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New Year's Getaways-Italy

Off season travel-to the typical summer hot spots-are enjoyable NOW, especially mild winter destinations.

Always popular Italy  is convenient to get to from this side of the Pond-via the country's signature airline, Alitalia. Direct flights from the USA East coast are frequent with this year's addition of flights from  Dulles/DC adding 5 weekly jaunts (to+fro') in May 2019.

Currently attainable seasonal fares for the leisure travel sections and the awesome plush premium business class, are available to Rome or Milan area airports.

BONUS: Getting to the city centers are hassle free too- via user friendly efficient trains connections- in addition to other flights/train connections-to many domestic + exotic intercontinental locales like  the holiday bucket list go to-the Maldives. And -no hassle meaningful stopovers are easy to arrange.


Tuscany-off season doesn't mean off -as the beautiful countryside near Florence-always beckons with scenic byways, incredible food and local wineries year round.

Multi-taskers-can have historic elegant accommodations, an array of active or soothing pastime options for AND (of course) opportunity to drink delicious wines including the area's signature staying at a historic 15th century estate- winery that feeds the mind and tastebuds.

Tempted???? OF COURSE. The stunning Villa Mangiacane's-where the delicious wine collection includes the available Chianti Classico Riserva 2013... a hand picked bend of Sangiovese grapes aged 18 months in French oak barrels.
Already a popular summer wedding haven- Villa Mangiacane's off season splendor  -abounds with luxurious suites and spacious rooms, an indoor SPA with an indoor pool and sculpture garden overlooking Florence (12 kilometers away (Palazzo Machiavelli) -plus  18 additional double rooms/suites-beautifully decorated rooms on the grounds-at the Villa Mazzei -with its own infinity pool and culinary star restaurant are located.


A BIG ANNIVERSARY -Leonardo da Vinci 500th-meaning since his death...the native son left his mark (genius) in a few of the locales he lived in-especially in the major contemporary art hotspot-Milan ( for info). Many major exhibitions, celebrations and unique experiences abound in honor of one of humankind's most prolific scientist, artist, philosopher, scholar...providing yet another excuse to (re)discover Italy's northern capital.