if total immersion into the Italian lifestyle is what you are looking for, brush up on your Italian, climb into your Fiat 500 rental and stop at the COOP for groceries for a farmhouse stay in San Casciano in Val di Pesa.
Castello di Bibbione
travel to Panzano for a sideboard sampling of Chianti salami with wild fennel pollen, lardo (aka Chianti butter) and a Tuscan porchetta that is so good it will bring tears to your eyes from artisanal butcher Dario Cecchini.
Antica Macelleria Cecchini
the iconic chapel on the hill in Italy's stunning Val d'orcia is one of the most photographed in Italy.
The Chapel of the Madonna di Vitaleta
Tasty pecorino, one of Tuscany's Renaissance treasures and the home of a Pope with a vision to transform his birthplace into the "ideal" Renaissance city.
small bed & breakfast close to Modena and Parma with a stay that includes a visit to a balsamic acetaia.
il Borgo del
a castle -fortress near Piacenza built by Charlemagne in the 8th century.
The current keepers have transformed the the castle and the surrounding wood into a site of gastronomic festivals and Parco delle Fiabe (Park of the Fairies) where children and their families are guided through a medieval forest to discover the traces of fairies, gnomes, elves and witches entering into a fairy-tale like experience
visit the ancient breed of the Red Cows of Reggaiano to see the making of Parmiagiano .
one of the largest, best kept Baroque gardens in the world.
ducal residence of Francesco I d'Este also known as "the Delight" for its ornate architecture, pescheria, painted
fountains and parks.
a charming b & bamong the windswept hills south of Bologna with the most gracious host who makes her guests feel as if she has been waiting just for them.
Lodole Country House
one of the most significant spiritual centers in the world in a land where saints walked the hillsides and forests and lived lives that changed the world.
an Umbrian lake where Hannibal made history and St. Frances made a Lenten fast.
Perugia a major center of medieval art and Baci chocolate (kisses).
an ideal place for travelers to combine their love of exploring the Italian countryside with their passion for local food and Sagrantino wine.