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The Trip of Wine and Roses:
Tuscany and Umbria

May 12-22 2007
by Glenn Ormiston | GOrmiston@wimco.com


"What is so rare as a day in June?"...Well to be exact, twelve picture perfect days in May in Tuscany and Umbria where the cobalt blue skies with white fluffy clouds dancing about and temperatures in the mid-70's awaited each morning. With weather such as this, life is good and the Italians prove this on a daily basis.

Our days were filled with early morning drives along winding roads through vineyards and olive groves that were resplendent with new leaves and the brilliant yellow of ginestre giving off a perfume that filled our nostrils. Scenery as one can only imagine became the norm and yet time and time again we found ourselves "rendered speechless" by the beauty and splendor of the countryside. Small towns offered up lunches where no menu exists and the excitement of the surprise that would end up on our table (where the only pre-requisite was that it must be out of doors) never failed to amaze us.


Days seemed to go on forever and the sun set ever so slowly, gently allowing us to experience the ever-changing light of this part of the world over a glass of wine. Nights revolved around heading to a local restaurant (or better yet fattoria just down the road) to experience superb authentic food and more often than not, a late night conversation with the chef/owner.

We had the opportunity to spend three nights in Lucca while we explored the hillsides surrounding this beautiful town. What a delightful experience it was. Not only is this area perfect for the Wimco client but so are the delightful houses which come in every price range. September would be the perfect time to be in the Lucca area which hosts a large celebration during this month.


Chianti? Why, yes, thank you very much! How very lucky we were to experience it in the first blooms of Spring with few (if any) tourists.

Perugia (the regional capital of Umbria) is a bustling city filled with students from the university who flood the main piazza on Friday evenings. A delightful dinner began our stay to be followed by a series of days which became progressively warmer with the smell of lavender and rosemary permeating the air wherever we went.

There are some wonderful properties surrounding Todi. The houses range from luxurious villas to villas well suited for families. The location lends itself to day excursions to Deruta, Todi, Gubbio, Orvieto and of course the Mecca for pilgrims – Assisi.


Tuscany or Umbria? How very different these two regions are. Where Tuscany is filled with vineyards, and olive trees occupy every available plot of soil, Umbria is the land of vast farms filling the hillsides with various patterns and colors. Previously I had been of the mind that Umbria held a certain fascination with its ancient hill towns perched above farms that stretched for miles in every direction; however, Tuscan gardens in the spring are something to behold. The most incredible roses I’ve ever seen, blooming in every possible location and dense woodlands that only allowed the slightest dappling of sunshine wooed me every moment of the time we spent there.

Italy is a delight for the senses and whether you speak the language or not, you'll always be made to feel welcome wherever you travel throughout the country. The sense of history, of wine and roses, of gastronomic delights offers something for everyone. I will cherish the memories of this experience and endeavor to share this with all those curious to travel to these beautiful areas of Italy. Thank you.


Recommended Italian Villas

Villa HII TRR:
A luxurious villa situated on a hilltop overlooking verdant valleys with splendid views, and only two miles from Todi. Elegant, but extremely comfortable with incredible rose gardens surrounding the pool.

Villa HII SAL:
Comprised of two buildings that can accommodate a total of 14 people, this villa is perfect for extended families. It is situated on a hilltop and al fresco dining enjoys panoramic views.

Villa SAL COL:
A true gem in the Tuscan countryside. This is the perfect villa to explore the towns of Tuscany, and especially Lucca. Superbly maintained with glorious gardens surrounding both the pool and the outdoor living areas.


Villa HII BEL, Italy, Tuscany, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas


Very comfortable, elegant villa with an antique tower, stunning views, a short distance from the sea

Tuscany, Italy
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Villa BRV SAS, Italy, Tuscany/Siena, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas


Perfect for a large group, surrounded by hills and vineyards, walk to bus stop and nearest village

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Villa BRV CLO, Italy, Tuscany/Siena, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas


Country style, antique and contemporary design, stunning panoramic view of Tuscan hillside

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Villa SAL DMO, Italy, Tuscany/Lucca, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas


Lovely farmhouse situated high on the hills, private and quiet position, magnificent views

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Villa SAL SOR, Italy, Tuscany/Lucca, 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas


Ideal for 2 families, very attractive property, tastefully furnished, well-groomed gardens

Tuscany/Lucca, Italy
6 br / 6 ba

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WIMCO Villas, BRV GEG, Italy, Tuscany/Siena, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms


Strikingly beautiful restored country house, stunning panorama of Tuscan hills, beautiful pool

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WIMCO Villas, SAL FON, Italy, Tuscany/Val D Orcia, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms


Lovely property, spectacular position with views of surrounding hills, featured in several magazines

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WIMCO Villas, HII PGG, Italy, Tuscany/Val D Orcia, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms


Comfortable country house, ideal for families, near Lake di Chiusi, beautiful infinity swimming pool

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WIMCO Villas, BRV ISA, Italy, Tuscany, 6 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms


Breathtaking vistas, spacious and comfortable, ideal for golfers, spectacular swimming pool

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Palazzo Magnani Feroni

Right in the heart of the city, this Palazzo with its eleven luxurious, restored suites offers all the comforts of the third millennium, while allowing guests to experience the luxuries of aristocratic Florentine families. 24-Hour service, gym.


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Hotel Cerretani Firenze

Contemporary in style and located in a historic 17th-century building, close to the Cathedral, Dante's House and the central train station. In the heart of the elegant shopping district, the Cerretani Firenze is one of the city's best hotels.


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