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Italy Travel: 4 Reasons to Stay in a Private Villa

Italy Travel: 4 Reasons to Stay in a Private Villa

As much as I travel, I still find it very taxing to wade through all of the hotel reviews to really get a feel for the comfort of the accommodations. And the catalog of Italy rentals is overwhelming. On this last trip to Umbria, we decided […]

A Toast to Travel: Tuscany Food and Wine Trips

A Toast to Travel: Tuscany Food and Wine Trips

A Toast to Travel is proud to announce the launch of two new travel experiences, offering uniquely curated wine and cooking-focused trips throughout Tuscany. Catering to travel enthusiasts, wine lovers, foodies and adventurers alike, A Toast to Travel is a one-stop-shop for those who want […]

36 Hours in Milan

36 Hours in Milan

Since I lived in Milan, I often get asked, “What are the top attractions I should see in Milan?” Milan may be the world’s fashion capital but there’s much more to this city than haute couture. Milan is home to some of Italy’s most famous architecture […]

Lake Como’s Breathtaking Rival: Lago Maggiore

Lake Como’s Breathtaking Rival: Lago Maggiore

When I lived in Italy, my favorite day trip was to Lago Maggiore. While most of our visitors begged to visit the iconic Lake Como, I always insisted a trip to Lake Maggiore would not disappoint. And it never did. While most visitors to Northern […]

4 Reasons to Stay at an Agriturismo in Italy

4 Reasons to Stay at an Agriturismo in Italy

People are “flocking” to the countryside of Tuscany and Umbria (pun intended) to experience the typical Italian lifestyle, and also to escape the tourists. And instead of choosing traditional hotel accommodations, which are sparse in this part of the country, they’re opting to stay at […]

Italy trip planning: Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Umbria

Italy trip planning: Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Umbria

Because I lived in Italy, people are always asking for my advice on where to go and what to see in their Italy trip planning. I pulled several emails I’ve sent over the years and culled all of my advice into this post. The first […]



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