TUSCANY

TUSCANY, Italy’s foremost center for the ARTs, THEATER, MUSIC, and SITES is inviting this Spring-Summer-Fall. With more World Heritage Sites,7( UNESCO ),and with 13 Medici Villas and Gardens,
the region is a repository of discovery like no other.

If you’re driving west after visiting the MILAN 2015 EXPO which starts April 30-through Oct.2015, take A1/ Autostrada southeast to Bologna, then due south to Florence, the region’s capital
city, a brisk three-hour ride.Not to be undone you’ll be able to visit the historic sites of the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa (UNESCO, 1987 ), the historic center of San Gimignano ( UNESCO, 1990 ), Siena ( UNESCO, 1995 ), the historic center of Pienza (UNESCO, 1996 ), and Val d’Orca ( UNESCO, 2004 ). The region includes 13 Medici Villas and Gardens. These sites include
Villa di Cafaggiolo in Barberino di Mugello,a suburb of Florence, Castello del Trebbio in San Piero a Sieve, Villa di Careggi in Florence, Giardino di Boboli in Florence,
Villa La Petraia,in Florence, Villa di Poggio Imperiale,in Florence, Villa Castello, in Florence, Villa di Fiesole, in Fiesole, Giardino di Pratolino, in Vaglia, Villa di Artimino, in Carmignano,Villa di Poggio a Caiano, in Poggio a Caiano, Villa di Cerreto Guidi in Cerreto Guidi, Villa di Seravezza, in Seravezza, and Villa La Magia, in Quarrata. These are all located in the region and are open to the public. A suggested map of the region may be had from TUSCANY’s tourist bureau titled Via Francigena Toscana. You’ll find it at: www.turismo.intoscana.it. And starting June 1, Emirates Airlines
introduces its new wide-body 380, daily non-stop to Milan from NYC’s JFK Airport/www.emirates.com. Wow!

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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