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To-Tuscany Newsletter- August 2010
In This Issue
The Good Web Guide
Greve Wine Festival
Shop with Sting
Umbrian Offerings
Dear Newsletter Reader,
 
Welcome to the August issue of our newletter.

This month you are given the chance to tell others what you think of our website as we are once again entered for the The Good Web Guide "Website of the Year 2010" competition (we were Finalists in 2009).

Its almost time for one of our favourite Tuscan Festivals - the Greve Wine Festival and in September you will find that South of the Tuscan border in Umbria, a number of musical and art events take place throughout September.  Umbria is easily accessed from the Chianti and is certainly worth a visit.

Christmas is not that far away (sorry to remind you) but if you are looking for something really special and different for friends or family members, why not take a visit to rock star Stings shop!  You can even walk to your neighbours (Sting and his family) shop from one of our villas!

As always, please let us know your views on our newsletters or contact me for any other information or help.

Regards

Dympna
dympna@to-tuscany.com
 
The Good Web Guide competition
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The Good Web Guide Entrant logo







Last year, To Tuscany were finalists in the Website of the Year competition and whilst we did not win the first prize, we were awarded a Five Star Recommended website rating. You can read about it here

Many of you comment on how good you find our website so, we would like to again invite our customers to visit the competition website and give us a review so we can again make the final shortlist and perhaps improve on last year. 
Reviews are open until 30 September with the finalists being announced on 12 October.  The results are announced at the Good Web Guide award ceremony in November.

Please click here to review www.to-tuscany.com


 
Shop with Sting
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Tenuta il Palagio 









For the second month in a row, rock superstar Sting appears in the To Tuscany newsletter!  As a resident of Tuscany for many years now, Sting and his wife Trudi Styler have recently opened a food store on their Tuscan Farm Estate - Tenuta il Palagio.
All produce is organically grown and produced on the estate.  Items on sale in the shop include acacia honey, vegetables, olive oil, salamis and wine.
If you would like to be closer to the shop and the estate, To Tuscanys villa - Casa al Ponte (sleeps up to 9) - is within walking distance and has land bordering with Stings farm estate - we cant guarantee that you will see the superstar but you may be closer than you ever will be!
 


 
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Greve Wine Festival
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Greve Wine Festival








The Rassegna del Chianti Classico is held at Greve in Chianti which starts on the second weekend of September on the Friday evening and continues through until Sunday evening (10 - 12 September 2010).  The festivities begin around 5pm on Friday night but Saturday is the main day with the wine tastings beginning around 11am and finishing around 8pm. You buy a wine glass from the Segretaria (10 Euros in 2009) and you can then visit the wine stalls to fill up your glass and taste the wines. The evenings usually finish with a fireworks display.

As one of the 5 main Chianti Towns of Tuscany Greve is easily reached from all areas. To Tuscany has properties accommodating from 2-12 people all within a 15km radius of Greve.  For details of the properties and their locations please click here
 
Umbrian Offerings
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Sagra Musicale Umbria
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Citta della Pieve near Perugia promises visitors a "complete assault of the senses" at the Aphrodisiac Festival. The programme has a number of food, drink, music, theatre, dance, literary readings and cookery demonstrations from 9th-12th September. Why Citta della Pieve? The area has a history of producing Saffron - an aphrodisiac!

The Sagra Musicale Festival of Umbria runs from 11th-19th September and this year will comprise of 13 concerts of Classical music, Sacred music, Gregorian chanting and other styles.  Venues include the cathedrals in Perugia and Orvieto.  If you love Classical music, this event is certainly worth a visit.  Venue and performance information can be found (in Italian) on the link above.  Tickets can also be booked online from the website.
 
 
To Tuscany have a number of Villas and Apartments in Umbria all within easy drive of the festivals
 
PHOTOCOMPETITION
 

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Weather WondersDont forget about the To Tuscany 2010 photocompetition.  Entries (maximum of 5) must be sent in JPEG format and the prize is a hamper of Tuscan delicacies.  Send your entry to dympna@to-tuscany.com with your name, reservation code and a title for each of the photos.  
 
Emma Pyes photo of the sunflowers, fields and hills and the impending storm was billed as 'Weather Wonders' and was a runner-up in the 2009 competition.
 

 

BOOK NOW FOR 2011

 
All of our villas are now available for bookings in 2011.  Some of our most popular villas are already filling up so you will need to book early to avoid disappointment!
 
TO TUSCANYS TOP FIVE VILLAS WITH PRIVATE POOLS OF 2010
 
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La Casanova LA CASANOVA: Sleeping 2 people, its the ideal romantic retreat and is within walking distance of Radda in Chianti.
 
 
 
 
 
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Casa KiwiCASA KIWI: Sleeping 6 people, enjoy the views of the countryside near Gaiole in Chianti from the hillside position.
 
 
 
 
 
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Il MolinaccioIL MOLINACCIO:  This versatile villa can be rented for 10, 12 or 14 people and offers fantastic accommodation an outdoor areas.
 
 
 
 
 
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VallioleVALLIOLE:  Overlooking some Chianti vineyards this fantastic villa offers accommodation for up to 8 people.  The property comprises of the main villa and a seperate annexe for 2.
 
 
 
 
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L'AgrifoglioL'AGRIFOGLIO:  Within easy reach of Gaiole in Chainti, the villa is located within a tiny Italian hamlet and offers accommodation for up to 6 people.
 
 
 
 
 
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We hope that you find the information in this months newsletter useful.

Please let us know of any content that you would like to see included in our newsletters and we wish you a fantastic summer wherever you are spending it! Click here for contact details

Tanti Saluti
 
Dympna Docherty
To-Tuscany
dympna@to-tuscany.com

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