Saturday, February 26, 2011

Do You Need Another Reason to go to Italy this Year?

Just a reminder, only one month left to get the "early bird discount" for our Chianti to the Coast trip in September.  See website for more details.

In case you need another reason to get yourself to Italy this year, my friend Erin is leading a beautiful retreat
in Italy in July.  It is called Eat, Pray, Move.  Don't you love the name?  It involves all of my favorite things to do, and if I could be there in July, too, I would sign up.  Besides Erin's inspiring yoga classes, you can visit historical Tuscan towns, visit a spa and eat incredible dishes both at the villa and at some typical restaurants.  The accommodations are at a beautifully restored countryside villa on the Tuscan-Umbrian border owned by a lovely couple from England whom I met in the blogosphere several years ago.  And Erin herself really knows this area of Italy, having studied and lived here for over a year.  Her understanding of Italian culture, language and her connections with the locals will make this trip a learning and fun experience for all.  Check out the trip details here.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Tuscany Trip Announced!

Chef Leonardo Curti
I am thrilled to announce a new Tuscany tour, this one for September 5-11, 2011 called "Chianti to the Coast."  I will be co-leading this tour with Chef Leonardo Curti of Trattoria Grappolo and the focus will be on food and wine, of course!  We decided to hit some of our favorite spots in the heart of Tuscany - Chianti, Montalcino, Cortona, Radda, and then head over to the Bolgheri region on the coast.  This is an area of Tuscany that most tourists by-pass and they shouldn't.  It has rugged, beautiful mountains, inviting beaches and it is the home of the world-famous Super Tuscan wines.

We have planned some exciting events like two top-notched cooking classes with local experts, winery appointments at "hard-to-get-into wineries", a visit to a world-famous butcher in Chianti and more!  And with a maximum of 14 people, we have insured all participants of an intimate experience.

Please go to my website for a more detailed itinerary and further information.