Couple cut commute, create tranquil workspace at home
Julie: The family room has terra cotta walls and a Tuscan gold accent wall. The rec room walls are neutral, but there's one accent wall that's a red clay color. The kitchen is Tuscan gold with cream accents. We painted the ceiling those Julie: In ...
April 10, 2015
Real Estate in Italy
A RESTORED THREE-BEDROOM VILLA IN THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE. $2,153,987 (1,880,000 EUROS). This three-bedroom three-bath villa, roughly equidistant from Florence and Arezzo, was built in the 17th century as a summer retreat for the nuns ...
February 25, 2015
B&B brings touch of Italy to PC
The dining room wall is covered by a mural of Italy hand-drawn by Deborah, classical Italian music is always playing, and a small garden near the bird sanctuary grows every herb imaginable and a few fruits are served with the three-course candlelit ...
March 9, 2015
The Best Way to Back Up Your Computer
On vacation in Italy with a fancy-pants camera, I saved gigabytes and gigabytes of Tuscan sunsets onto a new portable drive. It has more of a track record and a much larger clientele, and it offers all of the most important capabilities for $60. If ...
March 3, 2015
Joy Behar's Psychodrama and Her Apartment
Moving to a new apartment is an ideal opportunity to make a dream reality. With all those extra closets, the congenitally messy can finally impose order. Provided an airy new kitchen, the committed defroster can become an expert cook. And the sprawling ...
December 13, 2014
LA's Star-Studded Neighborhood
Mr. Santopietro says he was drawn to the sense of security and the relatively large lot sizes. “It's wonderful. Where can you get anything like this anywhere in the world?” He says he updates the interiors of his Tuscan-style villa, which has “eight ...
January 9, 2015
Costa Concordia Captain Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison
Testimony put the spotlight on errors by other crew and equipment malfunctions after the Concordia smashed into a jagged reef when Schettino steered the ship close to the Tuscan island's shoreline while passengers were having supper in the main dining ...
February 11, 2015
It’s close enough that we could actually spend Christmas morning at home opening gifts, then load up our stylin’ wagon and arrive by late afternoon. Instead we arrived at one of the most famously beautiful areas in the world after dark. Oh no, all those Tuscan hill towns are connected by skinny, twisty-turny roads, which are very exciting to drive for the first time at night. Because it was Christmas Day, a lone employee was planning to be in the office for a one hour window to check us in. I had called when we left to tell her when to expect us (nope, she didn’t speak English, so I compensated by repeating louder and... She had to leave to get her baby home and instead we arrived to a grumpy young farmhand leaning against a fence in the parking area. Our room in one of the renovated old farm buildings was lovely and simple. A little too simple for our amped up tastes as it had no radio or TV. Not that we were planning to spend the weekend watching TV, but it is nice background noise. Also, it turns out, farms after dark in winter are kind of a boring place to be (says the lazy American tourist). And tourist farms, even ones like this which had stunning views and a beautiful pool, are a bit empty on Christmas weekend.
I am very sad to leave Florence behind - two and a half days didn't really do it justice but we fit in everything that we could. Our first main day seeing the city was Thursday, my birthday, which was a gloriously sunny day in the high teens. We originally discounted the first place we saw as the fillings looked a little exotic only to realise our mistake a day later when we had to stop there for dinner as there was no time to have a proper sit down meal. There were only 13 sandwiches available but they were made of the finest quality meats and cheeses, and that combinations even worked, which was my primary fear and why I had rejected it the previous day. Indeed the sandwiches were so good, we ended up getting two each and making it our main meal while the Tuscan wine out of a wooden crate was not bad for £2 per plastic cup. The lady behind the bar was really chatty and friendly, while the quality of food yet again made me wonder whether there is anywhere in Italy that does bad food.
(Nayaswami Hriman McGilloway)
So, now we come to my last blog installment on our trip "In the footsteps of St. Francis. " We come, at last, to his hilltop retreat, La Verna, in the Tuscan hills. Two years before his death, St. Francis, while on retreat there, received the wounds of Jesus Christ upon his body. Francis was the first in history to receive this "grace" known as the "stigmata. " At another occasion, Jesus Christ appeared to Francis in the flesh and sat with him upon a rock and conversed. For these, and other, sacred events in Francis' life, La Verna has been a place of pilgrimage for eight centuries. Right before his death and as he left La Verna for the last time, he assigned to the brothers the duty to hold La Verna in perpetuity as a sacred place in memory of the blessings received there. We pilgrims have been progressing deeper and deeper into our souls on this trip: first the fun and inspiration and amazement of Rome and Florence.