Thursday, March 29, 2007
Inside Villa d'Este's Culinary World: We pull back the curtains at Lake Como's exclusive Villa d'Este to discover what makes the hotel's culinary offerings so tempting.
Tales of Risotto: Villa d'Este Chef Luciano Parolari, also known as the "King of Risotto" shares cooking tips for his famous risotto, which has been wowing famous and non-famous guests alike for decades.
The Dream Interview: Joe Knows Rome: Travel guru Joe Brancatelli reveals his favorite places in Rome, including wonderful apartment rentals and authentic restaurants undiscovered by the American media.
News, Tips, Deals and Events: Cooking in Le Marche; Screenwriting in Spoleto; Apartment Rentals in Florence; Nightly Events at Westin Hotels in Italy.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The festival invites Italians and visitors alike to pause and reconsider the cultural and historic beauty Italy contains—including many lesser-known, yet important palazzi, towers, churches and archeological sites. FAI hopes Italian in particular will see the country with new eyes, con occhi nuovi, including historic buildings that aren’t always given the attention that they merit.
No tickets are necessary to view these monuments, but FAI requests that donations be made to the organization, to be used in future preservation efforts. Here are a few of the sites that will be open this weekend:
Milan: headquarters of the well-known newspaper, Corriere della Sera, and the Palazzo Triennale
Venice: Chiesa della Pietà
Rome: Cappella de San Silvestro alla Scala Santa, opened for the first time since its restoration, and the Palazzo Marino, home to the Ministry of Marine Defense
Florence: Accademia della Crusca, the oldest of such language schools, and the Biblioteca Nazionale
For a full list of sites , organized by location, call (39) 0141 720850 or visit www.fondoambiente.it -- Cailin Birch
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Here's her offer: "I have have this beautiful villa with two separate apartments just outside Lucca (Tuscany) for the week of May 26 to June 2, 2007. Unfortunately, I will only be using the small apartment and would like to rent out the larger apartment to one of your fantastic readers!
Pesco has its own outside entrance and is 2500 square feet with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The villa, complete with a full-size country kitchen, is furnished with art and period pieces and boasts panoramic views as well as a large swimming pool. The usual rental rate is $3,500 but I am offering the apartment for only $2,500 for the week. I will be on premises (downstairs) to help with day- trip itineraries, restaurant reservations, and anything else, serving as the guests' personal concierge." Serious inquiries only. E-mail me for more information.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
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Thursday, March 08, 2007
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