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Authentic Tuscany: Insider Travel

Written by Eva Stelzer on . Posted in Chianti, Tuscany and Umbria, Florence, Foodie Escapes, Go Active, Inspirations, Italy, Italy, Italy Popular Walks, Trips

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Highlights of Authentic Tuscany

  • Discover Florence from an insider’s view, including the Ponte Vecchio, Brunelleschi’s Duomo, Michelangelo’s works, and hidden medieval family towers.
  • Stroll through the Renaissance town of Pienza.
  • Meander through the ancient streets and alleys of the medieval towns of Siena, Montepulciano and Cortona.
  • Sip a glass of world-class Brunello wine.
  • Walk in the hills around Montalcino and take in the sweeping vistas of the Val d’Orcia.
  • Cook an authentic mouth-watering Tuscan dinner.
  • Learn about the ancient Etruscans.

Tuscany-Umbria Sojourn

Trip package in Chianti, Tuscany and Umbria, Italy, Italy Popular Walks, Trips

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Highlights of Tuscany-Umbria Sojourn

  • Stroll through the Renaissance town of Pienza.
  • Meander through the ancient streets and alleys of the medieval towns of Montalcino, Montepulciano and Cortona.
  • Experience lunch in a Tuscan farmhouse.
  • Sip a glass of world-class Brunello wine.
  • Walk in the hills around Montalcino and take in the sweeping vistas of the Val d’Orcia.
  • Visit the Umbrian towns of Orvieto and Todi.
  • Walk through the rolling Tuscan countryside.
  • Learn about the Etruscans.

Wine tasting etiquette

Written by Eva Stelzer on . Posted in Argentina, Blog, Italy, Sicily, Tuscany, Wine

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Wine tasting etiquette. To spit or not to spit?

On a recent walking holiday in Sicily I took a group to the Etna vineyards for a wine tasting adventure. Lava rich soil nourishes the grapes yielding a distinctive – and strong – flavour. Our group of mixed neophyte tasters and experienced oenophiles wanted to know, “Do we spit the wine after tasting or swallow it?”