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Good Tastes of Tuscany caters to Wild Oats Cooking classes in Tuscany: U.S natural food supermarket chain reward employees with a Tuscan cooking class



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Good Tastes of Tuscany caters to Wild Oats Cooking classes in Tuscany: U.S natural food supermarket chain reward employees with a Tuscan cooking class










Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) October 5, 2005

Wild Oats, with a family of over 110 stores in 24 states and British Columbia, and an annual sales figure of more than $ 1 billion dollars, chose Good Tastes of Tuscany, a division of Connextions Group, to reward its employees for good performance.

The chosen staff members underwent a one-day advanced cooking class in Tuscany at the 13th century villa. The grand finale was a dinner party at Villa PandolfiniÂ’s ornately frescoed dance hall. The heady mix of gourmet cuisine, vintage wine and soul-stirring music in an ambiance bursting with tradition and culture left the guests replete.                                                

The Villa Pandolfini, which, in its rich past, accommodated such guests as Napoleon Bonaparte and King Charles VIII of France, has high vaulted ceilings, a fireplace in the kitchen, a loggia looking out into a breathtaking renaissance garden and gold gilded mirrors and antique furniture.

About Tuscany Cooking Classes:

Good Tastes of Tuscany provides hands-on coaching in traditional Tuscan cuisine and offers intensive, single-day classes tailored to meet specific needs and varying proficiency levels, as well as more prolonged courses. The cooking classes in Tuscany are customized to suit individual requirements and there is even a course for young chefs. “Wine appreciation classes and tours are also conducted,” says Massimo Brogi, Media Relations Manager.

The highly experienced cooking instructors, Lisa and Maurizio, both native to Florence, impart tips that canÂ’t be found in any cookery book and teach traditional Tuscan recipes. Participants learn to make a complete Italian meal, from appetizers to dessert. The extra virgin olive oil and the wine come from the scenic estates of the Villa Pandolfini itself.

The Villa Pandolfini is a mere 10-minute drive from Florence and pick-up facilities are available from the city. Rooms can be rented out at the villa itself, and visitors can make it their base, not only for the cooking courses but also for sightseeing trips.

The Courses Covered by the Cooking Classes in Tuscany:

Good Tastes of Tuscany offers lessons in Italian cooking round the year, and more classes were added this autumn. The courses are affordably priced, and there is something to suit every requirement, regardless of cooking experience, knowledge of the region or proficiency in the Italian language.

Wild Oats offers a complete range of natural foods and supplements, and features environmentally conscious and cruelty-free body care and household products. It is committed to providing customers with the best of natural foods and health products and imports extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany for its stores.

Good Tastes of Tuscany, which uses only locally available, seasonal and freshly procured ingredients for its cooking courses, was a natural choice for Wild Oats to give its valued employees a rewarding experience. “A highly-enjoyable event that was very helpful for our business and also for our knowledge,” was how one satisfied participant described the trip of a lifetime.

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Holiday Rentals – a Tuscan Escape

There’s something very special about Tuscany. Not only does the region abound with incredible history, delicious local produce and no less than six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but it also exudes a very special charm. A sort of intangible elixir – a sense of well-being. One deep breath of Tuscan air and it feels like you’ve arrived home. Holiday rentals here are the real deal.

That feeling pervades in the historical cities themselves – Florence, Siena and Pisa. It’s difficult not to get caught up in the architecture of the region – from the austerity of the Duomo di Siena with its chastising papal gargoyles, to the Gothic lines of Florence’s central edifices. It’s living history – find holiday rentals in the depths of the cities and you will get a true taste.

For the real magic to work though, you need to leave the bustling centres for the tranquillity of the Tuscan countryside. It’s here that you’ll find the pearls of the region such as San Gimignano and the Val D’orcia. It’s here that you’ll stumble across holiday rentals in secluded olive groves and abandoned monasteries. It’s here that you’ll forget about the real world.

And it’s not that difficult to discover this little bit of Eden for yourself. There are many holiday rentals available to hire in the region – whether you want a hilltop olive farm with stunning views across Tuscan countryside or a romantic stone cottage backing onto fields of sunflowers – you can find your perfect holiday rentals hideaway. Once you’ve found it though, you just might not want to come back…

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Olly Symonds is the joint founder of One Off Places, a holiday property rentals website specifically geared towards individual and one-off style properties. Launched in 2007 it offers users the chance to search for exactly what they want on their holiday, whether it’s a secluded farmhouse, a penthouse apartment or a luxury villa.


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San Gimignano is a small medieval town, built on top of a hill like so many other Tuscan towns in Italy. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers which may be seen from several kilometres outside the town. The “town of the tall towers” is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Tuscany. In the 13th century, the town had unbelievable 76 (!) towers, from which 13 are still preserved until today. The towers were used as part of the fortification of the town, but they were also built as status symbol from wealthy inhabitants before the 13th century. Please see also the videos taken from “Torre Grossa”: www.youtube.com www.youtube.com

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



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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 http://www.chiantivacation.com. For more information about Fatto a Mano, call (415) 830-3040, visit their website at http://sffattoamano.com/, 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 http://www.chiantivacation.com 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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Under the Tuscan Sun (Widescreen Edition)

Under the Tuscan Sun (Widescreen Edition)

From the studio that brought you SWEET HOME ALABAMA comes the extraordinary romantic comedy starring Academy Award(R) nominee Diane Lane (2002 Best Actress, UNFAITHFUL). Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN follows San Francisco writer Frances Mayes (Lane) to Italy as a good friend offers her a special gift — 10 days in Tuscany. Once there, she is captivated by its beauty and warmth, and impulsively buys an aging, but very charming, villa. Fully embracing new f

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Win a Holiday with Trivago, in the Tuscan Countryside

Have you already thought about your next holidays?

 

The delightful medieval town of Casole d’Elsa, located near Siena (Tuscany) hosts a residence called Borgo al Cerro offering several apartments endowed with any kind of comfort and many services dedicated to the guests’ wellness, such as massages, swimming-pools, keep-fit area and much more.

 

Borgo al Cerro is a wonderful Residence near Siena placed in the middle of the countryside and surrounded by the Tuscan rolling hills. From here, it’s possible to easily reach several famous and interesting Tuscan cities and ancient towns, like Florence, Volterra or San Gimignano

 

In addition, this year Borgo al Cerro joins the fabulous initiative promoted by Trivago, Europe’s biggest hotel price comparison, which make you win a free holiday!

 

Yes, you’ve got it! If you are football experts or just lovers, bet on the outcome of the World Cup matches and you will have the chance to win one of more than 150 hotel vouchers available!

 

Participating is very very simple. Let me explain you. First of all, you have to review at least one hotel on Trivago website and then place a winning a bet for a match.

1 hotel review = 1 chance to bet.

 

One winning bet means one chance to win a hotel voucher! In addition, you can earn score that allows you to choose your favorite voucher. You need 55 scores to get ours!

 

So…what are you waiting for? Guess and bet! You could win an unforgettable, relaxing week-end at the Borgo al Cerro Residence.

 

Visit now Trivago.it, review your favorite hotel and place your winning bet for the next match!

 

Borgo al Cerro is already considered as one of the best holiday apartments in Tuscany by users, as the positive reviews on Trivago and Tripadvisor show.

 

More info about Borgo al Cerro Residence

Website: www.borgoalcerro.com

Email: info@borgoalcerro.com

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Best Kept Secret Under the Tuscan Sun

Once upon a time there were 5 small fishing villages completely isolated from the world on a remote Mediterranean coast. Slowly over the centuries, it was encroached by an influx of European tourists. Few Americans have yet to discover it and we felt most fortunate now to have a guided visit to Cinque Terre.


No words can capture the breathtaking beauty of these sunlit villages clinging to sheer rock cliffs with a backdrop of a turquoise sea. It is simply dramatic. This is a land of chestnuts, lemons, olives, anchovies, cheese, honey and grapes. It was harvest time on our arrival when everything bloomed with a profusion of color.


We began with a visit to Groppo, a winery that produces the rare sweet raisin white wine native only to Cinque Terre. We tasted the sweet crisp vintage fresh from the harvest that runs a bottle. Groppo is also a coop where nearly 200 local farmers have come this week to deliver their bushels of green grapes. It’s extremely arduous and heroic work set in the most unique landscape of the world. Some must tether themselves by ropes to avoid a tumble down the thousand foot cliffs.


Over the centuries, generations of families have built 8 million cubic meters of stone walls, stacking rocks without ant cohesive material to create the terraces that will support their vineyards. A myriad of cliff-side paths connect the villages for a hikers dream.


We hiked down into the isolated town of Manarola which was beyond charming with no cars, but only boats parked in its streets. Tiny stores sold a hundred different shapes of packaged pastas. I lunched on a mountain of artichokes and salami and then walked along the famed Via del Armoe. This is the ancient “lover’s lane”, nearly a mile that follows the rocky coast and crystal water to the town of Riomaggiore. Not as impressive there, we took a train through the tunnels to my favorite town of Vernazza.


Here I discovered the quintessential Italy of my imagination. Approaching the waterfront was like a virtual walk into a sweeping watercolor painting, far more vivid than a postcard. My brief time there was spent hunting hotel rooms for an obligatory return visit to linger longer in this hidden and tranquil Shangri La.


The rest of our time was spent in the regions of Tuscany, known for its art treasures, architecture, stone farm houses and hilly landscapes spilling over with colorful vineyards. On this “hub and spoke tour”, we only had to unpack once at our base in Montecatini Terme, a spa town dating back to the 14th century.


We toured Floence, cradle of the Renaissance and Mother to the arts. In the gothic city of Siena, we strolled through cobbled streets into magnificent cathedrals. In San Gimignano, we stepped back in time to photograph its feudal towers with spectacular vista views.


A highlight for me was stomping grapes at San Donato Farm. The juices squished between my toes. The family owners here welcomed us as friends with hospitality as warm and traditional as the fine Chianti they served us. The annual grape harvest only lasts 10 days in September. It’s called “Le Vendemmia” and the locals celebrate it with passion.


Free time was provided for independent exploration. Some visited the spas of Terme, others rode bicycles through town. Most people scattered to the nearby towns of artistic Lucca, Pisa with its iconic leaning tower, Greve and Montecatini Alto, each distinct in character and timeless. I licked enough different gelato flavors to last a lifetime.


On our last night, we all boarded the funicular for a ride up to a medieval village. There we celebrated a journey well done over a 5 course gourmet farewell dinner. This was a laissez-faire vacation to a land where the pace of life slows down enough to enjoy it, truly the land of la dolce vita.

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Trailer: Under the tuscan sun

After Frances’s seemingly happy San Francisco marriage ends abruptly, she goes into a funk. Urged by her friends to move on, she joins a bus tour of Tuscany where, on the spur of the moment, she buys a crumbling villa. She assembles a crew of oddballs and immigrants to repair the house; over the next year, as they work, she welcomes one of her New York friends who’s pregnant and at loose ends, and she seeks love, first (tenuously) with her married real estate agent, then with a charming stranger. Although life gets in the way of love, Frances’s wishes come true in unexpected ways, and there’s always the Tuscan sun.

A fantastic holiday in the beautiful region of Tuscany.
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Tuscan Villas and Country Houses Exclusively Available for Rent Directly by Owner

Florence, Italy (PRWEB) July 1, 2009

Tuscany Rent Direct is proud to present a unmatchable opportunity to travelers to the Tuscany area. For those looking to rent during this opportune time for travel, Tuscany Rent Direct presents a rental opportunity unrivaled by any of our competitors on the market. We are proud to provide our customers with a direct rental process, providing an opportunity to vacation in the Tuscany area without encountering a hefty commission. Tuscany Rent Direct is proud to say it is the only web site specialist on the Tuscany region.

This is an opportune time for renters due to economic conditions of the market, as many homeowners are looking to rent out their property. Only Tuscany Rent Direct provides detailed information on each property, including Google map positioning and a property layout blueprint to display the interior setting. The Tuscany Rent Direct web site is simple, easy, user-friendly, and efficient. This opportunity presented by Tuscany Rent Direct makes it possible for more prospective renters to find the perfect, affordable villa for their dream vacation.

The brilliance of the Tuscan countryside is at its finest and the timing couldn’t be better to take advantage of such an opportunity as Tuscany Rent Direct provides. Visit our website today to see our extraordinary selection of villas, country houses, apartments, beach houses, and bed and breakfasts for rent and jump on this opportunity. Make your dreams come true this year with Tuscany Rent Direct.

About Tuscany Rent Direct

Tuscany Rent Direct is based in the heart of Tuscany, and provides a simple but effective way of connecting property owners and potential renters directly with each other, without applying high commissions to the rental cost. In this manner, we offer you a large selection of properties along with the opportunity to spend a perfect, relaxing holiday in Tuscany.

For More Information Contact:

Tuscany Rent Direct

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Telephone +39 0577 1701111

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