes from the center of Greve in Chianti, in the heart of the prestigious Florentine Chianti Classico region, this historical estate dates back the 1400s and was entirely renovated in 2005. The hotel has 10 accommodations, all of which are en-suite, and were created by Riccardo Barthel, a renowned Florentine interior designer. Additional amenities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool with terrace, outdoor state-of-the-art gym, wine cellar, lounge and library. The grounds consist of olive groves and vineyards and both wine and olive oil are produced on the estate.

Owned by David and Catherine Gardner, a Scottish couple who have lived in Italy over the past 11 years, Villa Bordoni has been positioned as a luxurious but unpretentious country house that specializes in Tuscan gastronomy. The Gardners’, who are property developers and restaurateurs, own two well-known restaurants in Florence’s historic center, Baldovino and Beccofino. Although the hotel is small, the Garndners’ spared no expense in establishing an exceptional kitchen, “we specialize in cooking lessons…our open kitchen incorporates the Villa’s original wood burning oven that was custom built in enameled cast-iron by the famous workshops of Molteni of France”, explains David Gardner, “our chef and cooking instructor, Francesco Fineo, has worked at Beccofino in Florence and La Certosa di Maggiano, a Relais & Chateaux property in Siena”. The hotel’s bar adjoins the restaurant and is overseen by sommelier Massimo Casagrande who gives tours of the underground wine cellar and hosts wine tastings.

Developed exclusively for JDB, Live Like a Tuscan is a unique four-night Independent Excursion that allows guests to experience the best of Tuscan country living. This package includes four nights in a Superior Double room, three dinners at the hotel with beverages, one lunch with beverages, two cooking lessons, a guided tour and wine tasting at two local wineries, a full day tour through of the picturesque villages of Chianti Classico as well as the medieval walled towns of Siena and San Gimignano, transportation for the tours, and one tasting of local products. Guests traveling during November and December can escape the high season crowds and take part in the age old olive harvest and pressing tradition. A great example of the uniqueness of this package is the four-course winemaker’s dinner that allows participants to savor each dish that is made specifically to enhance the qualities of select local wines. The price of the package starts at €895 per person, based on double occupancy. A complete package detail to include a day-by-day breakdown of activities is available on JDB’s website.

About JDB Fine Hotels & Resorts:

JDB Fine Hotels & Resorts, established in 1978 and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a comprehensive hotel and resort marketing organization representing only the finest and most unique properties in the upscale travel market. With more than 200 luxury properties in Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico, JDB provides marketing, sales and reservation services in the United States and Canada. Each member property has been personally selected by JDB and is evaluated based on a number of factors, including its reputation, management, location, distinctive facilities and value. JDB member properties are reviewed and visited annually to ensure maintenance of standards in their respective categories. For more information call 1.800.346.5358 or visit JDB’s website.


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Oh! A Gay & Lesbian Experiential Journey to Tuscany Filled with Romance, Chocolate and Fine Cuisine

Chandler, AZ (PRWEB) November 6, 2005

In the fall of 2006, Oh! Vacation will lead two groups, one for women and the other for men, into the heart of the Tuscan region of Italy. This experiential journey to Tuscany will allow each person to immerse themselves in the culture, and let the natural rhythm and pace of the location take over. It is about letting go of the real world we all live in, where there is hustle and bustle, lots of stress, and instead letting the ambiance fill the soul.

Hallmarked as an “experiential journey”, this adventure is for gays and lesbians of all ages, who love to walk, enjoy meeting new people and are passionate about culture, art, cuisine, and history. Both excursion’s will visit all the best cities and towns that Tuscany has to offer, including San Gimignano, Siena, Chianti, Greve, Radda, Florence, Lucca, and Pisa.

“There will definitely be a pastoral flare to each trip,” said Gloriana Hunter of OH! Vacation. The groups will be taken to parts of the Tuscany region where little has changed since the medieval ages. They will experience wine from vineyards and olive oil from groves that have existed for hundred of years.

First-class accommodations will include two nights in Rome and six nights in Montecatini, a northern Tuscan city famous for its spas. The trip will allow ample free time mixed with day tours that include wine-tasting, olive oil tasting and even chocolate tasting. There will also be an authentic Tuscan cuisine cooking lesson, taught by an Italian chef. Breakfast is included every morning, as well as 4 dinners and 2 lunches.

The OH! Vacation to Tuscany costs $ 2,495 per person and includes international airfare. The women’s trip is scheduled for August 7-16, 2006 and a men’s trip is scheduled for September 18-26, 2006. In keeping with the Oh! business practice, both couples and singles are welcome. The company policy is that singles pay the same price as couples and are very welcome on any trip. OH! Vacation helps match roommates so that no single person is left paying more unless they specifically desire a room to themselves.

Oh! The wine.

Oh! The food.

Oh! The chocolate.

Oh! What better place for romance than Tuscany!

Reservations can be made online at, or by calling OH! Vacation toll free to (877) 457-9297.

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OH! Vacation focuses on experiential world journeys for the GLBT community and is a division of Odyssey Vacation, a full-service travel agency located in the greater Phoenix metro area.


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Rural Holidays In Tuscany; Rolling Hills, Farm Buildings And Fine Cuisine

When most people think about holidays in Tuscany they think of Florence, Pisa and the coastline of this fascinating region of Italy. There is another Tuscany however, a world of farm buildings and medieval hamlets; this is the real Tuscany and holidays in the Tuscan interior are well worthwhile for couples and families alike.

Rural holidays in Tuscany are sublimely relaxing, unwind to the local’s pace of life and forget the stresses and strains of the rat race. Whether sipping wine sat outside a farm building or just relaxing atop one of the many hills of the region, relaxation is key to the Tuscan culture and when you embark on a holiday in Tuscany you will not be able to help unwinding to this unique way of life.

For those who are more than happy to sample the finer things in life, Tuscany is the perfect destination. The cuisine of the region consists heavily of meat, strange considering the predominance of the arable farm. Steaks and pork make up some of the finest dishes of Tuscany, naturally accompanied by the freshest of seasonal vegetables. For the locals, long lazy meals are an integral part of the culture and relaxing over a meal with family is fundamental to social interaction.

Of course, as with much of Italy, no meal would be complete without wine, Tuscany is no different and those undertaking holidays in the region would be foolish to miss the opportunity of sampling some of the local tipple. Vineyards are almost a numerous as other types of farm in the region with the most famous wine being Chianti. The Chianti produced in Tuscany acts as the perfect accompaniment to the meat dishes and can be considered as the ideal way to immerse yourself in Tuscan culture.

Those undertaking holidays in Tuscany should definitely tour the rural regions, the rolling hills are dotted with all types of farm, although mostly the arable variety. The scenes of crops gently swaying in the breeze with the cypress trees dotted around the fields puts the tourist in a timeless place that is as far removed from the modern world as possible. Couples will love the chance to picnic in the scenic surroundings while families will enjoy the wide open spaces.

Nature is an important part of holidays in the interior of Tuscany; there are five large natural parks that are enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. The chance to walk in the warm breeze and view the farm buildings that dot the hillsides will enthral and amaze visitors who wish to recuperate in this serene countryside. The large forests habituate different species of deer and wild boar that will give wildlife enthusiasts a thrill. These forests contain some magical waterfalls that are worthy of the title ‘fairytale’ and the many species of flower make the floral displays truly spectacular.

The parks seamlessly connect with the coastline in Tuscany and the beaches are both tranquil and beautiful. Holidays in this region would not be complete without a trip to the coast as a dip in the warm waters is a refreshing way to relax in the warm Tuscan sun.

Accommodation in Tuscany is increasingly being based in the rural areas. As Florence and Pisa are two of the most visited cities in Europe due to their cultural worth; the importance of having a base in the serene countryside is rapidly becoming an element of most holidays in the region. Farm buildings and castles are hastily being converted to cater for the needs of the tourist, many have had pools built and these locally run businesses offer holidays with the personal touch.

There is no doubt that holidays in Tuscany are changing. The unspoilt interior of the region is widely unspoilt and unlike the major cities is untouched by mass tourism. The increasing numbers of converted farm accommodation makes a rural base the ideal way to soak in as much as the Tuscan culture as possible during your stay.

Travel expert Thomas Pretty has visited Italy many times and uses Montebelli’s farm holidays Tuscany services on a regular basis. To find out more please visit

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