Being Tourists in Our Own Backyard – Fattoria della Aiola

Literally, our own backyard.  We are here because of Fattoria della Aiola.  Our property was the home for the sharecroppers of the Villa and later on as the home for the workers of the winery.  But enough about us. Fattoria della Aiola is a winery that produces Chianti Classico, Super Tuscans, IGT, Extra Virgin […]

Being Tourists in our Own Backyard-Panzano in Chianti

January, February and early March, when all of the holidays finish, is a time for those of us who work in the tourism industry to regroup, catch up with friends, visit our favorite places and basically, enjoy being a tourist. We love our jobs and really enjoy being able to visit the places we recommend. […]


GOAT DIARY February 16, 2020 Finally, after 5 months, Patsy had TWINS! She spent most of the day very agitated.  When women are getting ready to give birth, they do what is called nesting.  Organizing, cleaning, etc.  Well, that was my day yesterday.  I was like a speed demon running around organizing my house.  While […]

What is a Panezio and why is an apartment called that?

You may be wondering about the names of our apartments. Well I am here to explain it all. On August 15, 1997, I had the great honor of being baptized into the Contrada della Selva (read about Contradas on my blog post The Palio of Siena and its Contrade). From that day I, like those […]

The Palio of Siena and its Contrade

My father’s parents are from Asti, which is the home of the original Palio so it irks him immensely that I have made Siena my home. But the Palio here is nothing like the Palio in Asti. It is more. It is every feeling rolled into a huge endorphin explosion in your heart. Most people, […]

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