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Escape to Tuscany
Gianetti, Candice.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Fodor's Travel Publications, [1999]

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95 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 18 cm
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DG734.23 .G53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A vacation you will never forgetA spectacular new color guide that highlights the exceptional experiences of one of Italy's most evocative regions.Stay at the monastery seen in The English PatientLet this book inspire and guide you as you plan your Tuscan getaway. Each of the two dozen sites and experiences it highlights is a perfect gem -- as you'll see for yourself in more than 150 luscious photographs.Harvest grapes for wine and press your own olive oilMix and match featured travel ideas like these to create a one-of-a-kind itinerary that showcases all the many facets of this storied corner of Italy.Hike in the marble mountains that inspired MichelangeloOr study cooking with Lorenza de' Medici, get the best possible view of Siena's legendary Palio, cheer the drivers in a spectacular classic-car race. From celebrated San Gimignano to Tuscany's unsung cowboy country, the essence of Tuscany flourishes inside this book.Plan your escape todayUse the planning section at the end of the book to find out about costs, lodging options, and more; detailed maps show you what's where. Keep this book by your bedside to sweeten your dreams, or pop it into your tote bag when you hit the road. And get ready for the trip of a lifetime.

Author Notes

Photographer Antonio Sferlazzo, a native and spiritual son of the Maremma, who is largely responsible for the choice of locations in this book, lives in the countryside outside Florence, tending his garden. Innovative and painterly in its portrayals of landscapes, his work has appeared both in Italy and the United States in exhibitions and in major magazines, including l'Espresso, Gourmet, European Travel and Life, and GQ. In 1993 Aperture included his images in its prestigious monograph on Italian photographers, which accompanied a traveling show that debuted at the Guggenheim Foundation in Venice and was exhibited in New York at the Murray and Isabella Rayburn Foundation.

Author Candice Gianetti, a longtime freelance writer and editor, fell in love with Italy unexpectedly during a brief visit cobbled onto the end of a long Greek idyll. Back then, when she hit Florence, she was immediately afflicted by a malady of romantic 19th century travelers known as Stendhal Syndrome, after the French novelist who was so affected by the glories of the city that he walked "in constant fear of falling to the ground." Even after months of work on this book, she still feels the same way.



This short essay from the editors at Fodor's explains why Escape to Tuscany is the perfect book to bring all your dreams of the ideal Tuscan getaway to life. Most books on travel shelves are either long on the nitty gritty and short on evocative pictures, or the other way around.  We at Fodor's think  that the balance in this slim volume is just perfect, rather like the intersection of the most luscious magazine article and a sensible, down-to-earth guidebook.  On the road, the useful pages at the end of the book are practically all you need.  For the planning, roam through the color photographs up front: Each one reveals a key facet of the corner of Tuscany it portrays, and taken together with the lyrical accompanying text, all convey a sense of place that will take you there before you go.  Each page opens up one of Tuscany's most exceptional experiences; each spread leads you to the quintessential places that highlight the spirit of Tuscany at its purest. Some of these Tuscan adventures are sure to beckon.  You may yearn to sojourn amid olive groves and vineyards, to join the harvest and savor aromas of loamy earth and good food.  Scramble through quarries whose marble inspired Michelangelo.  Learn to make fresh pasta in a cooking school presided over by a Medici descendant.  Discover an amazing islet in the Tyrrhenian Sea and sybaritic hot springs known since the days of myth.  Take in Florentine fireworks or folkloric rites of spring, horse races or a classic-car race.  At day's end, you can seek shelter in crenellated abbeys, castles, and monasteries, Renaissance villas, restored mills, and medieval towers. While working with words to capture the Tuscan magic that Antonio Sferlazzo defines so beautifully in images, author Candice Gianetti was reminded once again of the truth of the statement that Italians truly know how to live; she rediscovered the pleasures of eating good food fresh from the market at the edge of a vineyard under a tree in the hot sun, and was restored by the peace and ineffable beauty of the Tuscan countryside. It has happened to centuries of travelers before her, and it will happen to you.  So be prepared to embrace il dolce far niente -- the sweetness of doing nothing.  Leave your laptop behind. And escape to Tuscany.  You owe it to yourself. Excerpted from Escape to Tuscany: A Definitive Collection of One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences by Antonio Sferlazzo All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Keys to the Castle Ripa d'Órcia, Crete Senesi Rite of Spring
La Torciata di San Giuseppe, Pitigliano, Maremma Nectar of the Gods
Fattoria Il Milione di Brandimarte Guscelli, near Florence
An Enchanted Isle Pardini's Hermitage, Giglio Island, Maremma
An Abandoned Monastery Sant'Anna in Camprena, near Pienza, Crete Senesi
A Harvest Home Poggio Alloro, near San Gimignano
Mona Lisa Slept Here Villa Vignamaggio, Greve in Chianti Mardi Gras, Tuscan Style Carnevale, Viareggio, Versilia
The Art of the Landscape Agriturismo La Torre, near Pienza, Crete Senesi By the Old Mill Stream Mulin del Rancone, Camporgiano, Garfagnana
Where Sky Melts into Sea Torre Le Cannelle, near Talamone
Maremma Love in Bloom Locanda dell'Amorosa, near Sinalunga, Crete Senesi Into the Marble Mountains
The Quarries of Carrara, Apuan Alps
A Forest of Mysteries La Verna and Camaldoli monasteries, the Casentino Taking the Waters Terme di Saturnia
Maremma City of Towers Hotel la Cisterna, San Gimignano Stairway to Heaven Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Crete Senesi
A Pool with a View Torre di Bellosguardo, Florence
The Great Road Show Mille Miglia classic-car road rally, Via Cassia Riding with the Butteri Azienda Regionale
Agricola di Alberese, Maremma Baptism of Fire Fireworks, Feast of San Giovanni, Florence La Dolce Vita
The Villas of the Luccan Hills Cooking with Class
The Villa Table, Badia a Coltibuono, Gaiole in Chianti Raw Siena
The Palio Up, Up, and Away Ballooning in Tuscany, Rapolano Terme, Crete Senesi
A Winery in Disguise Castello di Volpaia, near Radda in Chianti All the Details