Tuscany

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In Slovenia's Capital I spent two years stationed at Aviano Air Base in Italy, during which time I became an adopted Slovene and Ljubljancan, so I was happy to see Robert S. Boynton's "Is Ljubljana the Next Prague?" [August]. For years, the city...
For us, no souvenir is sexier than a taste of something discovered on our travels--farmhouse goat cheese from the Pyrenees, Isle of Skye smoked salmon, a rose-colored soft drink from Ladakh, India. But who wants to lug such delicacies home?A stink...
ALEXANDRA PENNEY, author of How to Make Love to a Man and Sexiest Sex of AllPlanning a trip for my fiancé's 50th birthday (at the time he was just my boyfriend), I asked him whether he preferred Venice or Paris. A surfer, he wanted to go where the...
I was balanced on a scaffold staring into King Solomon’s face, at cracked plaster and peeling paint, close enough to touch the 15th-century fresco, though I wouldn’t have dared. The restorers, who were cleaning and retouching it, were taking a lun...
Groucho Marx once said, "I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member." Frankly, I’m with Groucho—with a possible exception for destination clubs. After a freak accident trashed my family’s weekend home, resulting in frustratin...
I was 19 when I woke up one morning in a Tuscan casa colonica—a classic 18th-century stone farmhouse designed to shelter a large family on the second floor and its beasts in the arched stalls below. It stood on a terrace beneath the medieval hill ...
I dragged myself kicking to the most beautiful new spa in the world, the Terme de' Medici, in the most beautiful place in the world, the Val d'Orcia, in Tuscany, little knowing I would have to add a yearly stay there to my short list of essential ...
Until recently, travelers looking for first-class accommodations in Siena had to stay in the countryside—or wrangle an invitation to a private villa. At last, there's a lavish option in the heart of town: the Grand Hotel Continental, in a converte...
Tua Rita This hillside estate in Suvereto produces an inky Merlot called Redigaffi that has a cult-like following. 81 Località Notri, Suvereto; 39-0565/829-237; tuarita.it. Tenuta Dell’ Ornellaia The Cabernet-dominated Ornellaia has the big na...
Lucca Along with its famous oval-shaped Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, the walled city of Lucca has a network of sleepy alleyways—perfect for exploring by bicycle. This August, the city holds an opera festival, in honor of the 150th birthday of the city...
There’s a type of traveler who, on the subject of Tuscany, offers up the party line: “It may be beautiful, but it’s too discovered,” which happens to be the best way to elicit discerning smiles from those who truly know the area—the chic Romans an...
Intimate Rural Retreat: Villa Bordoni Overview A Renaissance-era estate overlooking Chianti’s rolling vineyards and terraced olive groves, two miles from the market town of Greve. Highlights Whimsical details (lampshades fashioned from iron ba...
Arezzo With its rough-hewn ceiling, vintage cupboard wall hangings, and 1950’s furnishings, Le Chiavi d’Oro (7 Piazza San Francesco; 39-0575/ 403-313; dinner for two $150) wins the prize for the region’s most outlandishly decorated restaurant. C...
Designer Labels So named for its one-stop shopping experience, The Mall (8 Via Europa, Leccio; 39-055/865-7775; themall.it) is Tuscany’s most exclusive outlet complex. Here, you’ll find more than 20 boutiques—Gucci, Pucci, and Marni, to name a...
A quiet town in Lucca province, Pietrasanta has served as a sanctuary for international sculptors and artists for six centuries. It was here, in the lofty quarters of the city’s palazzi, that Michelangelo, Henry Moore, and, more recently, Fernand...