What's Was New in 2010 - Archives

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December 2010

Newsletter

Italy

  • Colleen's Window on Italy - Buona Festa: A party to celebrate the "completion" of L'Antica Vetreria.

November 2010

Italy

  • Rebecca's View - Festa della Cipolla: If I only had one summer left to live and had to choose a single last sagra to attend, (Yes, I realize it's an unlikely scenario. Humor me.) I would choose Cannara's over-the-top-out-of-control-mother-of-all-sagras Festa della Cipolla at the beginning of September.
  • Common Misperceptions About Travel in Italy: Here are some of the most common misperceptions we've encountered in our many years of managing vacation rental properties in Italy.

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October 2010

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September 2010

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Portugal

Italy

  • On the Land in Umbria - Bevagna's Mercato delle Gaite: Anne shares her experience visiting this medieval festival that takes place at the end of June.
  • Window on Italy - A Visit to Gubbio: Colleen tells the story of a visit to Gubbio filled with rain, hail, thunder and rainbows.
  • On the Land in Umbria - Pasta al Vero Pesto: How to make real Genovese pesto and pasta
  • Slow Masters - Roberto Ugolini: shoemaker in Florence

August 2010

Croatia

  • A Day Sail on the Adriatic: My husband and I wanted a day away from the crowds in Split on a recent trip to Croatia. It was the halfway point in our two week holiday, and we wanted to relax and enjoy the sea. We booked a day sailing trip on a 50 foot sailing yacht.

Thailand

  • Advice for Visitors to Chiang Mai: Amidst the rolling foot hills of the Himalayan Mountains some 800 kilometers north of Bangkok is the culturally rich city of Chiang Mai, the longest continuously lived in settlement from the ancient days of Siam.

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Spain

  • Spanish Language & Walking Holiday: At the end of our three-month stay in the Spanish Basque country, we spent a week on a Pyrenean Experience walking and Spanish language course ... The basic program is walking in the mornings, lunch, a siesta, language lessons, then dinner, with one day left free to explore the area independently.

Italy

  • Studying Italian in Bologna with Bolognalingua: Andrea Quarantotto and Bolognalingua! This was the perfect program for me!
  • Time with Peter Kilby: With that in mind, my husband and I both consider ourselves extremely lucky to have spent time touring with Peter Kilby.
  • Eat, Pray, Love Italy Accommodation Tips: We know what it is like to travel alone in Italy, below are a few helpful tips for planning a solo journey to Italy and for finding a vacation rental property that will meet your needs.
  • Rebecca's View - How to Beat the Heat in Umbria: During the dog days of summer there's no reason you should be living a dog’s life in the heat. Here are some suggestions to keep your temperature down on even the hottest summer days.
  • Slow Masters - L'Inganno - Dipinto in Chianti: Rose's work is unique, exquisitely detailed and beautiful. More often than not you will find her door shut as she will be busy at some nearby villa or establishment creating her one of a kind wall murals, decorative doors and other interior decoration effects.
  • Slow Masters - Bottega del Rame: Bottega del Rame is the lifework of Cesare Mazzetti in Montepulciano. Sr. Mazetti learned the craft of working with copper and brass from his father and grandfather.
  • Slow Masters - La Luna Buona: Some days you hit upon experiences that peel layers back from your heart and expose your emotions. Things don't always start out that way; they can start out innocuously, with a simple appointment to taste some goat cheese at a small producer in the hills of Northern Italy.

July 2010

Newsletter

Italy

  • Slow Masters - Brozzetti Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano: The demand for superior quality cloth has declined in step with the decline of the traditional corredo, which is both a shame and what makes Brozzetti Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano (or weaving workshop) in Perugia so unique and so worth a visit.
  • Slow Masters - Bottega di Bozzi Anna Maria: Montottone hosted, until just after WWII, 48 pottery producers that created pots, jugs and all sort of earthware vessels for the entire area. This tradition is currently still pursued by the Bozzi family.
  • Slow Masters - La Bottega di Mastro Antonucci: While spending two days in Camogli in November 2008, we noticed a woodcarver's shop with nice objects on display...
  • Slow Masters: Artisans in Italy - Introduction: a series of articles highlighting Artisans across all regions of Italy and all type of craft (e.g., ceramics, wood, cloth and food)
  • Diana's Piemonte - Stories and Reflections from the Hill: Another new series from Diana Strinati Bauer as she shares her life experiences while running a B&B in Italy. The first article in the series is Living My Fantasy.
  • Under €40 Crowd: A new series of articles by Diana Strinati Baur focusing on restaurants serving exceptionally good food and wine in the Piemonte (Piedmont) wine region for under €40 per person. The first article in the series focuses on Ca di Facelli.
  • Rebecca's View: 5 Tips for Visiting Umbria: Want more bang for your buck? Here are five tips to ensure you squeeze Umbria like a lemon, and make the most of every drop!

June 2010

Newsletter

Italy

  • Rebecca's View: Extreme Sports in Umbria ... Wild Asparagus: Listen, to have any street cred at all, a hobby has to generate that frisson of excitement that only comes with the knowledge that you may end up either dead or seriously maimed.

UK

France

USA

  • Touring Yankee Stadium: Why just visit a game, when you can take a tour and see the museum, Monument Park, sit in the dugout and more!

May 2010

Newsletter

Italy

  • Rebecca's View: Italian Easter Eggs - I think there is a moment in life when you realize you have finally, after many close shaves, hit bottom.
  • Rebecca's View: Torta di Pasqua - Each year, right around Easter, I am reminded of this deep love I harbor which surfaces in a cyclical fashion with the coming of spring.
  • Naples Book List: Recommended books, including guides, fiction and historical to help you prepare for and enjoy your trip to Naples.
  • Colleen's Window on Italy: In Lea's Kitchen - Colleen gives us the "secrets" of making and some history behind Strangozzi (or is it Pici?).

April 2010

Newsletter

Italy

  • Rebecca's View: Rafting in Umbria - highlighting companies that offer river rafting trips in Umbria.
  • Colleen's Window on Italy: Patience is not my Virtue - Colleen tells the story of her encounter with her commune while trying to get a leak fixed.

March 2010

Newsletter

Italy

  • Colleen's Window on Italy: Corpus Domini - Colleen shares her first-time experience with the celebration of Corpus Domini with us.
  • Colleen's Window on Italy: Arezzo Antique Fair - Colleen spends a day exploring the monthly fair with her friend.
  • Colleen's Window on Italy: Introduction - Colleen and her husband renovated an ancient glassworks and turned it into several vacation rental apartments and a villa. Here's an introduction to them and their story.
  • Rebecca's View: Shopping in Assisi and Environs - guide to some non-touristy places to do your shopping.
  • Tuscan Olive Harvest: the author spends several days helping with the Olive Harvest on a Tuscan farm, via Wwoof.

Spain

  • Galician Aguardiente: Learn about this spirit made from the residual of the wine making process.
  • Wines from Galicia: Guide to the different varietals produced in the Galicia region of Spain.

February 2010

Newsletter

Spain

  • El Valle, Asturias: Introduction to this hidden gem filled with local color, mountain walks, skiing, coastal villages, beautiful shoreline and more.

New Zealand

US

Italy

UK

  • Southeast England: Travel guide to the area highlighting historic and stately homes, gardens, walks, museums, ruins and other historic sites.

January 2010

UK

Newsletter

Italy

  • Glorious Fatigue on Monte Rosa: Impressions of trek to Europe's second highest peak
  • On the Land in Umbria: Umbria Brings in May: We had no idea what was happening since the cantarmaggio ("singing in May") tradition has no roots in Sicily (Pino is from Palermo) and certainly not in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

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