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Compact Casa Between Volterra and San Gimignano

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Everyone loves the city of towers, San Gimignano. I happen to prefer Volterra, the Etruscan city just down the road. If you squint, you can see the towers of San Gimignano from the outskirts of Volterra. But what if you stayed between the two of them?

You’d have some pretty nice views. Plus you’d have a lot of places to visit when you weren’t lolling in the sunshine in front of your little cottage that sits like a mushroom on a grassy slope.

The place over there on the right is called Marzia. It’s cute as a bug’s ear, isn’t it? And it’s just for two. You don’t have to invite the mother in law to share the expense.You don’t need friends or enemies. It’s all yours.

If you need internet services, there’s my favorite place in Volterra called Wine and Web. yep, a very civilized wine bar with computers.

So how about it?

Legends and Folklore of Fyn, Denmark

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Here are my top recommendations for visiting your Fyn, Denmark vacation holiday home:

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  • Aero Island:  The wonderful island filled with culture and charm reminiscent of a coastal bay town in the States brings the opportunity to stroll along the coastline while staying at your lovely cottage or catch some dinner in the quaint town near your vacation rental in Fyn, Denmark.  Whether playing in the surf around your vacation holiday home in Fyn Denmark or enjoying the sunset over the water, you will fall in love with this little island.
  • Egeskov Castle:  Representing the architecture of periods many years ago, Egesko Castle is still a working castle with staff and family living in residence. As short trip from vacation homes in Fyn Denmark, Egeskov Castle has wonderful examples of furniture, tapestries, and gardens provide an incredible escape.
  • Funen Village (Den Fynske Landsby): The historic town of Funen Village has hardly evolved over the years.  Reflected in the surrounding holiday villas, the tiny town and museum boast of a mixture of old world charm and new world adventure.
  • St. Canute’s Cathedral:  This beautiful cathedral embodies the religious, cultural, and historical crossroads for Fyn.  Close to Fyn vacation holiday homes; whether you want a few minutes of religious worship or the occasion to find serenity in the peaceful religious celebration, St. Canute’s Cathedral is a welcome retreat.
  • H. C. Andersens Hus:  The Hans Christian Andersen house is an important place for literary lovers and children alike.  While at your vacation holiday home Fyn, the Han Christian Andersen house is a great place to see where the legends and fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen were born.

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Don’t let your chance to participate in the culture and atmosphere around your vacation rental home in Fyn get away.  To experience the best of Fyn, Denmark holiday home for your spectacular trip to Denmark, book your vacation rental home in Fyn today with Vacapedia and get ready to be greeted by the beauty of the inspiring atmosphere of Denmark.

Vacationing in Chianti: Panzano and Its Butcher

There is a pilgrimage that lots of people make to Chianti that doesn’t have anything to do with religious spirituality, at least not in its formal sense. People go for the meat. Dario Cecchini provides it. Dario Cecchini is the Dante quoting butcher of Panzano in Tuscany, who has made the entrance of his Antica Macelleria Cecchini into a sort of stage for tourist entertainment.

You can read about him in Bill Buford’s entertaining novel “Heat”. Buford worked with Dario for a while and got to know him and his quirks. There are many quirks. A plethora even.

But really, the problem is that tourists to go the Antica Macelleria Cecchini to be entertained but not necessarily enlightened by the message Dario is always going on about: fresh, local foods prepared with care. After all, what Dario sells is meat, and that’s not so easy to cart home freshly.

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Unless you have planned to vacation in a home in Panzano that is. All the better if the property is a “13th century farmhouse in the gently rolling Chianti hills covered with vineyards, olive groves and woods” like Casenove (pictured).

Now you’re in the thick of things. You can get your meat daily at Dario’s. You can taste the things he sets out for people to taste. You can visit wineries.

Of course if your vacation includes a vacation away from the kitchen, you can always go to Dario’s new restaurant, ristorante Solociccia, which translates to “only meat.” Dario has just started serving his own version of hamburgers and fries, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money to eat well. At the time of writing, the dish is 10 Euro.

Imagine yourself in the heart of Chianti. There are worse places to vacation.

The Bold and The Beautiful Rabac, Croatia

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The old world welcoming charms of Rabac Croatia reach out to you the moment you see your Rabac vacation rental home.  If history and natural beauty are interests, then your visit to your vacation home Rabac Croatia will be the highlight of your travels.  From adventures of exploring fortresses to relaxing picnics next to shimming green pools, vacation holiday homes in Rabac Croatia will be perfect home base for your trip.

Here are my top recommendations for visiting your Rabac, Croatia vacation holiday home:

  • Plitvice Lakes: For a short trip away from Rabac Croatia vacation holiday homes, Plitvice Lakes Park is an amazing attraction.  With Caribbean green lakes, waterfalls, and pools of frolicking fish, Rabac Croatia vacation rental homes give visitors an incredible view of the natural wonders of Croatia.  Be sure to bring your hiking shoes and a camera (and you might want to tuck a sandwich into your backpack!)  This is a wonderful outdoor event for families at vacation rental homes in Rabac to interact in a scenic paradise.
  • Diocletian’s Palace:  Take a deep breath and get ready to step back into the history of Croatia while at vacation homes in Rabac. This ancient palace is still a shining example of architecture that is a must see visit to guests to vacation rental home in Rabac.Croatia, Croatia rental homes, Croatia vacation holiday homes, Croatia vacation homes, Croatia vacation rental homes, Croatia vacation rentals, Rabac, rental homes, travel blogs, vacation blogs, vacation holiday homes, vacation homes, vacation rental homes, vacation rentals
  • Mirogoj Cemetery:  This beautiful old cemetery of ivy covered walls, blooming flowers, and ancient graves makes for a serene stroll through history while at your lovely cottage in Rabac.  Full of long stone walkways, dedicated memorials, and large domes, if cemetery tours are on your historical guidebook of things to do , then the short trip from your vacation holiday home in Rabac, Croatia will give you an excellent afternoon.
  • Salonae:  The ancient ruins of Salonae are a wonderful place for a day trip while staying at your vacation rental in Rabac Croatia.  These ancient Roman and Greek ruins of a small town, temple, and amphitheater add an extra layer of dazzle to the historical aspect with a spectacular backdrop of a scenic mountain view to vacation rentals in Rabac 
  • Ancient City Walls:  The ancient walls of Dubrovnik provide an incredible view of the water against the mountains.  Moreover, the whisper of the history not far from vacation rentals in Rabac Croatia adds the drama of a well preserved fortress against sheer magnitude of the magnificent structure of the city walls.

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To experience the best of Rabac holiday home for your spectacular trip to Croatia, book your vacation home in Rabac, Croatia today with Vacapedia and get ready to be greeted by the beauty of the ancient culture of Croatia.

The Hot and the Cold of Valais, Switzerland

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Here are my top recommendations for visiting your Valais, Switzerland vacation holiday home:

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  • Gornergrat Bahn: If taking the train from your vacation rental home in Valais, Switzerland, get ready to experience the most breath-taking panoramic views at every turn.  Once at the top, be careful of that first step into the thin air…it is much different than cold crisp air around the vacation rentals homes in Valais, Switzerland. With a magnificent view of the world famous Matterhorn, this is the perfect day trip from your cottage to have some lunch while you watch the wildlife wander through an unbelievable landscape painted by Mother Nature.
  • The Matterhorn: Known world over for the peak that rises over 1400 feet into the air, the Matterhorn brings tons of visitors every year to see the pristine untouched splendor of prestige visible from every point around your vacation holiday home in Valais, Switzerland
  • Lac et Barrage d’Emosson: The dam collecting the water from Mount Blanc makes the most picturesque lake within a short trip from Valais, Switzerland vacation holiday homes. Although there is tons of snow around your holiday villas, the crystal blue skies again the reflection of Mount Blanc shining in the water makes it the perfect place to relax with a picnic basket.
  • Brigerbad Thermal Pools:  The warmth of the Brigerbad thermal pools are only matched by the natural view of the warm springs caressing the rocks of the waterfall to cascade into the pools of water below.  It is just the right amount of warmth to turn a winter wonderland into a toasty cozy retreat while at your vacation holiday home Valais, Switzerland.

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On and Off the Slopes of Tyrol, Austria

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Here are my top recommendations for visiting your Tyrol, Austria vacation holiday home:
  • Swarovski Crystal:  If there is one thing that Austria is famous for…it has to be crystal.  The highly prized Swarovski Crystal is the perfect place to pick up a special wedding or anniversary gift for yourself or someone else.  At the very heart of Tyrol Austria in the marketplace, the Swarovski Crystal factory near your vacation home in Tyrol Austria has been the benchmark for excellence in crystal for over 100 years.Tryol, Austria Vacation Rentals, austria vacation rental homes, austria rental homes
  • The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl): Although this is one of the most interesting places to visit in Tyrol, it is only really a small balcony in Innsbrucks marketplace in the historic district.  This is the balcony especially decorated with gold plated copper to honor the marriage of Maximilian I and his wife. Worth seeing on your way by, but the adventures of the marketplace are much more exciting and give you the perfect opportunity from some souvenir shopping while at  your vacation holiday home in Tyrol Austria.
  • Triumphal Arch (Triumphpforte):  Visible from almost every point around your vacation rental home in Tyrol Austria, this incredible Triumphal Arch is a celebration of life and death!  Built to commemorate the marriage of Leopold to Maria Ludovica, the scrollwork on one side is in beautiful stone work with happy images.  However, on the other side, the images are of sadness due to the death of Francis I in Austria.
  • Bruck Castle (Schloss Bruck) and Museum of East Tyrol (Osttiroler Heimatmuseum):  This beautiful castle stands close to vacation rental homes in Tyrol Austria as a testament of the lovely Austrian architecture set in the countryside.  Looking over the sprawling quaint town of Tyrol, Bruck Castle and Museum marks the history and evolution of Tyrol through times of peace and war.
  • St. Andra (Church of St. Andrew): Only a short trip from vacations rental in Tyrol, the peaceful serenity of Tyrol Austria is reflected in St. Andra.  A stroll through the old cemetery gives a historical perspective and timeline of existence visible in the old graveyard and stone church.

Tryol, Austria Vacation Rentals, austria vacation rental homes, austria rental homesWhether you want to take in the sights around you Tyrol vacation rental or do some shopping in the marketplace for some of the finest crystal across the continent, the vacation homes Tyrol provide the ideal location all throughout the city.  Your vacation home Tyrol Austria is waiting for you to pick your activities and plan your vacation.

 

To experience the best of Tyrol holiday home for your spectacular trip to Austria, book your vacation home in Tyrol, Austria today with Vacapedia and get ready to be greeted by the beauty of the thriving culture of Austria.

Austria – Vacation in Rust

Perhaps you do not know Rust. Rust is not always something that gathers on a piece of metal when it gets wet, or a politician when he gets unused to real work. Rust is a seaside village in Austria.

Yes, the village of Rust sits on the western edge of Neusiedler lake (Neusiedlersee) in the Burgenland Wine Region. The “cultural landscape” around the lake is a UNESCO world heritage site, and there are many species of birds who inhabit the area. It’s a favorite spot with the Viennese for vacations. You go to Rust to get the rust out.

South of Rust is Mörbisch, which is just north of the Hungarian border. Mörbisch is known for its summer operetta festival on a floating stage near the shore of the lake. You can walk to Hungary.

There’s a lot to do in the area. What ever you do, try the wines. Austrian wines are some of the finest wines you’ve never heard of. Wine taverns abound in the area, which is only a short way from Vienna, if you need a city day trip.

A week in an apartment might be nice. Try Winzerhaus Rosenhof. Maybe you’ll need two.

You’ll at least have to try the wine soup: “Rieslingsuppe”. Restaurants abound in Rust, and the standards are high.

Now I’m hungry.


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