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Market Hopping

  • May 27, 2019
Italian Market tomatoes

Spring is prime time for checking out food markets in Italy! The grey of winter slowly bows out while the bright, sunny colors of spring are competing for prime spots at local markets. People come with empty baskets on a mission to leave with them spilling over for the walk home. These are the markets you can’t help but photograph. I enjoy these markets not only for their beauty, but…

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The Art of the Aperitivo

  • April 27, 2019
Negroni

You may have heard of the Italian tradition of the aperitivo, but what is it? I recently went on an “Aperitivo Tour” while in Florence to gain some insight and get a real Florentine perspective on what it means. You could compare it to the American Happy Hour but that would be selling it short. It is a tradition observed all around Italy that serves as an “opener” to your…

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Luxury Shopping Anyone?

  • April 15, 2019
Moncler

Luxury Outlet Mall may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you visit Tuscany, however with an education in fashion design and a love of shopping, how could I resist? I first came across The Mall a few years ago, it’s located in Leccio (about 40 minutes outside Florence). At that time it was truly an outlet of luxury brands – you had to dig through a…

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Making Friends Along the Way

  • April 9, 2019
musician

Do you ever return from a trip and think to yourself how it was so much more than you expected? Not necessarily because the hotel was clean or the view was great but because of the people you meet and spend time with. One of the things I enjoy most about traveling is meeting people and making new friends. It’s true wherever I go, whether I’m overseas or only a…

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The Best Mountain Biking in Tuscany

  • April 8, 2019
Tommaso Tuscany

I’ll be honest, I don’t even bike at home but when tour guides Tommaso and Kerri finally convinced me to go on a ride with them through the Tuscan hills, it was a ride I will never forget! We started out renting electric bikes from a company in San Casciano, just a few miles outside Florence. The owner was super helpful making sure we had the right bike for our…

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The Best of Tuscany!

  • March 11, 2019
Montalcino, Tuscany

When my friend Tommaso asked me to accompany him on one of his tours last year I was really excited but also a little apprehensive, “would I enjoy Tuscany as much if I wasn’t making my own arrangements? I’m not used to keeping to a schedule so would I be exhausted by dinner time?” Now of course I didn’t tell him any of this, I wanted to experience this tour…

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Trip Planning

  • February 27, 2019
trip planning/bellaviatours

Are you a fan of trip planning? I personally love to plan but it can also be overwhelming and a lot of work: What cities to visit? How much time to spend in each location? Public transportation or car rental? Hotels Tickets to museums or events Where to eat? What will the weather be like? How to pack? The great news is that if you want to plan your trip…

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Can you sleep on a flight?

  • February 17, 2019
bellaviatours/flight board

I’m going to let you in on a little secret…I do NOT like to fly! For many years it was a phobia that really took a hold on my life. There was a period more than 20 years ago when I did not fly at all, I think it lasted about 8 years. Then I signed up for a “Fear of Flying” course. It took place over 3 weekends and…

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Why Italia?

  • February 9, 2019
Streets of Italy

People ask me, why do you keep going back to Italy? Why not explore other places? Although I have been to a few other countries, I always include Italy as a part of my travel when I can. Instead of Why? I always think Why Not? It’s hard to explain but it’s a feeling I get when I’m there – like I belong, like I’m home. The people; Italians are…

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Planning a trip to Italy?

  • February 9, 2019
Italy/Florence

Trip planning can be overwhelming – especially in another country. I know people that have always wanted to go on a European vacation but really didn’t know where to start. This is where we can help! I want to introduce you to my friends Kerri and Tommaso. They are both tour guides that specialize in Italy – Kerri has been running an Italian Tour Business for many years and Tommaso…

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