Tips and Articles for Tuscany

David Cicconi

Only on the web: More Responses to Our Parents' Poll QuestionTony Hawk CHAMPION SKATEBOARDER My three boys [Riley, 12, Spencer, 5, and Keegan, 2] and... Read More

For years travelers asked no more of Tuscany than its light and landscape, its Renaissance legacy, its food and wine. If the hotels were a bit low on... Read More

Big Style, Big EasyIf New Orleans is the best place in the country to party, then International House is the best place to sleep it off. A pale taupe... Read More

q. We'd like to go on a literary tour of the English countryside. -- M.W., Denver, Colo. a. If such sites as Virginia Woolf's Knole House, Vita... Read More

I felt a little sheepish going to Tuscany...again. But it's where I wanted to be. Anyway, no one, no matter how well traveled, admonishes, "Oh, forget... Read More

Along with Alessi lemon squeezers, Loro Piana cashmere, and Cipriani pasta, water is one of Italy's top draws. Hoteliers figured this out a long time... Read More

ON A SUNDAY NIGHT IN MID-NOVEMBER, the members of the coming week's class at the Capezzana Wine & Culinary Center, which offers cooking courses in... Read More

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... Read More

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,... Read More

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... Read More

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,... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Tua RitaThis hillside estate in Suvereto produces an inky Merlot calledRedigaffi that has a cult-like following. 81 Località Notri, Suvereto; 39-0565... Read More

LuccaAlong with its famous oval-shaped Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, the walled city of Lucca has a network of sleepy alleyways—perfect for exploring by... Read More

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... Read More

Intimate Rural Retreat: Villa BordoniOverviewA Renaissance-era estate overlooking Chianti’s rolling vineyards and terraced olive groves, two miles from... Read More

ArezzoWith its rough-hewn ceiling, vintage cupboard wall hangings, and 1950’s furnishings, Le Chiavi d’Oro (7 Piazza San Francesco; 39-0575/ 403-313;... Read More

Designer LabelsSo named for its one-stop shopping experience, The Mall (8 Via Europa, Leccio; 39-055/865-7775; themall.it) is Tuscany’s most... Read More

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... Read More

It's hard to live in Italy for 15 years without fine-tuning your shopping antennae. And for true hunter-gatherers (like me), Tuscany is the country's... Read More

Edited by Amy FarleyWe partnered with Conservation International to develop a comprehensive green-hotel assessment test to learn what properties around... Read More

TOWER OF PISA FINDS ITS FOOTING Officials Plan a Dubious DebutPisa's landmark campanile is finally on solid ground. On June 17, a preview and gala is... Read More

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