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Siena: The Ideal Place For Learning Italian Language

For all students and lovers of the Italian language: are you looking for the ideal place to study one of the world’s most beautiful languages?

Welcome to the Leonardo da Vinci Italian language school in Siena, one of the jewels of Tuscany, the very cradle of the Italian spoken and written word.

Sienacombines all the neighborliness of small-town life with the attractions of a world-renowned cultural center and the educational and social resources of a campus environment.

Within its ancient walls and astonishingly well preserved medieval architecture, Siena will greet you with a plentiful variety of museums, bookstores, cafes, restaurants and shops featuring exquisite handcrafted goods.

Because Siena is a family town that houses one of the most important universities in Italy, students of all ages will find the pace of life leisurely yet rewardingly enhanced by a wealth of activities and many opportunities to exercise their new language skills.

As a student at the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, you might study Italian in the morning then spend your afternoon at a wine tasting, or on a guided tour of a cultural site, at a lecture learning about one of Siena’s fascinating historic traditions, or simply sitting in the beautiful Piazza del Campo with an aperitif.

In the evenings you might attend a concert given by participants of Siena’s world-class music academy or try one of the local pubs or restaurants featuring hearty Sienese and Tuscan cuisine.

Weekends are for exploring the town’s winding streets, art-filled churches, and picturesque squares or for excursions around the region. Florence, Arezzo, San Gimignano, and Volterra, are just a few of the culturally rich cities that are but a bus ride away.

Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most important Italian language schools for foreigners in Italy, and organizes Italian courses since 1977. It is present in the most beautiful cities of Italy (Florence, Milan, Rome, Siena), and each year the company welcomes thousands students from 60 different countries in the world.

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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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Enjoy Two Italian Gems — Tuscany and Venice — and Viva la Viator


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As the latter part of the Summer travel season approaches, the crowds start to diminish making this a wonderful time to experience two of the most popular and beautiful destinations in the world, Italy’s Tuscany region and the city of Venice., the leading resource for researching and booking more than 5,500 trip activities and experiences in 75 countries at the best prices, features a variety of private tours, skip the line activities and other opportunities that enable visitors to find their inner ‘viator’ (Latin for traveler) and truly experience everything these unique and diverse destinations have to offer.


Italy’s Tuscany region is renowned for its art and architecture, cuisine and wine, and stunning country-side. From Florence to Pisa to Siena and nearly 60 activities to choose from, travelers can experience everything from learning the age-old traditions of Tuscan cooking to gliding around on a modern-age Segway through the ancient streets of Florence.

The cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is replete with art, culture and history. Travelers must take time to see masterpieces like Michelangelo’s Statue of David and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and can save time with Skip the Line entry passes to either the Accademia or Uffizi Galleries, or they can combine both experiences during the Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour. The Florence Half-Day or Full-Day Sightseeing Tour combines visits to the Uffizi and Accademia with trips to Piazzale Michelangelo, the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria and Loggia del Lanzi. Skip The Line: Best of Florence Walking Tour including Accademia Gallery and Duomo is a small group tour exploring the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica, Uffizi Square and the leather market. Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor Walking Tour gives travelers special access to a passageway typically closed to the public that dates back to 1564 and stretches almost a mile perched above the Ponte Vecchio, the Travelers can cover lots of ancient ground with minimal exertion during the Florence Segway Tour or, get the heart pumping during the Florence Bike Tour which includes a complimentary gelato to reward all peddlers. Speaking of just desserts, the Tuscan Cooking Class and Dinner in Florence is an expertly taught lesson in traditional Tuscan cooking with wine pairings and the opportunity to indulge in both afterwards.

There are amazing destinations surrounding Florence that make for glorious day trips. Travelers can experience the vineyards and olive groves of the Chianti region during the Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence with time spent in the medieval walled city of Siena and the hilltop city of San Gimignano. Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour includes a scenic drive through Monteriggioni, a trip to Siena, a stroll among the Chianti vineyards and a stop for a Tuscan feast, followed by visits to San Gimignano and Pisa. To focus more closely on the lean, the Pisa and the Leaning Tower Half-Day Trip from Florence also includes a visit to the Piazza dei Cavalieri and the Scuola Normale. To experience one of Italy’s postcard-perfect coastal villages, travelers can choose the Cinque Terre Small Group Day Trip from Florence. The Chianti Region Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip from Florence combines a country drive through magnificent Tuscan landscapes with a visit to an ancient town and one of Chianti’s most renowned wine-growing estates for tastings of Chianti Classico, Chianti Reserve and Vin Santo dessert wine. The Horse Riding in Chianti Day Trip from Florence will thrill anyone seeking a little adventure in the hills of Tuscany, accompanied by Tuscan lunch and wine tasting – after the ride of course.


Known as the ‘city of bridges’ and the ‘queen of the Adriatic,’ Venice is a magical and unique city that boasts some of the finest handmade glassware and most enchanting traditions found in the world. One of those traditions is impressed upon travelers during the Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade — so popular that these activities often sell out well in advance so travelers are advised to book well in advance. The Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour explores this city from the ideal vantage point, the water, and includes landmarks like the splendid palaces, churches, bridges and gardens lining the city’s liquid streets. To maximize time, the Skip the Line: Venice in One Day experience includes all the highlights of this magical city in a combined boat and walking tour.. Skip the Line: Venice Secret Itinerary Walking Tour with Doges Palace leads travelers to the splendidly decorated rooms of what used to be ‘the brain’ that governed the Republic of Venice. And for the island jewels of the Venice lagoon, the Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Tour features glass-blowers on Murano, lace shopping on Burano and a visit to Venice’s first church on Torcello.


Each destination and theme featured during the Viva La Viator summer series will be represented by a “Traveler of the Week,” chosen from Viator customers who have submitted traveler reviews and photos representing each week’s feature. Visit the Viator Travel Blog for more information. For details on these Italian experiences or any of Viator’s more than 5,500 tours and activities around the world including special summertime deals and discounts, visit

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Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life

Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life

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In this sequel to her New York Times bestsellers Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, the celebrated “bard of Tuscany” (New York Times) lyrically chronicles her continuing, two decades-long love affair with Tuscany’s people, art, cuisine, and lifestyle.
Frances Mayes offers her readers a deeply personal memoir of her present-day life in Tuscany, encompassing both the changes she has experienced since Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany appeared, and sensuous, evocative reflections

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Tuscany Holiday – for Beautiful Italian Holidays

One look at it and you feel like you are living a scene out of a fantasy tale. Tuscany charms you with everything, its architectural land, its aromatic vineyards and its striking smoothed hilltops. With moss covered ancient castles and sculpted landmarks, beautiful Tuscany with its snaking sandy roads is a fantastic vacation destination for all.


This attraction is a medieval town that offers sites like Piazza del Campo, tall bell tower, museums and cathedral and amazing narrow streets. When on a holiday in Tuscany, you can always enjoy a tour of Siena by walking and trailing through the streets of the town, as well as by climbing up till the top of the tower bell to cherish the magnificent view, the town offers.


Lucca is a city with a history that dates back to around 180 BC. Situated at the top of a Roman colony, this town acts as a tourist attraction, drawing tourist and visitors towards its walled construction as Lucca is a city enclosed with walls constructed in 16th century. From well preserved walls to towers, the town has so much to offer to those looking forwards to a great holiday in Tuscany. A 1900 year old roman amphitheatre, piazzas, churches, medieval constructions and delicacy rich restaurant offering Italian flavor are some of the reasons to add this city in your trip to Tuscany.


This Italian city lies at a distance of few kilometers from Tuscany and is worth taking a trip to, when on a holiday in Tuscany. A lot of tourist and visitors on their trip to Tuscany prefer to visit Florence for its rich architectural sites, the Piazza, baptistery, Duomo and museums flaunting best of arts, artifacts and paintings from eminent artists. The Renaissance architect always draws a lot of people every year.

Taste wine in Chianti

Tuscany is well known for its wines and Chianti wine region is a major attraction for tourist and visitors, looking forward to some wine tasting. Located between Siena and Florence, Chianti is a perfect way of enjoying a great day with red wines, breathtaking countryside view, scenic villages and wineries. On a trip to Tuscany, you must not forget to cherish the pleasure of Tuscany wines and views.


This world famous tourist attraction is located in the north of Tuscany and just 50 miles from Florence. Leaning tower of Pisa is a bell tower is known for its tilted construction, 300 steps of narrow stairs and a view worth taking the physical challenge. The tower also offers a medieval center, river, statues, parks and more for a great holiday.

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This tourist attraction is a city of towers situated on a hilltop and with a history that goes back to 10th century. The place used to pride 72 towers earlier, but today the town has 14 tower houses remaining and a best countryside view to offer.

Best time to visit or holiday in Tuscany

Best time to holiday in Tuscany is in the months of April to September.

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Tuscany is blessed with finest monuments of arts. Across Tuscany there are many attractive farmhouses and villas, which provide opportunities to enjoy local cooking, wines and to explore small villages each with its own treasures. So, when you rent a villa, you can be a part of whole Italian experience or living like an Italian. The Tuscan area is rich in art, culture and history and also it is an area which hasn’t lost its ancient tradition. It is the place where you will be taken back in time as you wonder along the country roads immersed in the splendid Tuscan scenery, interrupted only by the ancient towns where you can savor the culinary arts of Tuscany.

Vacation villa Tuscany is surrounded by beautiful olive groves. There is very large dining table and exterior light and Japanese style garden along with long large free form swimming pool. Near by it has unspoilt hills. The living room has an original stone fire place. The kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances like microwave, toaster, freezer, dishwasher and a large fireplace to roast meat and vegetables. The kitchen is connected to large brick arch.

Some vacation villa Tuscany consists of bunk beds which are ideal for children and galleried room with spiral staircase. The bedrooms in the villa all have private bathrooms, air conditioning and open fireplace that will surely add comfort and enjoyment to your holiday. They offer two patios for meal “al fresco”. Also it is possible to organize a typical Tuscan meal at the villas.

Spectacular and sensational, Tuscany offers some awesome artistic heritage being the historical foundation of the Renaissance. One can discover the facets of a host of talents in her sculptures, the museums, historical buildings, amazing towns, galleries, gardens and national parks. Tuscany reflects your tastes, emotions and passions with her colors, fragrance and a deep sense of family ties that bonds you with one of the most memorable holiday destinations of the world.

Some vacation villa Tuscany have double storey and the ground floor opens out to an entrance hall decorated with lovely frescoes. There is a lounge area that is really huge with a big fireplace, a spacious dining area, and library, a conveniently big kitchen-cum-dining room with a fireplace, a toilet and a laundry room. The upper level may have six excellently furnished and pristine bedrooms, each with its own identity and style, with ensuite bathrooms and one with a bath. All the rooms have ceiling fans and have lovely views of the garden that surrounds vineyards. The estate may have a beautifully kept garden that ranges over 3.000 square meters with golden mimosas, hydrangeas, roses and camellias that reflect the colors of the countryside. So the guests can spend a lazy day relaxing under the gazebo or swimming in the pool. The original décor and style decorating the interiors are mirrored throughout the villa that enhances the ambience along with the fireplace in the cheerful manner.

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