We can spend hours looking at the old men in this photo. Their facial expressions. Their hand gestures. Their clothes. Their shoes. Every part of them tells a story. If you stare at it long enough, you can write unique fictional attributes of each one of them. If you come back the next day and look at the photo again, the stories for each of them change.
We took the photo in San Gimignano in 2009. It hangs on our office walls as not just a reminder of our first trip to Italy but to let us know there are grace and wisdom in aging.
San Gimignano tells a story that dates back to the Etruscans three centuries before Christ. A shining city on a hill marked by its 14- towers, San Gimignano is a must stop for any tourist. 4-million people a year visit this mid-evil town in North Central Tuscany. Normally packed with people, beauty is found in the hustle and bustle of buses, walking tours, and onlookers.
Like most places in Itlay, specifically Tuscany, the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 has taken its toll on the economy. But as you find out in this latest podcast. The people of San Gimignano are not sitting back and just crossing their fingers and hoping people return. They are using this time to rediscover themselves. Soul searching, should we say, to connect with its past so when the people do return, they get the authentic experience they want and deserve.
Just like the old men in the photo, the days go by, but the stories we share and pass down over time can live forever. Next time you visit Tuscany, make sure you make a story of your own in San Gimignano.
If you believe all the news stories and headlines, buying a house for as low as 1-euro in Italy is simple. But is it?
We have been doing this podcast for several years now. We travel to Italy (when there’s not a pandemic) yearly. I would say it’s our goal to have a home or an apartment in Tuscany someday.
But where do you start? Who do you turn to? Well, our guest on this edition of the Total Tuscany Podcast knows a thing or two about purchases homes and real estate in Italy.
Chris Sobolev operates the websiteSuper Savvy Travelers with her husband, Chris.
They fell in love with Italy a couple of years ago, started buying property, and now it’s their mission to people like you and me do the same.
Property in Tuscany is SUPER expensive. That’s not a surprise as Tuscany is the most popular region in Italy. Chris and Pete and settled in by the sea in Calabria. It’s cheap, beautiful, and provides easy access to other parts of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
You find or interview with Chris both enlightening and educational. After listening to it, you might be ready to start the process of making your dreams of an Italian home come true!
The two of the most popular things to do when you go to Tuscany are drink wine and take a cooking class. Well, since we can't travel right now, what if there was a way to put a sommelier and a Tuscan chef right in your kitchen?
COVID-19 has reinforced our need for connection to people. Linda Sorgiovanni from Italy Customized wants to come into your home, virtually. Linda collaborates with her friend Claudio Bisanzio on a unique cooking class and wine tasting with you and your family and friends. The 2-hour experience includes wine, a food menu with step by step coaching during the cooking process, a recording of your cooking class, a recipe booklet, and memories that will inspire you to travel to Tuscany to experience the real thing.
This virtual experience's price is very reasonable—$ 50 per person up to four people and $40 per person for larger groups. We recommend that groups are not larger than eight people.
Yes, there is a pretty big time difference between Florence and the United States. But don't fret; Linda and Claudio are night owls and will work directly with you to schedule a time that works for you and your guests. You can email Linda directly to set up your class.
Support Querceto Di Castellina and Its Employees
Free Global Shipping until
Enter the Promo Code: TOTAL TUSCANY at checkout and get an automatic 5% savings on your tour.
Strategically situated midway between Florence and Pisa and rising 1000 feet above the famous thermal spa town of Montecatini Terme, Catini Alto offers an unforgettable medieval village experience, unparalleled Tuscan views and a host of luxurious, modern day comforts. Accessing Lucca, the Tuscan coast and the Cinque Terre is a breeze from this stylish townhouse.
Aside from the incredibly strategic location, another perk of staying in a medieval village is walking access to a couple of restaurants, cafes, and a local grocer within a few hundred yards. Start off the day with a frothy cappuccino or return home after a day of seeing the sites and walk up the street to the local trattoria.
Sound like a dream? It's a perfect property for a group of 8 as it has four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Mario Scalzi, owner, and founder of Parker Villas has been a regular on our podcast. We have used Parker Villas in the past and have come to appreciate the exclusivity of their properties. By exclusive we mean the only place you can rent Cantini Alto or the other locations you see on the Parker Villas website is from Parker.
Mario is the first to admit the competition is fierce, but he refuses to get into a bidding war like a typical internet property broker.
Mario or someone from Parker Villas has visited every property it offers. There is 24/7 customer service in the United States as well as Italy to guarantee your satisfaction.
There is a difference between a three-star and a five-star experience. If you are planning a trip to Italy, don't take chances, where you sleep and call home for a week, or two, or three will make all the difference.
Italy, in particular, Tuscany is something we want, and our guests want to share with the world. We do it with our podcasts and our Total Tuscany Experience. Today's guest, Linda Sorgiovanni is a partner in the agency, Italy Customized. Anything you want, Linda and her partner Alberto Bassilichi can make happen.
"Her work in Italian Travel and Tourism began in the UK where she worked as a consultant and travel planner of events to Verona and Milan for opera, ballet, and classical music.
After obtaining certifications as a Tour Leader and Chauffeur Driver, she worked as a freelance professional for top travel agencies and direct clients from all over the world as a Be-Spoke / FIT travel planner all over Italy.
Her role as a tour leader included Small group and private luxury food, wine, and active vacations — tours to exclusive boutique wineries and famous hill towns."
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
Well its 4:00am and I just finished this book. I haven't pulled an all-nighter reading a book in a very long time! It wasn't my intention to read it all in one night, I just couldn't stop turning the pages.
The descriptions of Tuscany, and especially Florence, dance in my mind's eye. I have tears in my eyes as I realize I had stopped believing in synchronicity. Your book has brought it back to me. I feel renewed and hopeful.
Thank you for the courage in sharing your incredible story with us. I loved taking the journey with you. I am on the lookout for feathers! -Patricia
Travis Justice & Pat Campagna have been traveling to Tuscany since 2009. They produce the Total Tuscany Podcast and all the content on this website.
Barberino Val D'Elsa
Camino De Santiago
Extreme Adventures In Tuscany
Find Yourself In Tuscany
Florence American Cemetery
I Found Myself In Tuscany
Italian Villa Rental
Jacopo Di Battista
KM Zero Tours
Lost In Florence
Love 4 Win
Naked In Italy
Opera In The Kitchen
Palazzo Del Moro
Palazzo San Niccolo
Panzano In Chianti
Querceto Di Castellina
Rent A Ferrari In Tuscany
Super Savvy Travelers
Total Tuscany Experience
Tuscan Women Cook
Tuscany Private Home
Tuscany Women's Tour
Urban Adventures Florence
Vacation Rentals In Italy
Villa In Tuscany
Villas For Rent In Italy
Way Of St. Francis
Your Place In Florence