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Capri

Capri (/kəˈpriː/; Italian pronunciation: [ˈkaːpri]) is an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. The main town on the island shares the name. It has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic. Words are not enough to describe the beauty of our day. We rented a private boat for the day complete with captain to take us along the coast to Capri and back.

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Bologna-Corte d’Aibo

Corte d’Aibo is a charming farm inn, located in the middle of the “Abbazia di Monteveglio” regional park. The area is plush with un-contaminated nature, vineyards, orchards and wheat fields. We spent a beautiful afternoon enjoying a multi-course, delicious lunch consisting of specialties typical of the area paired with organic wines produced on the farm.

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Positano

We spent a glorious day in Positano, a village and comune on the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), in Campania, Italy. The main part of the city sits in an enclave in the hills leading down to the coast. The street, full of shops offering art, hippie chic beachwear, custom handmade sandals and lemon everything spiral down to the Mediterranean.

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Cortona-Under The Tuscan Sun

During our stay at Il Falconierie in Cortona, we came across Frances Mayes, the author of the book Under the Tuscan Sun which made the city famous, but it was put on the map by the Etruscans, who’ve left tombs everywhere around the hill Cortona is built upon. The city is charming, romantic and sweet with amazing views of Valdichiana and the Tuscan hills. We even found an underground well in one shop containing fish.

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Cortona-Il Falconierie-Baracchi Winery

We toured the Baracchi Winery with Silvia Baracchi, it is located on a beautiful slope just east of Cortona with a wonderful view of the Valdichiana Valley and Under the Tuscan Sun. The 17th century villa was the home of the famous poet Antonio...

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Il Falconierie-Cortona-Zucchini Flowers

Cortona-Il Falconierie-Cooking Class

Il Falconierie is an amazing winery, spa and hotel, located in Cortona and owned and operated by the Baracchi family. I want to tell you about the amazing afternoon that Pepper and I spent with Richard Titi, chef of Il Falconierie’s, 1 Michelin star restaurant housed in an old lemon house with a glass and wrought-iron conservatory, overlooking the outside dining terrace with its ancient fishpond and rose-clad pergola.

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Modena-Aceto Balsamico

After our tour of Villa San Donnino, we toured the property and learned all about the process of fermenting and producing aged balsamic vinegar. Take a look at the video, where proprietor Davide explains the process. He also showed us how he ma...

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Modena-Villa San Donnino

Villa San Donnino was built on March 14th 1910 by Lieutenant Claudio San Donnino. It was later to become an exquisite example of Emilia Romagna “liberty”. Frescoes and decorations by Aroldo Bonzaghi (1887-1918). The villa is filled with spe...

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Bologna-Gastronomy

Bologna is filled with fantastic gourmet specialty shops and yes, there is even a small version of EATALY BOLOGNA there, enjoy our past post on EATALY NYC. The only problem is how do you get it all home. MANGIA!

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Bologna-Home Cooking

The Association for the Guardianship and Exploitation of the Traditional Culinary-Gastronomic Heritage of Italy and the Home Food project sponsored by the Ministry of Agricultural Politics, in collaboration with the University of Bologna, emphasizes and spreads the culture of traditional food interwoven with the culture of typical products in particular areas.

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