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When my wife, Jeannie,  and I  first bicycled Tuscany in 1995, we found the combination of the culture, the history, the food & wine, and most importantly the friendliness of the people made us eager to return. So, for our 25th wedding anniversary we made our plans to return to Italy for a month.

As we have cycled through many beautiful, interesting, curious, and friendly places, we have often remarked that someday we would like to visit a place and stay long enough to feel more of a pulse of the life than we might if we were only there for a day or two. This trip to Italy we wanted "to be" in Italy - essere in italia. We wanted to stay in one place for at least two weeks, to learn the bus schedule, to have to remember when the bakery was open, to learn to enjoy the differences in the pace of life and not just pass through as tourists.

A major consideration in our planning was that, as cyclists, we were looking for an area that gave us a wide variety of opportunities for riding about the area. Our research led us again to the Tuscany region, though this time a bit further south than our first trip to the Pisa - Siena - Florence area. We were not to be disappointed.

Using the Internet, we came across Patricia Faralli of Italian View Ltd. who, through her  helpful e-mail correspondence, directed us to the wonderful agriturismo il Borgo near the Tuscan town of Camucia - close to the ancient Etruscan hill town Cortona.

A restored 1800's farmhouse, il Borgo's four apartments are simply and comfortably equipped, yet modern. The friendliness of owner Signore Rodolfo and his family truly add to the comfort, charm and warmth.

 
 
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