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A Stay at the Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence, Italy

Gorgeous views of Florence from the Villa San Michele

There are a lot of luxury hotels to pick from in Florence, but there is only one in Fiesole hills in a converted 15th century former monastery that has a facade attributed to Michaelangelo– The Belmond Villa San Michele.

My husband and I chose the property from among LHW’s excellent edit of Italian properties. I love repurposed buildings and the Villa San Michele has managed to keep much of the Renaissance charm of the monastery intact while providing all the expected perks, luxuries, and excellent service that are expected from a Belmond property (note: The Belmond Brand was formerly known as Orient-Express).

A Stay at Villa D’Este Lake Como, Italy

The view from our Lake View Junior Suite in the Cardinal Building at Villa D’Este

This summer I visited Italy’s Lake Como for the first time. It’s stunningly beautiful, even though the weather was mostly rainy during my visit. My husband recently joined LHW’s Leaders Club Unlimited and LHW has an exceptional edit of hotels in Italy, including Villa d’Este.

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Honored to Be Nominated as One of the USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice: Best Travel Photography Bloggers

Yesterday I was honored (and surprised ) to learn I have been nominated by USA Today and 10Best Readers” Choice as one of the Best Travel Photo Bloggers. It was unexpected and I’m very touched by the nomination. I love sharing my travel photos with my blog audience, and it’s always nice to learn that the readers appreciate it too.

Voting began August 11th. You can vote each day through September 8th!

Here’s the link to vote for me:

Winners will be announced on September 10th. Here are some of my favorite images I’ve featured on the blog in recent months.

Wine Tasting In Tuscany At Tenuta Torciano

The liquid line up at Tenuta Torciano

During my recent wine tasting tour of the Chianti Region near Florence, the first stop was Tenuta Torciano, in San Gimignano. Located about 40 minutes outside of Florence, this winery has been owned by the same family for 13 generations. It’s a great destination if you’re looking for things to do around Florence, or an option for a day trip.

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