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Enchantments in the “Etruscan triangle” of Southern Tuscany

A triangle of villages in southern Tuscany contain treasures undiscovered by American travelers.  Sorano, Sovana, and Pitigliano nestle 50 miles southeast of Grosseto, close to the border with Lazio, and offer much to visitors above and beyond what you expect in southern Tuscany, i.e., good food, great wine, medieval village charm. Sorano Sorano has all …

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Tuscany Regions: Exploring Etruscany

For most foreigners, a tour of Tuscany means Florence, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and maybe Lucca.   While these well-known cities and towns exemplify the Tuscany region’s medieval treasures, its history encompasses far more than the Medici, Michelangelo, and all that. The enigmatic Etruscans were a major civilization of ancient Italy, and a little-visited region …

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Viareggio, Italy: A Summer Pearl

Viareggio, Italy: A Summer Pearl that Gleams Year-Round Viareggio, Italy, is known as the “pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea”, with good reason.   In the summertime, it is a chic and sought-after seaside resort, with stylish hotels, fine dining, and an upmarket clientele.   Its fine sandy beaches stretch for six miles up and down …

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