Posts in Slow Travel
Things to Do in San Gimignano, Tuscany for a Slow Travel Experience

San Gimignano, the medieval Italian "city of beautiful towers", is an easy day trip from Florence, but it really deserves more time. Here's a start on things to see and do in San Gimignano and the perfect intro to this historic Tuscan hilltop town. 

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Truffle Hunting in Italy: Searching Emilia Romagna for the World's Most Exquisite Food

The intoxicating flavor of truffles is reason alone to go on one of the coolest food tours in Emilia Romagna — truffle hunting in Italy — for the black summer truffle or white truffle. If you like knowing where your food comes from, this is one of the most interesting foodie things you can do in Bologna! 

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Podere Il Casale: A Pecorino Toscano Cheese Tour in Pienza, Italy

For an authentic food and wine experience in the heart of Tuscany’s scenic Val d’Orcia, a farm tour of Podere il Casale - producer of the famous pecorino toscano cheese in Pienza - should be on every foodie's bucket list! 

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Authentic Travel: What It Is And How To Find It

Travelers these days are looking for authentic travel experiences — the more engaging the better, and as close to 'the real deal' as they can get. But what exactly IS authentic travel?  I offer up some working definitions, and ways you can make those meaningful connections that bring a greater authenticity to your travels. 

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PhotoTour: A Florence Leather Craftsman Honors a Timeless Tradition, One Bag at a Time

In Florence, Italy,  a master leather craftsman holds on defiantly to the traditional ways leather has been crafted there for centuries. His refusal to bend to the demands of pop culture and the temptations of technology create a demand for his custom creations that reinforce the meaning of handcrafted. And his customers carry his story with them wherever they go.  

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Pácina Chianti Wine Tour: An Old Soul Lets Mother Nature Craft Their Organic Wine

Taking a Chianti wine tour at Pácina winery is to understand the role the owner Giovanna ascribes to Mother Earth in the making of their elegant wines. It goes much deeper than the earth that's been turned here since the Etruscan times nearly 1,000 years ago. Make it your next Tuscany wine tasting tour!

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Tenuta di Paganico: An Ultimate Farm-to-Table Experience in Tuscany's Rustic Maremma

If ever a place had the answer for Where Does My Food Come From? it would be here. Tenuta di Paganico, a low-density cattle and pig farm and agriturismo in Maremma, Tuscany, produces a true organic and sustainable farm-to-table model of modern agriculture and food production. 

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A Tuscan Artisan Transforms Wood Into Wonderful

You can't help but be transfixed as you watch a random block of wood slowly, deliberately, become something useful or a work of art. The skilled hands of a craftsman know just what the block of wood intends to become, and exactly which tools he needs to use to make it happen.  

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