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Villa La Quercia: The Hemingway of Colors

Italian abstract painter Francesco Clemente had a vision. In 1963, he discovered an abandoned farmhouse in the Tuscan hills called Villa La Quercia, with a history dating back to the 17th century. Despite the objections of his family, he bought the dilapidated structure and took  years to renovate it back to its glory days. The..

Europe in Four Seasons: Summer and Autumn

  In the spirit of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons violin concertos, we present here a guide for visiting Europe in each season. The first of a two-part series, this article will feature one European city for summer and autumn. Sit back, put on some Vivaldi, and enjoy! Summer in Helsinki Like most other Nordic cities, Helsinki..

La Dolce Vita Under the Tuscan Sun

It all started with food. My luxurious dream trip to the Tuscan city of Florence became a reality when my story about global dining faux pas, “Mea Culpa! What NOT to do When Dining Overseas,” won LaCure’s Tell a Great Story contest. I was sent on the road to Florence, which incidentally is the Holy..

Horse-Racing Italian Style

One of the special wonders of travelling through Italy is the rare opportunity of stepping through a historical portal. In Siena, a Tuscan hill town, the Il Palio di Siena Horse Race upholds centuries’ old traditions and rivalries. In 1590, the Grand Duke of Tuscany outlawed bullfighting. As a substitute, a variety of races followed and today..