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Coffee & Cafes Italy

January 25, 2012 by Mtaussig

It’s no accident that there are few if any Starbucks in Italy.  Arguably, Italy (in our humble opinion) invented the concept that Starbucks shoots for.  In Italy there often are two or three bars per city block, staffed by a skilled “barista” who knows their customer personally and serves even the quickest, cheapest coffee with…  


Travel Takeaway: Our Favorite Hotel in Florence

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Florence Italy Travel Tips

January 24, 2012 by Nickfortunatus

Whether it’s the gripping history of the Medici family, the inescapable allure of the Duomo or the seemingly endless string of artistic masters that lived and worked there (Dante, da Vinci, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo…and on and on and on), Florence presents you with innumberable excuses to stay “just one more night.” In fact, when I first…  


Untourist of the Week: Metha Hillard

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Italy Tuscany Untourist of the Week

January 23, 2012 by Nickfortunatus

Each Monday, The Untourist interviews an Untourist of the Week and features the discussion for your enjoyment. This week’s Untourist is Metha Hillard, who has been on 17 UnTours. We hope you enjoy her story. Thanks, Metha! Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour. In the spring of 2011, after a stay…  


Foundation Fridays: If The Shoe Fits…

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Untours Foundation

January 20, 2012 by Elizabethkillough

From time to time, I receive a friendly email from someone letting me know there is an error in an online interview of Hal. The actual interview reads: A former college professor once told him, “It’s not how much you give away [that matters in life], it’s how much you keep.” Those emailing me suggest…  


Untours Featured Property: Il Pozzo

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Italy Tuscany

January 19, 2012 by Nickfortunatus

Although UnTours are about so much more than the great apartments you stay in, we want to give you an idea of the types of apartments we have to help you make more informed decisions when choosing your Untour. So, each week, we’ll be featuring a property for you. Enjoy! Il Pozzo Our Il Pozzo…  


A Recipe from Tuscany: Cooked Water

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Italy Tuscany

January 18, 2012 by Nickfortunatus

Photo: “Toscana – Val d’Orcia – dalla Via della Foce” © 2009 Oishi Kuranosuke, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ If you ask me, it’s a given that Italian food (you know, the kind cooked in Italy) is going to delight your taste buds. In addition to the gustatory glee I get from…  


The Best Restaurant Inside the Walls of Buonconvento

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Italy Restaurants Tuscany

January 17, 2012 by Nickfortunatus

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…  


Untourist of the Week: Thomas Evans

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Florence Italy Music Tuscany

January 16, 2012 by Mtaussig

1.”Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.” 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…  


Foundation Fridays: Hal, the Spokes-Man

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Untours Foundation

January 13, 2012 by Elizabethkillough

I just snapped this photo of Hal on a tandem bike with bike advocate, Ira Josephs. Hal and Ira were visiting some retailers in our town of Media, PA, hoping to convince them to sell Fair Trade Certified products. As many of you know, the UnTours Foundation is the small and mighty nonprofit that’s the…  


Untours Featured Property: Le Chiuse

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Apartments Italy Tuscany

January 12, 2012 by Nickfortunatus

Although UnTours are about so much more than the great apartments you stay in, we want to give you an idea of the types of apartments we have to help you make more informed decisions when choosing your Untour. So, each week, we’ll be featuring a property for you. Enjoy! Le Chiuse in Montalcino, Tuscany…