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  • Warm and Fuzzy? Not!

    Published March 11th, 2015 by Susie White
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    One of the things you’ll probably remember fondly after a visit to central Italy are the beautiful stone pine trees, also known as umbrella pines, that make so many landscapes unforgettable. Sadly, this beautiful tree has a very shallow root system and during high winds they often fall victim, sometimes causing victims themselves. Last week’s exceptionally high winds caused hundreds of trees to fall, all over the central regions. Consequently, many towns are going to have to rethink what type of trees to plant in urban areas, as surely these trees can be as dangerous as they are beautiful.

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  • Gusto Wine Tours – Grand Prize Draw! Raising money and awareness for “Paws To Help”.

    Published February 23rd, 2015 by Giselle Stafford
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    UPDATE!! UPDATE!! UPDATE!!
    We have a fabulous announcement to make!
    We have a SECOND prize from our gorgeous talented friend Nikki Donovan aka The Artful Chocolatier ….
    A beautiful assortment of handmade, bespoke chocolates with the PAWS TO HELP logo on them.

    The Grand Prize is a fabulous Gusto Wine Tour for TWO people. The prize will be valid until the end of 2015.

    The cause is to raise money for the various furry/feathered friends that Lisa May (AKA Santa Francesca) & her other half Gio (Dr Doolittle – He talks to the animals!) have rescued/found or they have found them! Lisa has just started a Facebook community page called Paws To Help to show what they have done over the years and continue to do!

    Each raffle ticket is €5 (Five Euros) and you can buy as many as you like! Each €5 will be randomly assigned a number & (not randomly) your name.

    We need at least 100 tickets sold by midday April 3rd 2015 . If that total isn’t reached – the money raised by that stage will go to Paws To Help without the prize draw. Once 100 or more numbers are sold, I will use a random number generator to pick a number out the hat! The winner will be notified on the Gusto – Umbrian Wine Tours Facebook page! Then the money will be presented to Lisa & Gio for Paws To Help.

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  • Befana Buona 2014

    Published December 22nd, 2014 by Stephen Mark
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    In Italian folklore Befana is portrayed as an old lady riding a broomstick. She visits children all over the world on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany to fill their socks with a sweet (dolce) if they have behaved well (buona figura) or good piece of onion if they have been bad (brutta figura). Befana enters each house through the chimney and, being a good housekeeper, uses her broom to sweep up a bit before she leaves. Many of the past year’s problems are swept away during this cleaning. Children who are wise (furbi) leave a glass of wine (vino) and a bite to eat (it is said she loves cardoons) to nibble on just to make sure she does not fly over without stopping in.

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  • Missing Home for the Holidays (or not)

    Published December 21st, 2014 by ErinAbroad
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    We asked our insiders to share with us one thing they love about the holidays abroad (or miss from “home”).

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  • Pinecone Harvesting

    Published November 12th, 2014 by Susie White
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    I grew up hearing ‘you learn something new every day’ quite often. Well, the other day I sure did! Rome and the region of Lazio are beautifully decorated with stone pines, also known as umbrella pines. Once you’ve seen them, you can understand why they’re called umbrella pines. They are the beautiful, tall pines with a flatish tuft at the top that opens like an umbrella. Some also call them Roman pines. They border many paths, are omnipresent in parks and beautifully line many of the highways and wide roads. Their shallow root systems are unfortunately responsible for many of the uneven sidewalks and streets, but that’s another story (another blog?).

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  • Spring Ahead, Fall Back

    Published October 21st, 2014 by Insiders Abroad
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    Quick reminder: It’s that time of year again, as we turn clocks back and come off daylight saving’s time this weekend, between Saturday night and Sunday morning, October 26th. Remember to turn back one hour.

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  • What is the Value Behind a Professionally Written Resume and Is it Worth Paying For?

    Published September 23rd, 2014 by rumiana
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    Many applicants approach me with various questions on how to get their resumes/CV applications right and if it’s really necessary to send a cover letter. The second most frequent question I have to answer is “which is the best website to look at for free resume templates”?

    To most of these applicants, I simply answer “there is no perfect way to do this” or “nothing for free will give you real value”.

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  • 24 hours in Milan

    Published September 21st, 2014 by Beatriz B.
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    In my previous post about my brother and sister-in-law’s trip to Italy, I talked about some of the things we did that weekend in Rome. We focused mostly on the Vatican, spending our time visiting the Vatican Museum and Garden, St. Peter’s Basilica and its dome, and they were lucky enough to attend the annual papal mass celebrating St. Peter and St. Paul, the patron saints of Rome (eventually I will get to writing a post on how you can reserve tickets to a papal mass).

    After, Carolina and Joaquin took a train to Venice on their own, then we met up with them in…Milan!

    I had been dying to visit Milan, of course, because I’m a girl and Milan is known for being Italy’s fashion capital. Jaime was less excited about it. W...

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  • Rome's River Tracks, Our Night Out on the Town

    Published September 21st, 2014 by Beatriz B.
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    When Domenico and his girlfriend Simona reached out to me to join them for a night on their River Tracks boat, I was flattered but really did not know what to expect. I had never heard of this particular Tevere excursion and some of our Italian friends even told us that they were completely unaware tourist boats were allowed on the Tevere (they ended up being extremely wrong about this).


  • Run for Biodiversity

    Published September 9th, 2014 by Susie White
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    Run for Biodiversity is a 5km non-competitive run/walk event, organized by Bioversity International, a research-for-development organization that provides scientific evidence of the role that on-farm and wild agricultural and forest biodiversity can play in a more nutritious, resilient, productive and adaptable food and agricultural system.

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