Posts Tagged ‘tuscany’

New! Our City Explorer Programs in Athens and Siena

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Greece’s vibrant Aegina Harbor

Most visitors to Greece rush from one antiquity to another, missing out on the cultural threads that tie modern Greek society to the ancient world. Now you can experience this connection in our new City Explorers program in Athens and Siena. Designed for the independent-minded traveler, our brand-new travel experience offers a more relaxed pace with plenty of guided group activities and lots of time on your own. It’s a perfect mix of exploring ancient sites along with a very personal experience of day-to-day life in Greece and Italy.

Meet local residents over a glass of ouzo or local wine and learn about traditional and modern Greek and Italian cultures. Our resident experts offer specially arranged tours to top sites and prepare you for your own explorations. With the luxury of time and local connections, you’ll have the freedom to be as active—and interactive—as you’d like, and feel truly at home. Every day, we’ll introduce you to what makes Greece and Italy so captivating —through cooking demonstrations, concerts, conversation with local residents, and more—while guiding you to some of the most outstanding sites of Athens and Tuscany.

Packed yet? We’re offering our brand new City Explorers program in Greece and Tuscany in 2011. Hope to see you there!

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Travel Hit List: Tuscany

Friday, September 11th, 2009
Sunset on Siena. Photo: Christine Thompson. Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Sunset on Siena. Photo: Christine Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Tuscany never fails to pleaseit’s one of our favorite destinations and we’re sure you’ll love it too. Read on to find out all about this enchanting region.

Read: about a 600-year-old pharmacy begun by Florentine monks, where staff continue to make traditional herbal elixirs, in Smithsonian magazine.

Listen: Festa Italiana – Colorful folk music from Italy from Smithsonian Folkways.

Watch: Secret message or not? Learn from Smithsonian Channel about a mysterious inscription in a fresco by the Tuscan-born painter Vasari. Some believe that his fresco, Battle of Marciano in Val di Chiana, hides another secret fresco painted by Leonardo da Vinci.

Eat and Drink: Get the best of Tuscany’s food and wine traditions, guilt-free! Join our cycling journey through Tuscany.

Check out:rare Michelangelo drawing, discovered in our own collections at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Travel: Now is a great time to book a journey to Tuscany.

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Travel Hit List: Tuscany

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
Tuscan landscape featuring the towers of San Gimignano

Tuscan landscape featuring the towers of San Gimignano

Tuscany never fails to pleaseit’s one of our favorite destinations and we’re sure you’ll love it too. Read on to find out all about this enchanting region.

Read: A 600-year-old pharmacy begun by Florentine monks continues making traditional herbal elixirs in Smithsonian magazine.

Listen: Festa Italiana – Colorful Italian folk music from Smithsonian Folkways.

Watch: Secret message or not? Learn from Smithsonian Channel about a mysterious inscription in one of Tuscan-born painter Vasari’s frescoes– Battle of Marciano in Val di Chiana. Some believe that this fresco hides another, secret fresco painted by Leonardo da Vinci.

Eat and Drink: Get the best of Tuscany’s food and wine traditions, guilt-free! Join our cycling journey through Tuscany.

Check out: A rare Michelangelo drawing, discovered in our own collections at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Travel: Now is a great time to book a journey to Tuscany.

Which destinations do you want to see on the next Travel Hit List? Share your requests with us below.

Video: Il Palio de Siena

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Since the 17th century the ancient city of Siena, Italy has celebrated its patron saints with unique verve. The Palio de Sienais a one-of-a-kind bareback horse race held twice each summer in Siena’s main Plaza del Campo. Ten riders, each representing a city ward, take part in the race.

As famous as the race itself is the Corteo Storico, the fantastic pageant that precedes the race. The Sienese come out in their best medieval costumes, banners flying, drums playing, and cannons at the ready. Watch below for a taste of the Palio.

Can’t wait to see the Palio for yourself? Click here to learn more about our Tuscany Family Journey, where you’ll spend a day at the Palio, experiencing a 350-year-old tradition up close.

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Glorious Tuscany: Wine, Biking, and Philosophy

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Andy Levine is a true bon vivant with a real passion for adventure travel.  As president and founder of DuVine Adventures, Andy has led and created deluxe bike trips all over the world for over 14 years. Andy’s work comes highly recommended by top travel expert and best-selling author Peter Greenberg, travel editor for NBC’s Today Show. Click here for Andy’s bio.

Tuscany biking tour

Travelers experience the picturesque Tuscan countryside during a biking tour

I had never really thought about the philosophy of wine. Then I met Vittorio Innocenti. Not only is he a vintner-extraordinaire; he’s also very much a thinker, and not the barstool-type. I first met this remarkable man as I planned our cycling vacation through Tuscany, and recently had the chance to visit him again when I joined our guests on that same trip.

In the hill town of Montefollonico, our group strolled the narrow cobbled streets to Vittorio’s cantina to sample his Vino Nobile, one of the world’s rarest wines because it can only be made in Tuscany’s Montepulciano region, which we had been exploring by bicycle that day. (more…)