Country Roads: The Good Humor Man of San Gimignano

Now, where was I? Oh yeah, standing next to an ancient landmark in the middle of San Gimignano’s Piazza della Cisterna. I’m with my band of merry media. All 23 of us are guests… Continue reading

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Country Roads: Scraping the Skies of Medieval Italy

Long before Peter Minuit, the Director of New Netherland, a Dutch colony established in the New World, purchased the island of Manhattan from Native Americans in 1626, there was already a place back… Continue reading

Country Roads: Paparazzi at the Osteria

One of the drawbacks of being on tour as part of an international media group — we’re 23 strong and guests of Insight Vacations (Insight) on its abbreviated Country Roads of Italy journey through… Continue reading

Country Roads: Chianti pours forth from Fonterutoli

After catching some rays under the Tuscan sun around Cortona, our band of merry media — VIP guests on an abbreviated version of one of Insight Vacations‘ (Insight) Country Roads of Italy itineraries —… Continue reading

Country Roads: Under the Renovated Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun, the 2003 romantic-comedy movie (read, chick flick) loosely based on Frances Mayes’ 1996 memoir of the same name, stars Diane Lane as a recently divorced San Francisco writer who drops… Continue reading

Country Roads: Odometer Update #2

Before I call it a night, I need to quickly gather my thoughts — a bit hazy right now after today’s late afternoon-into-evening lunch-slash-feast; probably all the vino — so that I don’t… Continue reading

Country Roads: Linnertime in Spello

With the crumbs from the crunchy bruschetta, a simple centuries-old antipasto in this part of La Penisula, still dotting coats and jackets, our just-concluded visit to an Umbrian olive mill turned out to be literally… Continue reading

Country Roads: Picking out a Virgin in the Olive Groves

People pay good money to do what I’m doing right now: motoring around central Italy as a guest of Insight Vacations to sample a portion of one of its premier-escorted journeys into the… Continue reading

Country Roads: Saintly Assisi

Two night’s sleep and one-and-a-half days of touring now in the rearview mirror, our band of merry media — guests of Insight Vacations‘ “Country Roads of Italy” journey around Umbria and Tuscany —… Continue reading

Country Roads: Odometer Update

So much to see and so little time to blog about my media imbed on Insight Vacations‘ “Country Roads of Italy” journey around Umbria and Tuscany. In less than 48 hours, I’ve experienced… Continue reading