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  • 00:23

    Visit Tuscany - The World's Best Resource on Tuscany

    in Travel

    If you're looking for a resource on Tuscany you've found it at http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/en/.  In one of the world's most enchanted lands you'll need a great guide to help you find the hidden gems and wonderful opportunities to discover Tuscany and yourself.  

    So much has been writing and filmed about Tuscany many of us feel that we know it and know it well.  The world's finest artists hail from this land where God not only blessed the landscapes He blessed the food and Tuscans alike.  How else can you explain Michelangelo, Da Vinci, the Medici, Dante, Florence, Cortona, Val d'Orcia, and fields of glowing sunflowers.

    It is difficult for any of us to comprehend the beauty of this land.  It's impossible to understand how Tuscany nurtured its sons and daughters who have put chisel to marble, shovel to earth, domes on churches, pen to paper, brush to canvas, food to pan with the outcomes they have and continue to achieve.  

    Serena, Costanza, and Lyala, and their team have dedicated themselves to creating the best window into Tuscany you can imagine and it's all here for you to enjoy one click at a time before, during, and after your visit.

    So much of Tuscany goes unvisited and Visit Tuscany works hard to insure you don't miss a stone.

    Be sure to visit their blogs too: http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/allthingstuscany/network/allthingstuscany.html

  • 00:24

    Il Palazzone in Montalcino, Tuscany with Laura Gray

    in Travel

    Imagine yourself strolling amongst the manicured rows of grape vines bursting with this year's harvest for the Brunello to be bottled and set to age for 5 years.  This is the dream of so many of us and Laura and her husband Marco are living the dream.  To be fair there are many others that work hard every single day, year round to make each lovingly crafted bottle of some of the world's most delicious and sought after wine, Il Palazzone's Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.

    Join Laura and I as we talk about dialy life at the winery and how to arrange a trip to visit Il Palazzone while you're in Italy.  We'll talk about some great local places to eat or stay while you're nearby as well as other great day trips near the winery.

    You can find their delicious wine today at Italian Wine Merchants and have it shipped directly to your home to enjoy while you listen to the show.

    Visit their site www.ilpalazzone.com to learn more about the team that makes this wonderful wine, the estate, and how to arrange a visit while you're in Tuscany.  Be sure to read their wonderful blog too.  Lots of great insight about wine, living in Italy, and they even bust a few myths here and there.

    Let's all tip a glass to Laura and her husband Marco, and of course the owner Mr. Richard Parsons and the rest of the Il Palazzone team for making such a great wine and sharing some other their secrets with us on the show.

  • Revelations of the Ruby Crystal - With: Barbara Hand Clow

    in Spirituality

    Barbara Hand Clow is an Internationally acclaimed teacher, author & Mayan Calendar researcher, Her numerous books include the Pleidian Agenda, Alchemy of Nine Dimensions, Awakening the Planetary Mind, and The Mayan Code. She has taught at sacred sites throughout the world and maintains an astrological web site,

    About the book: Set in Rome in 2012, the story follows Sarah Adamson, a beautiful young Catholic graduate student from Boston studying at the Vatican Library for her thesis on the first Christian heretic, Marcion of Pontus. She is being courted by two utterly different men: Simon Appel, a descendent of the kabbalist Isaac Luria who covers Vatican affairs for the New York Times, and Armando Pierleoni, the heir to an ancient Italian aristocratic family with strong ties to the Vatican. After a terrible encounter with the dark side at a castle in Tuscany, Sarah is given a ring set with a ruby crystal, a powerful stone that was once the third eye of an ancient Buddha statue in Nepal. 

    Her website is: http://www.handclow2012.com/index.htm

    For more Soul Talk Episodes: http://www.soultalkradio.org

  • 00:18

    Rick Zullo's Blog Tour and How He Fell in Love with Northern Italy and Tuscany

    in Travel

    Rick Zullo is touring Italy on his Blog Tour and doing a wonderful job experiencing Italy like a local with locals for the benefit of us all.

    My friend Rick has been voted one of the best bloggers on Italy and now he's taking his blog on the road.

    We talked about his time in Milan and the Lake Region, then how he fell in love with Tuscany.

    The best part is Rick has enjoyed tours and guides throughout Italy to experience each place.  From the hilltowns to Florence and he's not stopping there.

    There are more segments to follow for Rick to share his experiences throughout his wonderful tour.

    Visit Rick's site at rickzullo.com

  • 00:24

    Explore Lunigiana in Northern Tuscany - Simply Amazing

    in Travel

    Sheila Parry of CiaoLunigiana.com joins me to discuss why Lunigiana in Northern Tuscany is simply amazing.  Dotted with hilltop castles, majestic views, delicious food, a short drive to the coast and the Cinque Terre, the Lunigiana is a perfect spot in Tuscany for a visit for any Italophile.

    Be sure to visit CiaoLunigiana.com for lots of fun details on the region, to book hotels, learn about the region's delicious food, and book your tours.

  • 00:42

    Gianni Stanghellini of Walk About Tuscany

    in Travel

    my name is Gianni. I own my small tour company. I am an experienced guide and travel agent.

    if you are looking at my website certainly we both share the love for walking or hiking and the love for Tuscany.

    I'm offering you exclusive tailored walks and hikes for small groups

    (individuals, couples, families, groups of friends) to suit every request.

    I provide single day or multiple days excursions and walks.

    Perhaps  you'd like to follow the pilgrims' routes in San Gimignano or to sneak into the Chianti area vineyards to see the harvest of the grapes. Perhaps you prefer to walk to a springtime food festival in the Florence countryside. Perhaps you'd like to hike on remote nature trails or maybe you'd like to learn all about the making of alabaster statues in Volterra. Perhaps...

    I will bring you to the authentic off the beaten path places. Walking and hiking with me you will  see not only how beautiful is the "back road" Tuscany but you will experience the warmth of a country and of its people. You will be part of my everyday life. I will share my family, my friends and my favorite spots with you.

    You will fall in love with Tuscany just by interacting with the locals...farmers, shop owners, people on the streets. No panic, I will provide some help with the language.

    My goal is making your visit to Tuscany an unforgettable experience!

  • 00:40

    Serena Giovannoni of Wish Versilia in Tuscany

    in Travel

    WishVersilia is Travel consultant, Wedding Planner and Personal Concierge. We provide customized services to individual travellers, small groups as well as business travellers in Tuscany. Our consultancy is aimed to grant our customers with safe, relaxing and serene stay.
    Some of the tours & experiences we offer are:
    Versilia Tasting Tour Sailing and Tasting Tour Private Cooking Classes Picnic and Tasting in Chianti Sensations Tour of Garfagnana Wine Tasting Tours with Vineyard owners in Lari, Crespina, and Terricciola Music Footsteps Tour following Giacomo Puccini and Andrea Bocelli Puccini Tour of his famous home and theater Art Deco Tour exploring the Art Nouveau Movement Tour of Leghorn Shopping Tour to enjoy the boutiques of Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, and Lucca Wellness tour to enjoy the markets, Spa, and artisan shops Wedding Planning and services Personal Concierge services.

  • 01:04

    Travel: Italy with guest Walter Sanders, plus the magic of Kiruna, Sweden

    in Travel

    Travel writer Walter Sanders shares his journey's through Italy with a highlight on the Monstigliano Estate in Tuscany and La Marche, Italy. Also on the show CommDigiNews travel writer Bob Taylor will share his discovery of Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost city nestled about 90 miles about the Arctic Circle, where the local economy lives and dies with the productivity of the world’s largest iron-ore mine.

    Not so very long ago, citizens of Kiruna began noticing cracks in the streets and other strange phenomena that told them something was wrong. So the are moving the town.

    This and the always enticing more as we Travel the World with leading travel experts and writers on the CommDigiNews Hour.

  • 00:59

    Problem Solving in Genealogical Research with Mary M.Tedesco

    in History


    Problem Solving in Genealogical Research
    (Strategies / ideas for breaking through your genealogy brick walls.)

    MARY M. TEDESCO is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author. She is a Host / Genealogist on the PBS TV series Genealogy Roadshow (season 2) and the Founder of ORIGINS ITALY. Mary speaks Italian and travels often to Italy to conduct client genealogical research and visit family. Mary is the co-author of Tracing Your Italian Ancestors an 84-page Italian research guide published by Moorshead Magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Boston University and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education. In addition to her Italian ancestry (Calabria, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Tuscany) on her father’s side, she also has deep American roots (German, Irish, Danish & English) on her mother’s side and is proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mary is a member of a number of local and national genealogical societies and serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. She can be contacted at www.originsitaly.com


  • 00:22

    Ian Campbell of Tuscany Tennis

    in Travel

    Holiday in Italy, playing tennis, wine tastings, great local restaurants, and sightseeing.

    Ian Campbell talks about his tennis programs throughout Italy where you can enjoy tennis at any skill level and still have plenty of time to take it all in.

    With locations in Lucca, Florence, Sardinia, Sicily, and Spain you'll enjoy a sporting holiday in some of the most beautiful locations in Itayl.

    Check out his website at www.tuscanytennis.com to book your time on the court.

  • 01:02

    Ben Slayton of Farmers' Gate Market for Local, Pasture-Based Meats

    in Food

    ENVISION THIS: Meat that fills your soul as much as your belly

    Our guest, Ben Slayton lived abroad in Tuscany on an organic farm specializing in pastured pork. There he developed a passion for well-raised meat and craft butchery. After a couple of years raising his own animals here in Maine, Ben switched his focus to building a network of several small farms to support Farmers’ Gate in an effort to bring more locally raised meat to the Maine marketplace.

    Farmers’ Gate Market bridges the gap between local, pasture-based livestock farms and the growing number of families who are looking for good locally-raised meat. They work with a network of Maine farms to provide their customers with grass fed beef, pastured pork and lamb, and free range poultry. They work only with farmers who produce pasture-based livestock, and they process all the meat in-house. As a result, they can ensure safe handling of all their products and retain complete knowledge about everything they sell – from farm to table.

    Like their customers, Farmers’ Gate butchers are hungry for good homegrown food – meat raised locally on pasture by farm families who are thinking about the future. They also look for creative ways to build awareness about local, sustainably raised and craft-butchered meat. Therefore, they share the stories of their farm partners, preserve the skills of whole carcass butchery, and incorporate old world traditions with new technology.



    Coming soon: Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature by your Envision This co-hosts, Burl and Merry Hall


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