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Caffé rules: Feel at home in the Italian coffee bar

on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 09:28
How to feel at home in an Italian coffee bar, by the Untours blog

Italian coffee rules. We don't need to tell you that. We've gotten much more sophisticated as a coffee-drinking people ourselves. Surely most of us know our cappuccino from our macchiato well before we set foot on a plane. (We may have even gotten a twenty ounce latte at the drive-thru coffee shop on the way to the airport!) But in Italy, there are some important differences to note. As with all rules, the Italians love to make exceptions. But here are some guidelines to aid in the quality of your Italian coffee bar experience.

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Glen McClure: Photographer & Untourist Extraordinaire!

on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 10:19
Photography, McClure, Italy, Untours
Glen and his wife, Marshall, have been on 5 Untours, travelling with us first in 1999: Tuscany (1999,2005), Umbria (2006), Venice-Umbria (2007),  Tuscany- Umbria (2011). 

Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.

We spent one week in Tuscany and one week in Umbria. I am a professional photographer and I love to photograph the landscape and the people too, so I pretty much spend my time shooting. That is when I am not sampling the great food and wine from these regions. What a combo, natural beauty and the beauty of great, simple food prepared well!

What is your favorite Untours

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A roadmap for some of Italian culture's more noteworthy features

on Thu, 09/06/2012 - 11:45
Festival in the village of Murlo, Marlene Hench, Untours
A festival at one of Untours' home villages, Murlo is one way that you can see the strong bonds of community that are typical in an Italian community; it's one hallmark of the Italian culture.

In an attempt to better understand Italy, today's culture clue is an overview of some of Italian culture's more famous features. Of course I begin with the usual caution and caveats, as there is no "typical Italian" so much as there are overall tendencies in a culture. Understanding some of these unspoken attitudes and common prespectives may help you understand and appreciate your experience, on your

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Our Untourist of the Week, Doris M! (her Untours Cafe moniker)

on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 14:28
Untourist Doris M has traveled with Untours to Switzerland, Tuscany, Provence, Alsace, Spain, Venice, Prague and Budapest
This week's Untourist of the Week, Doris Matick because of her lovely photos of Spain that you see in the slideshow below.  But when we asked her for her Untour impressions, she went all over the map. Which is not to say, she doesn't love Spain.  Check out her wonderful blog post on Untours Cafe, The Colours of Spain - Andalusia in Springtime
Doris and her husband have gone on nine Untours: Swiss Heartland, Swiss Ticino, Tuscany, Provence, Alsace, Spain, Venice, Prague/Budapest
Along with this beautiful essay on Priego de Cordoba, one of Untours hometowns, Doris has three more Spain
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Untourist of the Week: Metha Hillard

on Mon, 01/23/2012 - 10:47

Our favorite memories of Untours have been the times that we were actually in Tuscany on Mother's Day (same day as ours here in America). During this time of year, the flowers are in full bloom and there are many opportunities to see them on display.

Pienza is my favorite place to see the flowers. There is a flower market where all the local landscapers and nurseries come to town and show off their roses, hydrangeas and geraniums. Although I'm partial to Tuscany in the spring because of the flowers, gardeners would love going in the fall to see all the greenery. It's great all year round, really.

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Untours Featured Property: Il Pozzo

on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 10:30

Il Pozzo
Our Il Pozzo apartment is located in the heart of the tiny Etruscan village of Murlo.

Staying in Murlo will give you easy access to Buonconvento (only a 10-15 minute drive) and Siena (around 30 minutes) while Florence is just a 90-minute drive away.


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The Best Restaurant Inside the Walls of Buonconvento

on Tue, 01/17/2012 - 10:42

As you well know, Italy is overflowing with great food and abundant with amazing places to eat all that food. In places like Rome, Florence and Venice, it can be a snap to find good restaurants in Rick Steves' Italy guidebooks or one of the many other excellent guidebooks out there.

However, if you're in Tuscany and looking for a restaurant in Buonconvento, a beautiful little medieval town just south of Siena, it may be a little more difficult to know which restaurants to give a shot.

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Untourist of the Week: Thomas Evans

on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 10:39

We're not typical Untourists because our last tour was our seventh consecutive visit to South Tuscany. Being in a familiar place, we didn't feel compelled to visit every museum, inspect every basilica, and hike up the main street of every hill town listed in the guide books, but we did cover some ground because we enjoy motoring over the Tuscan hills and torturing the locals with our inclination to obey the speed limit.