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Photos: Arezzo, the Forgotten Town

Sunday, 17 Oct 2021 | Photo Gallery


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The ❤️ of Tuscany: Montepulciano and Pienza

Saturday, 16 Oct 2021 | Views [13]

THE PROBLEM WITH A VISIT to the “Heart of Tuscany” is deciding wether to Drink or Drive!Since this was an “Under the Tuscan Sun” sort of day, I drove, despite the offerings of relentlessness wine shop owners of Montepulciano. ... Read more >


Photos: More Tuscan Hill Towns: Montepulciano and Pienza

Friday, 15 Oct 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Hill Towns of Tuscany: San Gimignano and Volterra

Thursday, 14 Oct 2021 | Views [25]

IF YOU ARE AN AMERICAN TRAVELING IN TUSCANY, you won’t find a better guidebook than Rick Steve’s ITALY. And if you’ve forgotten to buy a copy, you can download tips, itineraries and even walking tours. If you are especially lucky you ... Read more >


Photos: Hill Towns: San Gimignano and Volterra

Thursday, 14 Oct 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Suddenly Sunny Siena

Wednesday, 13 Oct 2021 | Views [31]

HAVING A RENTAL CAR GIVES US a lot of freedom. But we also need a place to park, free parking if possible, which can make finding lodging difficult. In Siena, where cars have been banned since 1966, parking is verboten so we’re staying outside ... Read more >


Photos: Siena

Tuesday, 12 Oct 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Lucca—City of 100 Churches

Monday, 11 Oct 2021 | Views [20]

WE DIDN’T COUNT 'EM, OF COURSE, but Lucca is said to be the “City of 100 Churches.” As a matter of fact, on our visit ten years ago we barely noticed them. In truth, the only mention I gave Lucca in my “vagabonds” journal ... Read more >


Photos: Lucca

Monday, 11 Oct 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Cinque Terre—Riomaggiore, Manarola (and Bonassola)

Sunday, 10 Oct 2021 | Views [19]

THE VIA DELL’ AMORE—LOVERS’ LANE—is the most famous and romantic stretch of the Cinque Terre coastline, connecting the picturesque villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola. Since the trail remains closed there we skipped the Cinque ... Read more >


Cinque Terre—Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso

Saturday, 9 Oct 2021 | Views [13]

WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT Cinque Terre is back in business. Well almost. The hiking trail that runs from town to town is open only from Corniglia to Vernazza and from Vernazza to Monterosso al Mare, the two more difficult sections. It won’t be ... Read more >


Cinque Terre—Taking Time to Smell the Garlic

Friday, 8 Oct 2021 | Views [17]

RENTAL CAR PRICES IN EUROPE ARE DOUBLE what we remember from a decade ago. Europcar still had the best deal—€37/day including the Pisa-Bologna drop off charge. The Fiat 500 is probably the smallest rental we’ve ever had but with the ... Read more >


Photos: Cinque Terre

Friday, 8 Oct 2021 | Photo Gallery


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More Treasures of Pisa

Thursday, 7 Oct 2021 | Views [24]

WE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE WAITED to visit the Sinopie Museum until we had seen the original frescoes at the Campo Santo Cemetery. Offically Camposanto Monumentale ,  Campo Santo was originally constructed to house the graves that were scattered ... Read more >


Still Leaning After All These Years

Tuesday, 5 Oct 2021 | Views [27]

EVEN THE THUNDER, LIGHTENING AND RAIN drumming on the skylight didn’t keep us from a good sleep. After breakfast we walked to the Field of Miracles where the famous Tower of Pisa still leans. As any freshman engineering student could tell you, ... Read more >


Photos: Pisa

Monday, 4 Oct 2021 | Photo Gallery


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We've Got A Ticket To Ride

Monday, 4 Oct 2021 | Views [26]

PISA IS ONLY AN HOUR BY TRAIN from Florence so most visitors make it a day trip as we did ten years ago. Now that we have more time, more money and more patience we decided to stay a while.              Worth ... Read more >


Finito Con Firenze—Finished With Florence

Sunday, 3 Oct 2021 | Views [24]

AN OLD WOODY ALLEN SCHTICK GOES “My wife is and atheist and I’m agnostic. We argue about which religion not to bring the children up in.” Like Woody I am a heathen without much use for religion.      Oppulence ... Read more >


More of Florence

Thursday, 30 Sep 2021 | Views [27]

THE CHURCH OF ORSANMICHELE HAS BEEN—in turn—part of a monestary, a granary, a church and a museum. Remnants like iron rings on the ceiling that once hoisted grain are reminders of its former life. During the Renaissance the various trade ... Read more >


Take A Look Around

Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 | Views [32]

WITH SO MUCH ART AND HISTORY in Florence you can forget life is taking place around you. Like Buck O’Neill, the famous Negro League baseball player once advised, “Son, in this life, you never walk by a red dress.”    ... Read more >


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