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San Marino is a wealthy little country with a castle, high up on a hill. It has managed to remain a separate republic enclave of Italy. It’s lovely Fortress of Guaita attracts many tourists, keeping the economy robust. I briefly stopped by to check out the noteworthy castle myself.  Dramatic.

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett

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Driving through Tuscany was such a treat. The beautiful old towns captivated me. I especially liked Lucignano, this mid-evil town instantly reminded me of the Medici family and all the intrigue. The streets are tightly wound, inside a oval fort, high on a hill. Oh and the hills they are alive!

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett

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What’s better than Tuscany? A castle in Tuscany with two pools and amazing views of the rolling hills. I am certain Castello di Vicarello is the best thing that ever happened–pure bliss!

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett

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Villa Vignamaggio is in Chianti, Tuscany. Mona Lisa was born in Vignamaggio, near where Leonardo da Vinci grew up. It was so nice to take in all the history and actually see the places that influenced such beauty and inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci. It was a real treat to see the Tuscan light that is evident in Mona Lisa.

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett

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While in Florence I enjoyed the south side of the river, where it is less crowded. Il Santo Bevitore came highly recommended. It was bustling with energy and joy to accompany your meal. I was happy that I caught a moment of silence for this photo.

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5 e Cinque is a vegetarian restaurant featuring unique organic food in the cutest Piazza della Passera of Florence. I loved the old photographs of Florence decorating the walls, this gem is my kind of restaurant.

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While in Venice we dined at Il Ridotto, which is a lovely experience with an extra fun tasting menu, I love trying a little of everything.

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett