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2 Awesome Summer Family Trips: Sardinia & Tuscany

My youngest son who recently turned 11 years-old has this great habit of rating things on a scale of 1-10. He’ll rate anything from the pain level of his latest minor basketball injury to my homemade pasta dish at dinner or a weekend family Tuscan hike. He even rates our family vacations. On one of our recent trips in the Italian Alps his rating actually toppled off the charts. “Mamma, this trip couldn’t have been any better, I didn’t want it to end. I rate it a 14 out of 10.”

Summer 2017 Travel Guide. Think Sun & Sea!

Sit down, grab a cappuccino and join us to escape the blizzard blues as we divulge our exciting line-up of cycling trips happening during the Summer months. We'll be bloomin' in June, freewheelin' in July and party-hopping in August. Join in on all the fun.

Time to make plans to get out of town!  

Guide to the Picture-Perfect Trip

As spring and summer approaches our urge to explore and travel grows.  If you enjoy capturing the world with your smart phone or digital camera, I'd like to share some of my favorite photo and visual resources to inspire and guide you towards photographic opportunities and taking better pictures and invite you to join us on a Travel Vision Journey in 2017.

Corsican Foodie Notes

Corsica is a gastronomical tour de force! Its cuisine is heavily based on the traditional products of the island. An Italian—especially Tuscan and Genovese—influene is very evident, perhaps even more so than French influences. In common with their Sardinian neighbors, Corsicans tended to live in the hilly interior of the island, largely as protection from seafaring invaders. Like the Sardinians, they herded sheep, grew vegetables and sought out a precarious existence. Read on to learn more about this unique fusion cuisine.

Zoom In On Tuscany

As long-time Ciclismo Classico guide, photography on tour has always been considered, in part, a key aspect of my job. Especially in the last decade with the important role of social media. But for some guides, this task or added creative element can be a challenge if capturing or documenting the moment doesn't come to you naturally. Others, like me, embrace this part of the job. Living in Tuscany—close to our Italian base and in the thick of our many thrilling Tuscany tours—I feel this is a gift.

I'd like to share a few photos of this special place.

Carol's Hip & Hidden Florence

After living in Italy for 17 years, with the last 7 spent in Tuscany just outside of Florence, I have spent quite a bit of time in my beloved Renaissance city exploring the endless treasures of this artistic, colorful haven and center of bellezza (beauty).

Read on to learn about a few (almost) secret corners and my most favorite hang-outs.

Italy, tuscany

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