Tuscany

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Nothing is better than tasting a good wine in the place where it’s made. You get a whole new level of understanding of the process and poetry—and you’re usually on vacation, relaxed enough to truly appreciate and enjoy what’s in the glass. If t...
For Radmila Karlić, a day’s work means leading her dogs into the dense Motovun forest of Istria, Croatia, to hunt for truffles. She carries a small shovel, ready to dig up the edible treasures the dogs sniff at the roots of the towering oak trees....
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Surely you’ve played this game: Are you a hotel person, or an inn person? My answer has always been firm: I am not an inn person. The homey rooms, the cheerful “And what did you do today?” every time you come through the door, the enthusiastic sh...
Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Florence, Tuscany; May 2–June 24 This year, the country’s most important classical festival honors the 200th birthdays of Verdi and Wagner. Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado—the current and former musica...
Across Europe Abercrombie & Kent Villas Best For: Excursions; local staff; user-friendly website Five decades of experience as a luxury travel operator gave A&K a healthy head start with its 135-property villa-rental offshoot, which launched in...
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Trekking, Walking, and Biking Alpine Ascents Adrenaline-inducing mountaineering trips that tackle the world’s tallest peaks, including less extreme itineraries such as a seven-day hike up Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. 206/378-1927. T+L Trip...
According to locals, the true heart of the Maremma runs along the Tyrrhenian coast, from Grosseto to Capalbio, and 30 miles inland to Mount Amiata. A hub for stylish new hotels and restaurants, it is also, I recently discovered, one of the most un...
Venice: On the Campo San Zanipolo, look out for the rounded pediments that adorn the elegant 15th-century façade of Scuola Grande di San Marco, by Pietro Lombardo and Mauro Codussi. Marble reliefs of lions gaze out at the incomparable 1480’s eques...
John Phillips was only looking for a villa. That he wound up with a village says something about the scale of his enthusiasms, his impetuous streak, and the curious state of the Italian countryside at the beginning of the 21st century. But really,...
Looking Back on Bodrum Peter Jon Lindberg’s “Touring Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula” was most interesting to me, but the glamorous beach resort he describes is not the Bodrum I remember: I arrived there on a sailboat while traveling with a friend from...
Pisa, Italy Designer Cecilia Iacobelli and chocolatier Paul de Bondt, husband-and-wife team behind Pisa’s De Bondt Chocolate: “This place is so much more than the Leaning Tower. There’s also a buzzing food and art scene.” 8 a.m.: The couple star...
Rich, pretty Lucca. What shall we do with you? Surveying the Lucchese skyline from one of the handful of remaining medieval towers above the city, you’ll see a sea of low-lying ocher roofs, bounded by regiments of evergreens, bounded in turn by m...
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