Volterra is my favorite Tuscan hill-town. Its cute, cobbled streets, medieval ambiance, old town hall, good food and great wine, will tug at your heart and make you want to stay for an extra day…or week! Click the picture to watch the video.
La Vena di Vino
La Vena di Vino is a “one-of-a-kind” bar. Owners Bruno and Lucio serve fine Italian wine, great antipasti cold cuts and plenty of ambiance. I am lucky to count them as my friends. Francesco, another friend and local wine expert, meets all my groups for an informative wine tasting. Invariably, we are all self-proclaimed experts after the lesson. Salute! Click the picture to watch the video.
San Lorenzo Market
The San Lorenzo Market in Florence has been bustling for decades. Each day, vendors roll out their carts loaded with leather, clothing, pottery and jewelry. This outdoor market is a great place to browse and buy. Be sure to visit all the carts before making your purchase… and yes, it is ok to haggle over the price a little. Click the picture to watch the video.
Venice off the Beaten Path
Venice has been entertaining tourist for several centuries and they all flock to the same squares, bridges and shops. Venturing just 100 yards away from the busy tourist sights will put you in the heart of Venice’s neighborhoods where real families work, drink, play and eat. Click the picture to watch the video.
The Venetian Arsenal
The Venetians had a mighty naval presence during their heyday. Situated at the crossroads between Europe and the East, there was a lot of maritime trade passing through. The Venetian Arsenale was built in 1104 and was the largest industrial complex in the world for centuries. Click the picture to watch the video.
The St. Elena neighborhood is on the quiet side of Venice. Off the beaten tourist path, it offers a peek into a well-loved community in the Castello part of Venice. Located only about a half-mile from Piazza San Marco… but oh, so very different! Click the picture to watch the video.
Bolzano is located in the Alto Adige region of Italy and is actually more German than Italian. Cool weather, soaring mountains and Austro-Hungarian decor. This is the perfect stop to make a cultural transition between Italy and Austria. Bolzano is also home to Ötzi the “Iceman”, a well-preserved mummy dating from 3300 B.C. You’ll see him near the end of this video. Click the picture to watch.
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