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By psexton
Joined: Sep 12, 2008
Posts: 1

Posted on: October 09, 2008 at 10:59AM

We spent 2 weeks in Italy...Umbria and Toscany. Rented homes in both regions. Lived among and with the local residents. Did a lot of the typical tourists activities, however, spent much more time exploring places the locals recommended and lived. This is the only way to really experience the true culture...including the food, wine, dining with people who own the restaurants, shop where locals purchase food, hearing stories about their towns and villages, understanding the history of the regions. Ate their local food, and spent time on olive farms and vineyards that we wouldn't have discovered had we not made the effort to get to know the people who lived there. Attended festivals and outdoor operas and ate at the local 'mom and pop' cafes and restaurants. When you live in one area among the local residents, and sit outside in the evening at the bars and cafes, you meet so many of the local residents and learn so much about what their region offers. They tell you about places to go and thiings to see that you won't find in a travel guide or experience if you stay in a hotel. If you have the time and are able to do what we did, you will never regret it and constantly revisit all of the memories and experiences. And you will be driven to return and do it all over again and again. report a problem

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