The idea was to get off the beaten strada … to take visitors on a journey through less-traveled areas where Tuscany meets Umbria. At least that’s where things began.
When my husband and I first bought our home in Umbria, more than ten years ago, the idea was a small one. I eagerly explored medieval hill towns and ancient sites that guidebooks didn’t mention (constantly marveling at how they could have been missed), and when guests came to visit I took them there. Through my frequent travels here and there across the Italian countryside, I met incredible, warmhearted Italians who loved playing host to my guests. They offered to walk, cook, guide, talk and sip (usually wine) with us, and of course we did.
The idea grew and so I began to offer small group tours. Not just any tours, mind you, but boutique-style, small group tours that are an incredible combination of the exciting and the peaceful, the popular and the secret, the talked about and the never-heard-of-before.
This blog is where I share experiences, information, stories and (of course!) recipes that I encounter along the way – on this fabulous journey, off the beaten strada in Italy.