Lucca, Pisa and the Garfagnana

In 2015 my sister and I visited this area for the first time.  We had been in Provence and the Cote d’Azur and after dropping off our car in Nice (a story for another blog) we trained it to Ventimiglia and then to Genoa where we spent the night at a nice hotel across from […]

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Montalcino and Southern Tuscany

I first saw Montalcino from the seat of a bike grinding up the switchbacks from the valley below, on the road from Buonconvento.  I don’t know about the rest of our group but I was sweating and dying.  But when we got to the town and sat in a little park or open space along […]

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Where to stay

Apartments or hotels? Before I write about some of my favorite hotels,  I want to comment on the growing trend to stay in apartments typically through VRBO or Air BnB. During our 2015 trip in France and Italy we met several people who were staying in apartments and they were all enthusiastic about the experience. […]

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