Oct 042016
 
An Italian Dream at Villa La Collina

Since our first visit to Tredozio, Italy in June of 2013, I’ve dreamed of a return to this serene village of Emilia-Romagna in the Apennine mountains. During our April trip to Italy, my dream was fulfilled. We once again enjoyed the hospitality of our host at Torre Fantini (you may remember reading about our stay here in 2013) and were royally welcomed at another lovely estate in the EsteVillas portfolio of holiday rentals, Villa La Collina.

Aug 042016
 
Exploring Veneto: 5 Great Side Trips from Asolo

From our romantic apartment in Asolo, we not only enjoyed the culture and lifestyle of the captivating town just beyond our doorstop, we had easy access to other wonders of the Veneto region of Italy on side trips during our four-day stay. With our expert guides and gracious hosts Mr. TWS and I explored highlights that included regional wine, art, and architecture. Here are five places that we recommend for your Veneto itinerary.

Jul 112016
 
I Left My Heart in Asolo

I often think of Asolo. Since our April visit to this town in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, I’ve thought back fondly to many moments of our stay there. The picture-perfect hilltop town exudes romance with its winding lanes, beautiful villas, galleries, cafes, and fabulous views from its lofty position.

Jun 202016
 
An Authentic Taste of Mantua

Traditional food and wine of Mantua Enjoying regional food and wine is always a key element in our travels. While staying at Palazzo Castiglioni in Mantua, we indulged in a variety of local specialties. We also learned about Mantuan pride in the agricultural richness of the area (in large part due to its proximity to the Po River) and […]

Jun 122016
 
Biking in the Park: Our Tour of Parco Giardino Sigurta

Parco Giardino Sigurtà (Sigurtà Garden Park) Open from March 6 to November 6 (2016) Since Mr. TWS and I are bike-riding enthusiasts, a bike tour of an award-winning park and gardens in Italy sounded like an awesome idea. So I really looked forward to this part of our stay in Mantua, Italy. I hope these photos will give you a […]

Jun 112016
 
The Musical Essence of Mantua

Music is an essential part of Mantua’s culture, and the Mantova Chamber Orchestra is an important part of Mantua’s music. For over 30 years, through their concerts and special projects the organization has spread the enjoyment of all musical genres to families, young people, cultural tourists, and all music lovers.

May 192016
 
Magical Maggiore: Our Stay on the Lake

There was definitely something special about Lake Maggiore from the moment we arrived at our villa rental in Lesa until we left four days later. Did it start with the warm welcome we received from our hosts? Was it the natural beauty of the water, islands, and gardens? Was it our special experiences that included world-class music? I think it was a combination of all of those things wrapped up into one magical experience.