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Masks, wigs and Wellies in fashion as floods welcome Venice Carnival

Masks, wigs and Wellies in fashion as floods welcome Venice Carnival | Living In Italy | Scoop.it
Rain or shine the show goes on in Venice where the city's famed Carnival period began on Sunday amid worse than usual seasonal flooding and rain in the City of Water.
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UMBRIA WEEK-END ESCAPE WITH THE LADIES!

UMBRIA WEEK-END ESCAPE WITH THE LADIES! | Living In Italy | Scoop.it
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An organised trip for a girls’ long weekend in the Umbrian countryside

 

Escape with the girls for a long weekend to the green heart of Italy, and enjoy a slice of La Dolce Vita in the beautiful Umbrian countryside.  Our tailor-made tour takes you on a cultural, culinary and sartorial trip where you can learn to make pasta like mama, savour the regional treats of truffles, pecorino and grechetto, possibly take in the designer outlets on the Prada strada, and ponder your purchases with a spa treatment and a poolside dip amidst the Umbrian hills.   

You will stay in a traditional farmhouse, Casa Ilci, just 15 minutes from the beautiful city of Todi, and well placed for your road to the designer outlets just south of Florence.  The house itself oozes character and rustic charm, and has plenty of space to accommodate up to 6 people, with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large lounge, 2 kitchens and a glorious garden full of pine trees.  The terrace is the perfect place to sip an Aperol spritzer and take in the panoramic views across the Umbrian countryside.   Our typical itinerary includes the following, but can be adjusted according to your travel times and specific requirements and of course, season.:

Thursday – Arrive to Perugia on the morning Ryanair flight from Stansted, and collect the rental car from the small and perfectly formed airport, just a 25 minute drive from Casa Ilci.  Upon arrival to the house, enjoy a refreshing, post-flight drink and typical Italian nibbles on the terrace before an alfresco lunch in the nearby city of Todi.  Cooking with nonna begins in the late afternoon, where you will learn to make pasta and a traditional Umbrian dessert at a local agriturismo.  Pay attention, as you will be sampling the fruits of your labour, with a glass (or two) of home grown wine from the local vineyard.  

Friday – Set out early on the road to Prada, the retail outlet in Montevarchi, just a 90 minute drive from the house (directions provided).  Grab your ticket from the Prada machine, and then enjoy a café latte and delicious pastry from the Prada café whilst discussing tactics (we will offer up some secrets to securing the best deals!).  If your shopping fix is not exhausted at Prada, grab a quick salami baguette, and head to The Mall, just a 25 minute journey away, which has many more designer shops, including Gucci, Marni, Tods….and even Prada (but the first is the biggest and the best!).  Head back to Casa Ilci after the Euros are spent up for a wonderful dinner under the stars at one of Todi’s best restaurants, followed by gelato in the piazza if you have the energy!

Saturday – Time to relax with a spa treatment at a local hotel followed by a dip in the pool and, weather permitting, a spot of sunbathing with magnificent views across the grape vines towards Todi.  Lunch is served at their elegant restaurant, renowned for its wonderful, crisp white wine.  Relax in the sun for the afternoon.  Or perhaps take a cultural walking tour of Todi with our local agent, who will fascinate with Etruscan-Roman and Medieval tales of this beautiful walled city, with its incredible architecture and picturesque piazza.

Sunday –Spend your last few hours soaking up the last of La Dolce Vita, and perhaps a quick dash to the local supermercato to stock up on Baci chocolate and jars of Tartufo for the folks back home (or just for yourself…you deserve it!).  Take the Ryanair flight back and be home by tea time, ready to enjoy a bowl of hot truffle pasta and a glass of vino whilst strategizing your next girls’ holiday!    


  

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Todi, visitare la citta piu vivibile al mondo con Peugeot 5008 - YouTube

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Buying a Property in Italy | Italian property market update

Buying a Property in Italy | Italian property market update | Living In Italy | Scoop.it

Exciting news for anyone due to complete the purchase of an Italian property in the near future or thinking of investing in the Italian property market this year
If you are buying a property in Italy in 2014, due to a restructure in Land Registry charges, house prices will decrease. Italy is one of the only countries in Europe that can boast lower rather than higher charges, the majority of countries are increasing their charges...
If you purchase from a private individual as a first or main home you will save €1,260 in every €100,000, again another 1% decrease.
So, if your Italian property is €300,000 you will save the sum of €3,780 on a first home and €2,700 on a second home.
In these times when just about every which way you turn you are paying more, this is an unexpected surprise. It is also the time when property prices are still at their lowest but are starting to show signs of rising in the more popular areas, so now is a perfect time to buy a property.
Luxury Italian real estate is showing signs of increasing, another very positive factor when you are considering buying your property in Italy is the absence of inheritance tax as long as you leave the property to a close relation.
Finally, if you do not sell the property for 5 years capital gains tax in Italy is not payable.


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Todi - Exclusive ex Monastery Apartment in Complex for Holiday Rental

Todi - Exclusive ex Monastery Apartment in Complex for Holiday Rental | Living In Italy | Scoop.it

Situated in the green heart of Umbria, and 10 minutes drive to Roman-medieval Todi, there is an exquisite ex 11 century Benedictine Monastery complex waiting for you to discover and enjoy. This exclusive apartment residence  is situated in stunning grounds with a beautiful pool, a wonderfully large terrace, a lovely shaded pergola when the heat hits  and awe inspiring views over the Umbrian varied landscape and medieval towns in the distance.  Guests can be assured a beautiful and relaxing experience in stunning surroundings and comfort

The beautiful unique exterior of the residence is unparalleled charm  and its characteristic spacious interior.  It is finely furnished and with a mix of traditional and all the modern comforts to make your stay memorable and unforgettable.   Both bedrooms share a wonderful  balcony with stunning views over the panorama and a beautiful sunrise.

As the complex are wine producers and olive oil specialists, guests can visit the winery and have tastings of the excellent wines produced and the fantastic extra virgin olive oil, which surrounds the country estate as far as the eye can see.

The residence consists of

1 double bedroom
1  bedroom with twin beds
1 spacious living room with feature fireplace
1  fully fitted kitchen with gas hob/electric fan oven and fridge-freezer
1 large bathroom with wash basin, bidet, toilet and large shower unit
Flat screen LED TV
telephone
internet connection / wifi

 

Excellent rates - please get in touch for details.

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Just 10 minutes from beautiful Todi, an exquisite residence within an ex Monastery complex surrounded by stunning Umbrian countryside, historic towns, cypress trees and olive groves.  Beautiful residence apartment with an exterior that is the stuff of Italian dreams....

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Vinitours: Vinitours Website

Vinitours: Vinitours Website | Living In Italy | Scoop.it

After a very busy 2013 which included visits to several new wine producers in Italy, as well as arranging many tours, workshops and tastings at winerys in Le Marche and Umbria, we at Vinitours decided it was time to update our increasingly popular website, this would allow us to introduce many new features, including several new wine tours to our existing clients and also new visitors.
The original Vinitours website was created in 2010 to cater for the growing demand for specialist tours to small bespoke wine and olive oil producers in Italy, so by late 2013 as we had a large selection of these tours and workshops in place we decided that we needed to expand and improve our website and other promotional materials.
Our new Vinitours website now allows us to give a detailed description of the wines produced by these small  artisan wine producers and also full details with prices of the tours available from us in 2014. This now allows us to also update our Olivaverde website which concentrates on Italian and Mediterranean olive oils so we are now moving the olive oil producers with the tours to a new section on the Olivaverde site in February 2014

Dopo un 2013 davvero pieno con visite a moltissimi produttori in Italia, la realizzazione di tour, seminari e degustazioni in cantine marchigiane e umbre, Vinitours ha deciso che è tempo di rinnovare il prorpio sito web sempre più visitato, permettendo così a noi di introdurre molti nuovi produttori e tour in pregiate cantine Italiane a beneficio dei nostri clienti sia vecchi che nuovi.
Il sito originale di Vinitours è stato creato nel 2010 per far fronte alla crescente domanda di tour su misura e specializzati in piccoli produttori artigianali di vino ed olio. A fine 2013 il sito presentava un'ampia selezione di tour e seminari ed abbiamo deciso che era il momento adatto per espandere e migliorare il nostro sito web.
Il nostro nuovo sito di Vinitours ci permette ora di avere una dettagliata spiegazione per ogni tipologia di vino prodotta dai vignaioli con cui collaboriamo ed una completa lista di tour disponibili per il 2014. Ciò ci ha anche permesso di aggiornare il nostro sito di Olivaverde, spostandovi tutti i produttori di olio da Vinitorus, e concentrandoci su produttori di tutta la zona del Mediterraneo, creando una nuove sezione sul sito di Olivaverde che sarà disponibile dal prossimo mese.

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Tuscany, Umbria, Marche Cycle Experience

Tuscany, Umbria, Marche Cycle Experience | Living In Italy | Scoop.it
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A unique and exclusive cycling tour based in beautiful Cortona, Tuscany. Italy Cycle Experience offers an exclusive itinerary at great affordable rates and provides " a cyclist's dream - 3 stunning Italian regions - 1 fantastic cycling experience"

 

www.italycyclexperience.com

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I Love Italian Travel – Umbria Carnival Season 2014

I Love Italian Travel – Umbria Carnival Season 2014 | Living In Italy | Scoop.it
The city of Sant'Eraclio, Umbria in central Italy is located some 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of the regional capital, Perugia. Its Carnevale was or.

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WineNews - The pocket wine website in Italy

WineNews - The pocket wine website in Italy | Living In Italy | Scoop.it
L’UMBRIA TRA “10 BEST WINE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS” 2014 DEL MAGAZINE USA “WINE ENTHUSIAST”, CHE INCORONA LA TERRA DEL SAGRANTINO, ORVIETO, TORGIANO E ALTRI, AL TOP DELL’ENOTURISMO MONDIALE.
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Twitter / ThatsEarth: Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy ...

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Twitter / EARTH_PlCTURES: The beauty of Venice, Italy ...

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Italy's “Slow Food” Pioneer: How My Love for Food Ripened into a ...

Italy's “Slow Food” Pioneer: How My Love for Food Ripened into a ... | Living In Italy | Scoop.it
Our philosophy is good, clean, and fair food: Good because it is healthy and tasty; clean because it is produced with low environmental impact and with animal welfare in mind; and fair because it respects the work of those ...
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Soul & Energy of Umbria Captured by Steve McCurry | Travel |

Soul & Energy of Umbria Captured by Steve McCurry | Travel | | Living In Italy | Scoop.it
Sensational Umbria by Steve McCurry is commissioned by the Region of Umbria to capture images from all walks of life.
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You can see San Fortunato, Todi out of the window ! 

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Todi by night

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Simply amazing

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NEWS: A special toast to the “ART OF LOVE” couple | Living in Italy

NEWS: A special toast to the “ART OF LOVE” couple | Living in Italy | Living In Italy | Scoop.it
The truly great thing about living in Italy, besides its wonderful  architecture, art and culture, food and wine, awe inspiring landscapes and selling
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UMBRIA: TODI 19c stone country house/large panoramic terrace NOW REDUCED 280,000e | Living in Italy

UMBRIA: TODI 19c stone country house/large panoramic terrace NOW REDUCED 280,000e | Living in Italy | Living In Italy | Scoop.it
Situated minutes away from the beautiful Roman-medieval hill town of Todi in the Umbrian countryside and surrounded by fields of sunflowers, olive groves,
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Fantastic reduction of this 18th Century large country house - just 10 minutes from Roman Medieval Todi, Umbria.

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Lucca sarà per due giorni capitale dell'olio extra vergine di oliva di qualità - TeatroNaturale.It

Lucca sarà per due giorni capitale dell'olio extra vergine di oliva di qualità - TeatroNaturale.It | Living In Italy | Scoop.it

Nel corso della manifestazione sarà presentato Terred’Olio 2014, il libro-guida curato da Fausto Borella ed edito da Cinquesensi e saranno assegnati il riconoscimento Luigi Veronelli e le Corone Maestrod’olio alle etichette che in questa annata, grazie alla cura e alla sapienza dei produttori, accanto alla benevolenza climatica, sapranno esprimere la migliore interpretazione dei territori che li generano.


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Mountain Biking in the Sibillini National Park

Mountain Biking from Ussita up to the Fargno Pass - downhill to the Valle di Panico in the Sibillini National Park.


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Incredible Christ of the Abyss Statue On The Italian Riviera

Incredible Christ of the Abyss Statue On The Italian Riviera | Living In Italy | Scoop.it
The amazing Christ of the Abyss statue can be found at a depth of about 49 feet at the bottom of the bay of San Fruttuoso inside Portofino's Protected Natu (RT @Outcastotter: Incredible #ChristoftheAbyss #Statue On The #Italian #Riviera -

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The WWF Natural Reserve Oasi di Alviano

The WWF Natural Reserve Oasi di Alviano | Living In Italy | Scoop.it
The natural reserve, known as the Oasi di Alviano, is a short ride by car from the beautiful city Orvieto (22 km) and a perfect spot for a peaceful walk in the nature and birdwatching.
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Italy World Cup Rewind: 1934 Final Victory vs. Czechoslovakia - Bleacher Report

Italy World Cup Rewind: 1934 Final Victory vs. Czechoslovakia - Bleacher Report | Living In Italy | Scoop.it
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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST.FRANCIS OF ASSISI - The Island.lk (subscription)

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST.FRANCIS OF ASSISI - The Island.lk (subscription) | Living In Italy | Scoop.it
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