🍷NEW Italian Wine Trails & Tales…with Jill Barth! 🍷

Let's Go to Italy Together! 🍷 I “met” Jill via social media and a mutual fondness for vino! When I reached out to her to join our trek along the Italian Wine Trails, she was quick to respond and share a fun wine and food tale from Liguria…

Let's Go to Italy Together!🍷Finding Food & Wine Along the Italian Riviera! 🍷

We arrived in Santa Margherita hungry. It was getting dark and the ride from Provence, through Monaco and onto Liguria, had been exciting, with no true-North left after so much to take in. We had two nights in Liguria and the first thing on our mind, naturally, was food and wine.

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Santa Margherita (Photo: Jill Barth)

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♦ The Eternal Youth of Mozia ♦

Let's Go to Italy Together!♦ Meeting the Youth ♦

In 2007, during my first visit to Sicily, I was fortunate enough to be on a small group tour that included seeing so many of the superb artistic and archeological treasures of Sicily.

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The Youth of Mozia, 2007

One of these treasures was on the little island of Mozia off the western coast of Marsala. In a rather unremarkable local museum, there I laid eyes on the Youth of Mozia for the first time… And I was literally spellbound and speechless (something that doesn’t happen often to me!)…

The sheer magnificence of the Youth immediately evoked reverence and awe. So accessible you could almost reach out and touch him, the youth was unbelievably stunning from every angle. I was reluctant to leave his presence as I “knew” that I may never set eyes on his exquisite countenance again… Continue reading

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🍷MORE Italian Wine Trails & Tales…with Val Caruso 🍷

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🍷Tuscany is well-known for its extraordinary wines…Val takes us to an off-the-beaten track part of this region that you may not know about and may want to put on your list to visit the next time you’re in Italy!

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Ampeleia Veticale (Photo Val Caruso)

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Galatina’s Holy Treasure: Basilica di Santa Caterina d’Alessandra

Let's Go to Italy Together!Among the most important cities in Puglia’s Salento sub-region is Galatina. A lovely Baroque gem, it is located midway between Lecce and Gallipoli, in the heart of the Grecia Salentina.Photo Victoria De Maio

Until 1861 Galatina was called San Pietro in Galatina in honor of the apostle who passed through here during his journey to Rome. And, if you have the opportunity to pass through, you will find a visit to be well worthwhile. Continue reading

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🍷MORE Italian Wine Trails with…The Winefathers!🍷

🍷I found out about The Winefathers from a fellow blogger and friend. When I learned more about it, I knew I wanted to be involved and became a “wine friend”. I’m so pleased to share about this unique effort in the world of wine…

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🍷 The Winefathers – The Revolution in the World of Wine🍷

One year has passed since the birth of The Winefathers, the first and only portal that enables wine lovers from around the world to become relatives of the best Italian artisan winemakers.

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The Winefathers Team (Photo: The Winefathers)

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♦Turning the Page on 2016…Hello 2017!♦

Let's Go to Italy Together!Looking back on 2016, WOW! What a mixed bag – on all levels! A roller coaster ride of  blockbuster proportions on some fronts – personal and global… Changes, upsets, upheavals, progress, set backs, surprises…letting go and embracing and … reunions, connections old and new, new horizons and dreams… Life!!

Doubtless 2016 was a helluva year and one that many are more than relieved to put behind them. In many ways, I can certainly concur but when I reminisce and review my thousands of photos, they evoke thousands of moments and memories…and what bubbles up? Well, the theme is YOU!!

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~ ♥ The story of my 2016 includes so many wonderful, amazing, loving, supportive people…

♥ Friends near and far, too many that I didn’t get to spend face to face time with (and that is going to change)…

♥ A wonderful yoga community that blesses me with the gift of teaching and being a lifetime student…

♥ Loyal followers and subscribers to my blog and e-newZletter…

♥ Fabulous, fun tour guests, amazing travel partners, those of you I “know” and stay in touch with virtually and sometimes meet…

~♥ A community, a beautiful world of YOU! Filling me with love, friendship, support, kindness, strength, encouragement, and inspiration. Connecting, re-connecting, staying connected…across town, the state, the country, the world…Wow! ♥ ~

Even with thousands of photos, there are so many of you that I neglected to take that selfie and that is going to change because, indeed, you are my world!

~♥ And, to each and every one of YOU, I say with heartfelt gratitude, thank you and happy NEW year! May it be filled with joy, abundance, good health, adventure, love and loved ones…

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Toasting YOU! Thank YOU & Happy NEW Year!

Let's Go to Italy Together!But first, a look back at some of the many moments and memories we shared!

♥ Friends & fellow bloggers…far & near…

Let's Go to Italy Together!♥ And, then, of course, there’s Italy, my beloved Italia…the gift of spending 2 months in 4 glorious regions – My Italian Journey took me to Liguria, Tuscany, Puglia and Sicily…with amazing tour partners and guests, to my roots, to new and renewed connections… Meraviglioso!

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♥ Liguria! Genoa, the Italian Riviera with my marvelous tour partners, Emanuela and Anna, and  our wonderful guide, Francesca…

I’m beyond thrilled to be returning in spring with a private group and next fall with YOU?

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Tuscany! How I love you…and it’s no wonder, I have deep roots and followed the path back…Florence, Lucca, villages of my maternal grandparents, and more!

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Puglia! Heading south to be with my extraordinary tour partners (which is more like family!): Yle and Michele, and our team, Fabio, Lucretzia, Anna, Mamme... and welcome new guests! Every visit (and this is #5) is pure la dolce vita Salento style…

I’m already looking forward to 2017 visits and YOU can join me! Si, there’s still space!

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Let's Go to Italy Together!Sicily! You called me back to go deeper…to revisit your uniqueness, your ancient roots and my own familiar roots and to follow the path back to the villages of my paternal grandparents and so much more…

And to make it even more perfect? It was the ultimate road trip with my wonderful Sicilian kindred spirit, Margie.

Would you love to explore Sicily with me? Stay tuned for something new for 2018!!

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~ Well, what can I say except, HELLO 2017!!! A new chapter, turning the page… And what’s ahead? More…much MUCH more with YOU! ~

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🍷MORE Italian Wine Trails & Tales with Stephanie Davis🍷

🍷Stephanie takes us to Italy’s “green heart”, Umbria, for a special first time wine trail experience at Cantina Scacciadiavoli in Montefalco …scacciadiavoli-grounds

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🍷MORE Italian Wine Trails & Tales: Sicily with Victoria!🍷

Let's Go to Italy Together!🍷Donnafugata Winery: Tradition and Inspiration Take Flight in Sicily

When I knew I was going to be in Sicily in October, I wanted to have at least one formal wine tasting experience. I immediately reached out to Donnafugata located in Marsala on Sicily’s western coastline.

After contacting them and making arrangements, my friend, Margie, and looked forward to our personal tour and tasting. Welcomed warmly, our visit became much more – it became an introduction and insight to the place and the people of this land…Photo Victoria De Maio

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♦ Selinunte: Touching Greek Antiquity in Sicily ♦

Let's Go to Italy Together!Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the Greek ruins and archeological site of Selinunte are truly one of the most extraordinary places you will ever experience.Photo Victoria De Maio

It’s difficult to express ones impressions into words – so many adjectives are overused and so many places are overrated but not Selinunte, once considered one of the most important Greek colonies in Sicily and remains so to this day… Continue reading

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♦🍊 Chinotto: A Taste for the Unusual 🍊♦

Let's Go to Italy Together!Perhaps, like me, you’ve never heard of chinotto? My introduction was in September when we visited a chinotto plantation in the Savona province of LiguriaJoin me, won’t you, and we’ll learn about this unusual fruit together…Photo Vicoria De Maio Continue reading

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