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Visiting one of Italy’s Lesser-known Wine Regions: Monferrato

Visiting one of Italy’s Lesser-known Wine Regions: Monferrato

Yeah, it’s no surprise by now that I like to drink wine, but in all honesty, I’d rather be exploring wine regions than actually imbibing. There’s one thing all wine regions have in common – beauty. But whether it’s Napa, Tuscany, Bordeaux, or lesser known […]

Tuscany or Umbria: Which is best for wine tastings in Italy?

Tuscany or Umbria: Which is best for wine tastings in Italy?

I love wine and I love to travel. So what could be better than combining the two with wine tastings in Italy? Just like culinary travel and adventure travel, wine travel is gaining popularity. Wine travel offers enthusiasts the opportunity to truly experience the wine […]

The alpine lodge you must see in Courmayeur Italy

The alpine lodge you must see in Courmayeur Italy

Right along the Italy-France border in the Val d’Aosta region in Courmayeur, a destination popular with celebrities, sits the tiny little town of Entrèves. And in this tiny hamlet, is one of my favorite European hotels. Auberge de le Maison, a cozy little alpine chalet […]

The best trip for foodies: Truffle hunting in Italy

The best trip for foodies: Truffle hunting in Italy

My bucket list keeps growing and growing. And yes, it all seems to revolve around some experience featuring food, wine and travel. I recently added “truffle hunting in Le Marche” to my list. This, after I encountered Moreno of Le Marche Holidays.   Moreno’s company […]

Milan: The Perfect Day

Milan: The Perfect Day

I lived in Milan for more than two years and despite its reputation as a high powered business destination, there really are a few great sites to see. For most, it’s just a layover destination as they connect to Venice or Florence. But here are […]

Tuscany Farm Accommodations: Consider an Agriturismo

Tuscany Farm Accommodations: Consider an Agriturismo

When I was living in Italy as an expat, Tuscany became our escape from the hectic and hurried life of Milan. After a few visits, we considered ourselves “locals”, so staying in a tourist hotel was beneath us. That’s when I discovered the Tuscany agriturismo culture.  […]



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