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It started a world-wide pilgrimage ...
"Under the Tuscan Sun" is a New York Times bestseller (by Frances Mayes) that seemed to tap the romantic nerves and wanderlust of several generations. My trip to #Cortona for #TuscanSunWines came about because of this book.
#Cortona sits in the heart of Tuscany and overlooks a broad valley were 2 extinct volcanoes stand watch.
Bramasole ... To Yearn for the Sun
Centerpoint to the book, there is this house called, "Bramasole". In Italian, this means "to yearn for the sun".
The Chatterworks Group
I am co-partner in a Social Media Company called, The Chatterworks Group - along with my 2 powerhouse partners, @kathydecosmo and @thedailybasics.
When Frances Mayes wanted to launch her Tuscan Sun Wines, she asked that we engage to help launch the brand. We drop our wires, plugs, iPads, and passports into bags and headed for #Tuscany.
The First Espresso
We grabbed one in the airport when we landed in Rome. The subsequent cups from Cortona far surpassed the quality of this cup!
We had a spectacular lunch waiting for our plane to Firenze
Even the airport food rocked. It beat anything we can get in Chicago!
AItalia ... not so good!
By the way - we flew Alitalia and they lost our luggage for 4 days! No communication - no sense of urgency. That was a little surprising. We don't recommend them.