8 Fabulous Day Trips from Florence


Sitting not quite halfway down the boot of Italy, the Renaissance city of Florence is a fabulous hub from which to easily explore much of the peninsula. The Leaning Tower of Pisa and Puccini’s hometown of Lucca, close to the western coast are just an hour away. Hilltop Perugia, 100 miles to the south, is less than a two hour drive. And even the...

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A Weekend in Cinque Terre at Villa Valentina


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by Francesca Cinque Terre For the 4th of July weekend, I decided to visit the Cinque Terre. It had been a while since I last visited the gorgeous coastline and I decided the beauty was worth the trip. Many people don't realize that Cinque Terre has a lot more to offer than just stunning views (although the view is magnificent!). Inn at...

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