Hello, Vineyard Adventurers! We wanted to let you know that the regional blogging series will be continuing, but life happens while you’re making other plans. An intense month of doing business in Italy and some personal life changes have us rearranging many things around here. Thanks for staying with us, we’ll be back with you…

“…lightly, softly, go yourself, to Tuscany…” – Guido Cavalcanti
It took me over a week to fall asleep without earplugs when I moved into my apartment in Sant’Angelo in Colle, a tiny hamlet close to Montalcino in Tuscany (Siena province) where I lived for nearly 3 months. My beautiful top floor (just a 3 floor walk up) apartment was directly across from the church whose bells would chime on the hour all night long.

Umbria possesses a wealth of cultural heritage as well as a natural beauty giving the region the nickname, “The Green Heart of Italy.” It is called this partly due to its physical location landlocked in the center of the boot, and partly due to its beautiful, rolling green hills fed by the lakes and rivers that sustain its verdure. From underground Roman cisterns to modern art museums and jazz, to the outdoors and everything in between, the culture in Umbria has something to offer literally anyone.

Getting to and around Italy can easily be the most frustrating part of a wonderful vacation. These tips from our years of traveling back and forth between Italy and the USA should save you some time and grief. Flying A photo posted by Robbin Gheesling (@robbin_g) on Sep 2, 2013 at 11:21am PDT There are…

When we think about Italian culture, several things might immediately pop into our heads. The first thing that comes to mind for me is always “Civilization” and the many connotations of the word.

From the steep Alpine slopes of Sampeyre to the coastline of Napoli, all the way down the heel of the boot to Lecce, and everywhere in between, Italy’s cuisine is as varied as its landscape. All too often when we think of Italian food, our minds immediately might go to things like spaghetti bolognese, spaghetti…

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