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The Elegant Villas of Lucca

December 16, 2014

About 300 villas are nestled in the hills between Pisa and Lucca. In 1805 the Villa Reale di Marlia was “created” by Napoleon’s sister, Elisa Bacciochi Bonaparte. She united the beautiful 16th century Villa Orsetti and the 17th century Bishop’s palace into a harmonious ensemble. While the villa is private,…

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End-of-year Musings

December 3, 2014

Two thousand fourteen has been a great year for Adagio Travel. The business grew substantially, proving again that Italy-lovers are seemingly immune to economic dips and continue to seek new and fascinating corners of the Bel Paese. Along with wonderful travel companion and chef extraordinaire Susan Eckis, we’ve perfected the…

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Pompeii and Herculaneum

November 23, 2014

The museums of Naples whet your appetite for the real thing, and you cannot miss being immersed into the ancient past by walking the roads of Pompeii and Herculaneum. I was most fascinated by the latter, perhaps because our guide was extremely well-informed and lively. Herculaneum was destroyed by the…

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Andrea Bocelli al Fresco–Summer 2015 in Tuscany

November 7, 2014

Fifteen fortunate couples will have the chance — and this may be the last chance — to enjoy seats in the Executive Section at Andrea Bocelli’s annual concert at the Teatro del Silenzio (“Theater of Silence”). A group of Adagio travelers visited this stunning space last month during our time…

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Sicily – A Cultural Mosaic

October 28, 2014

Where else do you see images like this one? Just returned from a week scouting out the best of the best in Sicily. Ragusa Ibla (pictured — the “old town” of this Baroque jewel) was just one of the stops. Our Splendors of Sicily trip in May 2015 includes a…

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TRAVERSING TUSCANY

October 7, 2014

Hard to pick a favorite experience after a fabulous week with a wonderful group of folks. We started with one of my top 10 things to do in Italy: visiting my friends Janet and Stefano in their peaceful abode just south of Florence. This year unfortunately we talked about how…

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