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September 2009

The first and last “mile” to Le Torri

Here are a couple of fun clips we made in our last day in Tuscany. These are the last “mile” to and from our lovely apartment at Le Torri. It was always fun (more for me I’ll admit) that last segment before we arrived, or the first segment as we headed out. It IS as […]


I finished taking a scan through the 1,100 pictures I took on this trip. I have uploaded four albums into my Picasa account and they are now linked on my Selected Photos tab. If you are interested, take a look. All thumbnails can be expanded.


Lake Como is much different than any of the places we have visited in Italy. It defies easy or simple definition. The surrounding area reminds me a bit of upstate New York with its deep lakes, steep inclines and dense vegetation. However, there are a number of differences. A few include: The Swiss Alps aren’t […]

Cinque Terre

Le Cinque Terre is made up of five ancient towns within a 5 kilometer stretch of coast along the Ligurian Sea. These towns retain their original charm and authenticity due, in large part, to the designation of the entire area as a world habitat site by UNESCO. The surrounding lands are a national park and […]


We are now in Liguria, on the Mediterranean coast in a small town called Portovenere. Our original plan was to stay in one of the towns of Cinque Terre but we could not find a room. We were lucky to find a place here (Thanks to Sandy from Travel Leaders)! In the end, I am […]


For our last day in Tuscany we debated between Cortona (e.g. Frances Mayes – Under the Tuscan Sun) and Volterra (another of the primary Etruscan cities). Volterra won. It was closer, it had fewer tourists. We enjoyed it a lot. Not as much as Sienna, but more than Montepulciano. It was certainly classically Tuscan with […]


The second stop of the day on our wine excursion was Montalcino, Home of Brunello di Montalcino – one of our favorite Italian wines. After having been to Siena, Monteriggioni, or even Certaldo Alto, if you came here for the architecture you were not going to get wowed. Here is the Duomo from the side. […]


There were really two reasons for us to visit this city. One was Rosso di Montalcino, the other Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Both are hearty Italian reds. We were interested in taking in the old Etruscan and Roman history and architecture along the way. We enjoyed the city and had a glass of Vino di […]

Finding one’s way

About fourteen years ago we visited northern Italy (Genoa, Pisa, Firenze) and southern France (Aix en Provence, Bonnieux, St. Paul de Vence, Chateauneuf du Pape). Finding your way through an old town like Aix with a spouse navigating with a map can be a real test of a marriage. I do not recommend it. The […]

Le Torri Dinner

Wednesday night was the night of the traditional Le Torri dinner. The Cantini family (papa Paolo, mama Maria Pia and our host, son Gabriele) not only welcomed us with a beautiful buffet on Saturday when we arrived, but also offered a dinner mid-week that we happily did not pass up! We don’t have photos of […]