Tuscany: Touring the towns of Greve, Montepulciano, San Gimignano and Pienza for wine tours, castle stays, and meeting the friendly winemakers there.
Montelago Celtic Festival in Italy’s Apennine Mountains is a combination of a druid gathering, a music fest, and the Highland games–with camping, world music, and lots of beer and fun.
Il Palio is a 95-second horse race around the Piazza del Campo in the historic city’s center. Throngs of cheering locals and visitors make this a breathtaking event, once made famous as the beginning of a James Bond movie.
Le Marche, in the northeast Adriatic side of Italy, is a wonderful place to paddle a kayak. Ann Banks shares her trip paddling and enjoying the cuisine, the history and many attractions of this unheralded region of Italy.