Summer Specials: 25% OFF in our gorgeous Tuscany villas

If you’re yearning for a summer getaway, it’s not too late to make the most of the warm weather! We are currently offering 25% off ANY STAY at our fabulous Tuscany villas, Haybarn, Poggio and Capriolo. In the heart of one of Italy’s most popular and historic destinations, enjoy your private pool set among rolling […]
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Focaccia & Cappuccino for breakfast . . . in Genoa

Focaccia from le Coq Noir Focaccia in Genoa is a mouthwatering mix of chewy, salty and olive oily. At its best it is crunchy on the edges and soft and warm in the middle. The Genovese wholeheartedly consume Focaccia all day long, but they more
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In Italy, it’s all in the underwear (and bras)

Photo and text Erica Berman Have you ever noticed that  when the Italians hang their laundry out to dry, they hang it all out? Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I am particularly prudish (al contrario), but I have to admit I am more
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Smiling Cappuccino – Only in Italy

Genoa, June 2009: The search for the perfect cappuccino is on. It’s hard to go wrong when drinking any sort of coffee in Italy, but the smiling cappuccino from the Cafe in Piazza delle Vigne, although good, but not the greatest, takes the more
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Rosa Jackson – Food Guru in Nice and Paris. Tour & Interview

Photos Courtesy of Rosa Jackson We recently found ourselves in Nice for a night and were fortunate to be able to book a morning tour of the Nice food markets with Canadian food guru Rosa Jackson. I had heard about Rosa’s  food tours of more
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Genoa – what exactly am I doing while here in Italy?

Typical Genoa So, what do I do here friends want to know? This is my third trip to Genoa, and I still have not been to the Aquarium, to the famous museums that dot the city,  or even to  see the house where Christopher  Colombus supposedly more
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MoMa Bed & Breakfast in Nice

MoMa Nice MoMa Nice – To read about this hip and funky B&B in Nice: Fabulous vacation rentals in Paris, Provence and Tuscany: more

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Cavalière sur Mer – Cap Nègre – Le Lavandou

May 28-June 1, 2009: Cavalière-sur-Mer – Cap Nègre We are not really hotel people (not much of a surprise given the nature of Haven in Paris), and neither of us can remember the last time we actually stayed in one. For the wedding of more
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MoMa Nice – Bed and Breakfast (Chambres d’hotes)

MoMa Nice – photos courtesy of MoMa May 27, 2009 Spent the night at an eclectic bed and breakfast, MoMa Nice,  run by a hip couple. Peter is Danish and Valerie is French, both are artists.  This funky B&B is in an old hôtel particulier more
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Bocca di Magra, Montemarcello, Valleponci, Finale Ligure

May 20, 2009 Day 5 Setti Archi – Lunch at a seafood restaurant in the nearby marina, Bocca di Magra. Discovered this gem last year and were delighted to return to the wonderful seafood and service in this family run hotel and restaurant . more
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Images & posts from Liguria

Photo : Erica Berman To find out more about Liguria, Finale Ligure, Cinque Terre, Valleponci, Bocca di Magra, Forte dei Marmi and many other wonderful, and off the beaten track, places, please click on the following links: more
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My Ligurian Villa vacation (on Tuscan border – by Cinque Terre)

One of our views & rose bushes by the villa Photos: Erica Berman For some reason, one I am not sure of, most Americans (and the majority of tourists in general) come to Italy for Tuscany, Rome and Venice. Don’t get me wrong, these are all more
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Spotlight Tuscany: Haybarn 2 Bedroom Villa in Monteriggioni

The Haybarn is ideally located for easy day trips throughout the Chianti region, as well as to such major towns as Florence, Siena, and San Gimignano. We were most interested in bucolic peace and quiet - hard to imagine a better spot - and being more