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

Home Alone 6: Il Giorno del Ringraziamento

By now, those of you who prepped a domesticated meleagris for Thanksgiving have probably seen the last of its remains — finished off between two slices of bread covered in gravy (think open-face… Continue reading

Caption the Moment #5

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Country Roads: Underground in Perugia

Our Insight Vacations‘ (Insight) chariot, en route from Orvieto, comes to a stop in front of Perugia’s Sangallo Palace Hotel, a clean, comfortable and friendly four-star property that’ll be our base of operation… Continue reading

Country Roads: Touching the Sky in Orvieto

With a fun-filled couple of hours kneading dough and creating strands of tagliatelle pasta for lunch with The Etruscan Chef now (sadly) behind us, our band of merry media — guests of Insight… Continue reading