Category Archives: Tuscany

Paradise in Tuscany: Villa Bordoni

I’ve been hungry for chicken fricassee (fricassee di pollo) for the past couple of days. When I think of chicken fricassee, I remember the four magical days that Michael, his brother (Charlie), and I spent last September at Villa Bordoni on a hill just west of Greve-in-Chianti. I … Continue reading

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Winter in Tuscany 2013: Visiting Montalcino and Tasting Brunello

If you like bold Italian red wine on the order of a pinot noir, you have probably tasted Brunello di Montalcino, made from the sangiovese grape. How the sangiovese grape can taste so different within such a small geographical area … Continue reading

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Winter in Tuscany 2013: Pienza

We went to Pienza with our daughter and her fiancé one Sunday last October. We didn’t see much of Pienza then because we arrived in mid-afternoon and many restaurants close after lunch on Sunday. We succeeded in eating, but I wanted … Continue reading

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Winter in Tuscany 2012: A Cold, Rainy Tuesday in Florence

We all want perfect weather when we go on vacation, but what happens if it’s cold and rainy and you’re in a special place, like Florence, Italy? Follow this Michelangelo-heavy itinerary, and you’ll scarcely notice the rain (wear thermal socks and … Continue reading

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Winter in Tuscany 2012: Monday in Florence

Our daughter Kate came to Italy for vacation the first week of December. She flew to Rome and stayed a couple of days because she said that she couldn’t visit Italy without eating pizza at Dar Poeta (I don’t blame … Continue reading

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Fall in Tuscany 2012: Monteriggioni

On our way home from Tuscany in mid-October, we stopped at Monteriggioni, which from my very first glimpse became one of my favorite places in Tuscany. The receptionist at Borgo di Pietrafitta, where we stayed, lives in Monteriggioni and told us that it is … Continue reading

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Fall in Tuscany 2012: Certaldo

Michael’s colleague who told us about Pienza also suggested stopping in Certaldo, so after we dropped Al and Mitch at the train station in Florence, we meandered slowly southwest and stopped in Certaldo for lunch. Certaldo has two parts: the medieval walled … Continue reading

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