As a good Tuscan native, I have a good sense of humor, and I like to laugh and joke around; so, unfortunately, the only connection between me and the former US President was my visit at @Borgo Finocchieto few months ago.
Thanks to @lecollectionist, www.lecollectionist.com ,a luxury agency who rents professionally-inspected, stunning villas around the world, I was asked to inspect Borgo Finochieto for their portfolio.
I can say I had a fantastic day in a magical place; it’s truly heaven on earth. And I totally understand why Barack and his wife Michelle chose the Borgo as their Tuscan retreat.
The manager and his wife are really separate the Borgo from any of the other similar places I’ve been. I feel so privileged to have visited another ‘small world’ of Tuscan beauty!
And I cannot wait for future inspections!
p.s. I wish I could have caught a glimpse of the former US President -:))
There are a thousand of reasons why you may wish to travel to Tuscany, from the love of history to the love of good food or to look up family and even the desire to learn a new language
How about making an exciting trip, enjoying Tuscany in a different way, by connecting with our region and country in an authentic way.
Have you thought about doing an Italian language courses at: www.culturaitalianaarezzo.it- becoming an avid student of Italian history and culture, having a story to share about every venue you visit and a phrase for every part of this journey.
Or tasting wines and delicious dishes.
Spend your vacation in inspiring surroundings, eating nutritious, home made food, walking through breathtaking Italian scenery or enjoying a calming massage, all mixed in with daily yoga classes.
Yoga is not Italian and it is not English either – so there would not even be as much of a language barrier as you might think. If you are interested in doing Yoga in an Italian studio. The word Yoga” is pronounced the same in Italian as it is in English
One deserves to live life to their best, joyfully and peacefully. Yoga helps you to identify and empower what is naturally best for you, transforming your work, relationships and general experience of life including your health, to their optimal state and functioning.
An unforgettable Tuscan holiday awaits you!
with @yourtuscanyconsultant www.paoladejuliis.com
EVERYONE knows Tuscany, darling, and everyone knows the grandiose city of Florence
And yet only 50 miles from this mighty collection of galleries and museums is a fine Italian city that many have never even heard of.
The capital of the province of the same name, Arezzo always seems blissfully untouched, despite it being the home of the biggest artistic draw in the region.
Here Piero della Francesca’s vast Legend of the True Cross frescoes are viewed, 25 people at a time, in the cool semi-darkness of the imperious Basilica di San Francesco
Art lover or not, though, you’ll fall for this historic Etruscan city. From the hilltop park that visitors encounter on arrival, sandwiched between a crumbling Medici fortress and a cool, peaceful Duomo, down through the cobbled streets lined with specialist food shops, enotecas and restaurants to the giant sloping Piazza Grande (a Disneyesque mix of towers, palazzos and churches) you will be seduced
We arrived at the height of a blazing summer and were plunged straight into history.
It was the Saracen Joust Festival when teams from the city’s varied districts take on each other, a bit like an armoured version of West Side Story, in the Piazza Grande.
The battles have been staged here, for centuries, a grand medieval square behind the 13th-century Romanesque Santa Maria della Pieve Church.
The multi-coloured banners fluttering from the lances and plumed helmets of the riders we witnessed would have been the very same sight that greeted visiting dignitaries back in the Middle Ages.
I bet the coconut and Nutella ice cream wasn’t as good then.
After the heat of battle under a southern Mediterranean sun (my husband is ginger and it was 35 degrees), it was deeply satisfying to retreat to Villa I Gigli, a slice of holiday heaven high above the city in the heart of the Podere di Pomaio winery.
Built to face the gentle green escarpments and Italian cypresses that lead downwards to Arezzo, our digs were a distinctly five-star affair – all fat sofas in smart fabrics, heavy, squat wooden tables and high-end kitchen appliances
From the terrace, sipping the winery’s fi nest chianti, we could still hear the distant cheers and applause from the jousting on the breeze as the dazzling sun finally dipped.
We cooled off in the pool then emerged, starving after a day packed with duelling and drama, to be greeted by the winery’s owner, Iacopo Rossi, holding forth a giant homemade lasagne and freshly-baked focaccia. Our very own knight in shining armour.
I call it the “Relationship Quotient.” Good Communications revolve around Good Relationships. The better your communications, the deeper you can forge your relationships. The stronger your relationships, the more effective your communications can become. And around and around it goes. It’s a powerful spiral.
It’s one thing to “know” someone, it’s another thing entirely to invest time to learn about that someone’s family, their health, their interests. It takes time and effort to form a relationship – to show you really care.