Jennifer Young is an estate agent selling luxury farmhomes at Castello di Casole (www.castellodicasole.com), a private 4,200 acre estate near Siena. She lives in Florence and spends her days off time exploring off-the-beaten path places all over Tuscany. See her blog at http://jenniferslifeintuscany.blogspot.com. She can be reached at email@example.com
Before I started spending a lot of time in Tuscany I hadn't really heard much about Isola d'Elba. Recalling from my college French classes that Napoleon had been exiled there, I had always pictured a desolate, barren and wind-swept stretch of sand with the feisty French emperor
For several years now I have been trying to understand the whole terme thing going on in Italy. I personally visited a few known for their combination hotel/spas in the past, oriented around pools fed by mineral-rich waters bubbling up from the earth below. Each time, I would
‘Skiing in Tuscany? Are you kidding?’ For the past year, that was my standard response when friends would suggest we check out the local slopes for a day. Having ...
December is the month of Italy's most important holiday, one that many towns commemorate with live nativity scenes, or presepi viventi. Therefore, my idea for this issue's travel feature was to showcase a Tuscan village with a presepio worthy of a daytrip. I cast a wide net, contacting
A few weekends ago, a friend took me for a drive through the Casentino, a magical mountainous region between Florence and Arezzo. I had never heard of ‘Casentino' and, frankly, my arm needed a little twisting. Little did I know, I was about experience some of the most amazing
My first visit to Arezzo was with a colleague. The town was close and neither of us had ever been there, so we grabbed a guidebook, jumped in her convertible and headed east. Upon arriving, we parked, strolled around the city center, poked our heads into a few churches and
People often ask me which towns in Tuscany they should visit, and whenever they do, I always recommend Volterra. It has a good thousand years on the medieval towns in the area, and there is so much to see that every time I visit I discover something new.