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Cate Poe's Italy 2015

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Long-stay VISA problems forced us to cancel plans to spend 2014 in Livrono, Italy. We are still dreaming about making this happen in 2015
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Via Carlo Goldoni, 83, 57125 Livorno LI, Italy
Considered one of Italy's most beautiful and historic theaters, the Goldoni Theater has been fully restored and is a place of grandeur and beauty. On an 8 day cruise through Tuscany and Provence with the Azamara Journey, something that is included...
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Really cool, lesser known mountain town in Maremma in Western Tuscany. Built on top of the tufa rock. Very few tourists (at least in October)
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Via Panoramica, 58019 Porto Santo Stefano GR, Italy
Drive around the (sometimes scary) Via Panoramica on the Monte Argentario and you'll feel like you have the Italian Coast all to yourself. During a two hour drive around the tip, I passed two cars, local workmen. Some of the prettiest and isolated...
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Via della Fonte, 58043 Vetulonia GR, Italy
Cucina di Andrea, in the Etruscan hill town Vetulonia, offers both private dinners and cooking classes. The meals are prepared in Andrea's rustic alfresco kitchen and served on a breathtaking terrace surrounded by groves of olive and oak trees—and...
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Località Sbarcatello, 58019 Porto Ercole GR, Italy
You don't hear a lot about Maremma, the western coast of Tuscany. But Il Pellicano has long been a famous retreat outside of the town of Porto Ercole, right by where the Costa Concordia tipped over. Awesome pool high about the calm ocean. 2 star...
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Via Fulceri Paolucci Dè, Via de Calboli, 11, 58100 Grosseto GR, Italy
Castello di Vicarello is the dreamy 12th-century castle-turned-hotel of Aurora Baccheschi Berti and her husband Carlo. Set on vineyards in Maremma, Tuscany, it's the perfect setting to live like an Italian and perfect the art of eating, drinking,...
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Loc. Follonata, 58014 Saturnia, Manciano GR, Italy
The Maremma region of southern Tuscany, about an hour south of Siena, is an area of olive groves, wooded valleys, and ancient legends. One such tale, dating from the days of the Etruscans and Romans, chronicles an epic battle in which Jupiter...