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Top Ten Things to do in Venice

Sep 15, 2015
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Here in no particular order, are my suggestions for the top ten things to do in Venice. 1. Buy A Vaporetto Pass Buy a vaporetto…

Tuscany Wine Tour – An Unforgettable Day Out

Feb 16, 2014
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Why do people love to visit Tuscany so much? Just mention the word “Tuscany” in certain circles and you are greeted with ecstatic sighs and…

Don’t Get Caught Dressing Like a Man

Feb 6, 2014
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While doing research for my novel The Towers of Tuscany, I can across a law that was on the books in Florence for a couple…

Sleeping Under the Tuscan Moon

Feb 3, 2014
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I love Tuscany so much that I named my novel after it! Europe is full of amazing sites, compelling history, gorgeous countryside, and yet there is…

Top Five Things to Do in San Gimignano

Jan 12, 2014
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San Gimignano – the Tuscan City of Towers! It’s an entrancing place and one that I love returning to again and again. I’ve visited San Gimignano…

The Most Beautiful Piazza in Europe: Il Campo in Siena

Jan 12, 2014
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First Stop in Siena The first stop for any visitor to Siena is the Piazza del Campo in the heart of the city. In a…

Palazzo Pubblico in Siena – Martini Frescoes

Jan 5, 2014
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In “The Towers of Tuscany,” my novel about a 14th Century woman painter (to be published in February 2014), the main character, Sofia Carelli, visits…

Siena!

Oct 11, 2011
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After breakfast this morning at the Villa Ducci in San Gimignano, I was treated to a tour down a medieval stone staircase that led from…

Another Day and More Towers

Oct 10, 2011
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Last night, I enjoyed dinner at the hotel (ravioli in walnut sauce – to die for) and had a good chat with the Dutch couple…

A Day in San Gimignano

Oct 9, 2011
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I have been looking forward to getting into San Gimignano ever since I started the novel about a year ago.  It felt amazing to finally…

At the Villa Ducci

Oct 8, 2011
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Here are my impressions, transcribed more or less verbatim, that I recorded after arriving at the Villa Ducci near San Gimignano. I am sitting on…

On My Way to San Gimignano

Oct 8, 2011
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One of the more dubious joys of traveling is getting from A to B on public transport. Sometimes, the trip is a dream of transport…

Masaccio Frescoes in Florence

Oct 8, 2011
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After breakfast in a breakfast room crowded with two tour groups – one British and one French–I headed out to see the Masaccio frescoes from…

Dawn Over Florence

Oct 8, 2011
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Last night I dropped into bed at 9:30 and slept like the dead until 6! Although my room overlooks the street and is literally about…

Palazzo Davanzati

Oct 7, 2011
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One of the sites I was really interested in seeing on this trip was the Palazzo Davanzati–a 14th century Florentine palazzo that has been preserved…