Fabulous Florence: From Fiesole to the Oltrarno

Florence always makes me happy! I lived here for a year in the late 80's and have been back at least a dozen times since. The city remains true to its impressive 15th century architecture, proud Florentine style, and mind-blowing Renaissance art. Here is my view from my home at the wonderful Il Saliviatino hotel, …

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Roman Holiday: Stunning Hotels, Vatican at Dawn, Ostia Antica & a Seaside Resort

Rome is the eternal city that travelers visit time and again, and somehow it never stops providing awe and joy! This trip I visited several of the city's top hotels to check out which are the best fit for our clients. Hotel Eden, located at the top of the Spanish steps, is part of the …

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Tuscany: Sun-Soaked Amore!

Tuscany is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in Europe and a place that I and many of my clients eagerly return to time and again. From world heritage hill towns such as Pienza and San Gimignano, to highly regarded wine-estates like Chianti to Montalcino to Montepulciano, to seaside villages from Grosetto to …

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The Italian Dolomites: Hut-to-Hut Ski Safari

The Dolomites - These UNESCO World Heritage mountains may be the most beautiful in Europe! Located in Northeastern Italy at the Austrian border where "guten morgen" works as well as "buongiorno," the gorgeous limestone peaks of the Dolomites wind through four ski resorts, seven centuries-old villages, and four mountain passes! As is typical with European skiing, …

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Southern Italy: Puglia and Basilicata

What a glorious region of Italy to discover! For those who have been to Italy multiple times and would like to get off the beaten path, the heel of Italy awaits! First stop was to Puglia, on the Southern Adriatic coast. This is a magical and authentic destination full of Italians and Europeans enjoying the beaches …

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Rome – The Eternal City

No matter how many times you go to Rome, nothing ever quite prepares you for the history! Ok, never mind that as my taxi driver drove by the Collesseum and his response to my, "Bellisima" was "I have been driving by the Collesseum for 45 fricking years" (picture thumb, index and middle finger joined together …

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Tuscany by Ferrari

I had the distinct pleasure of escorting 18 couples on a trip we lovingly called "Tuscany by Ferrari." We started at the boutique and swank, JK Place hotel in Florence located overlooking Santa Maria Novella - the piazza and the church.  Service is here is so personalized and spot on, it will be hard to …

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La Dolce Vita in the Amalfi Coast

In the travel business, the old saying goes that if you have not been in 10 years, then you have not been! With so many gorgeous and classic properties, both old and new, I recently spent several days touring the Amalfi coast checking out very special properties in Sorrento, Ravello, Amalfi, Praiano, and Positano. Here …

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