Author: Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young is an estate agent selling luxury farmhomes at Castello di Casole (, 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 She can be reached at [email protected]
June 1, 2011

48 hours in Elba

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
February 24, 2011
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Health through water

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
January 27, 2011

Skiing Abetone

  ‘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 lived in Aspen, Colorado, for a decade during some of the best ski seasons on record, I had visions of bunny hills covered in icy, […]
December 9, 2010
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In pursuit of presepi

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
November 4, 2010

A day in Casentino

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
October 7, 2010
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Appreciating Arezzo

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
September 9, 2010


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.