About Us

(Our wedding at Castello di Montegualandro)
We are currently living and raising our two sons in New York City and over the past 40+ years have had the privilege of traveling around the world. We strongly believe that our travel experiences have allowed us to gain a better perspective and deeper appreciation of the world we live in.

In addition to having spent time studying/living in Italy, we have spent  25+ years visiting Italy as tourists and, more recently, as property owners. We believe that all of our experiences in Italy make us sufficiently qualified to provide a unique, rich and informed perspective on Italy.

Italy is a place that our family (and extended family) holds dear as it has been a place of study, weddings, trips with dear friends and family gatherings.  While we have had the privilege of traveling throughout Italy the area of Tuscumbria is most familiar to us and for the past decade have made this area of Italy a perennial destination. With each visit (sometimes we visit more then once a year) we see new sites, discover new restaurants and immerse ourselves in Italy's rich cultural and artistic history. We hope to continue to share our many traveling experiences with you for years to come.

Thank you for reading our blog and we hope that you enjoyed your visit and that you will pass this site onto your friends and family who might be interested in visiting Italy! 


For both the casual and experienced traveler, Italy is a wonderful place to visit. From its exquisite dishes, savory wines and sweeping landscapes to its architectural marvels and artistic masterpieces Italy offers something for everyone. 

While our family has traveled throughout Italy over the years, there is one particular area that is nestled in between a narrow stretch of land bordering both Tuscany and Umbria that holds special significance for our family as it has become both a place of family gathering and a favorite holiday destination. 

We call this area "Tuscumbria" as it is neither fully Tuscan nor fully Umbrian as a result of the constant border changes over the past centuries. While the area of Tuscumbria is not officially recognized by the Italian government and the boundaries have not been legally demarcated, we recognize this area as belonging to both Tuscany and Umbria because of the cultural similarities found in many of its small towns. As of today, this area loosely stretches from the environs of Cortona through the small towns in the Niccone Valley (up to Umbertide) to the small lake towns dotting the northern shores of Lago Sul Trasimeno. Indeed, there are some who believe that Tuscumbria should encompass a far bigger geographic area (to include Assisi, Cortona, Perugia, Gubbio, Todi, Orvieto) but we will leave that up to the experts to define. 

                  Map showing the proposed new area of Tuscumbria from turismo.intoscana.it 

Tuscumbria offers something for everyone and is an excellent place for families with children or for those who want to escape the heavily touristed areas and is truly a hidden gem of Italy. We love Tuscumbria because it offers the best of both Tuscany and Umbria along with a wide variety of activities for families and adventurers alike. With beaches (Lago Sul Trasimeno), golf courses, horse back riding, bicycling, truffle hunting, wine & olive oil tasting, vinyard tours, concerts, water parks, agriturismi, villa rentals and five star restaurants at three star prices Tuscumbria is an ideal travel destination for anyone. 

This travel blog will outline some of the most basic and, in our opinion, most important information that you will need to plan your visit to Italy with a strong focus on the Tuscumbrian area of Italy. Because this area is both a part of Umbria and Tuscany regions, many towns and cities belonging to these two magnificent regions along with some of their restaurants, places of interest and accommodations will also be touched upon and talked about. 

We are also big technology fans and will be providing our readers with information on tech gadgets that we believe will enhance (not detract from) one's travel experiences. 

It is our hope that this travel blog will serve as resource for people who plan on taking their next trip to this wonderful part of Italy. If you have any reviews or comments you would like to submit please contact us and we'll be happy to consider adding them to this travel blog. Reviews of restaurants, places and accommodations will be periodically added to and/or updated. 

Please always keep in mind that change happens constantly so please make sure to use this travel blog only as a supplement to the travel research you are conducting as doing so will further ensure that your travel information is both current and reliable. 

Thank you for taking time to stop by our travel blog and we hope you check back periodically for upates, news and views on everything Tuscumbria!
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