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When Traveling to Tuscany, why Pisa?

February 12, 2015

Next time you’re planning a trip to Italy, consider flying into Pisa. During the summer months, airlines often serve Pisa with non-stop flights from the US, making it even more convenient for many travelers than flying into Florence. Pisa is the perfect starting point to explore the delightful city itself,…

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Custom Travel: The Value of a Private Guide

January 28, 2015

One of the most underrated services a travel consultant can provide in Italy is a private guide. Adagio Travel works with only the best guides, all with advanced degrees, excellent English skills, and an unmatched love for their corner of Italy. Matching clients with the right guide is a service…

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Winter Warmers from Tuscany

January 23, 2015

We have such FABULOUS local guides in Italy! On my Traversing Tuscany trip last fall, I had to take a day off to accompany a client to the hospital for a minor injury. I left the rest of the group in the capable hands of the staff at Pratello Country…

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Real Travel

January 14, 2015

I’ve tabled this week’s draft blog for some thoughts related to the recent series of attacks in locations around the world. Many are familiar with Mark Twain’s idea that travel dispels bigotry and narrow-mindedness. In his day, one had no choice but to “fully immerse” in a destination. Today, it…

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ITALY AND THE WORLD LOSE A GREAT MUSICIAN

January 9, 2015

The world lost a great singer-songwriter this week: Pino Daniele (March 19, 1955-January 4, 2015). Born into a blue collar Neopolitan family and a self-taught guitarist, Daniele creatively debuted in the Italian music world in 1977 with the album Terra mia, which proved to be a successful mix of Neapolitan…

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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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