Europe continuously lures me back, year after year. I share most of these adventures on my blog, For Food For Love From Mary. Here are some great websites, blog spots and people connections you might enjoy.
Maybe not really hidden but not frequently visited by the typical tourist.
La Mimosa, Lucca, Italy. Nestled in the hills of Lucca, this peaceful retreat is the perfect spot to relax and explore Tuscany. Angela and Davino are kind and hospitable hosts.
I love Lucca! A charming walled city oozing with ancient history, art, food and warm, friendly Luccese people.
When in Lucca, be sure to attend a concert by the Lucca Opera Festival. My dear friends, Mattia and Michelle, rising opera stars, run the productions and they are not to be missed. Check out their website of events.
This small village feels like another world with its pointed hat stone houses.
Some of the best examples of baroque architecture in the world. Artist colony.
Les Baux, Provence, France
A must see quarry of art projected onto the walls accompanied by music.
Cassis, Provence, France
A true seaside resort, not easily accessible but worth the drive. Beautiful artisan food shops and delectable gelato.
Cahors, southwestern France
A small, historical town on the river Lot
Andrea Valenti, expert guide in Rome. A native of Rome, Andrea’s knowledge of history and culture is unparalleled. My visit to Rome would not have been the same without him. Andrea offers tours of the Forum, Coliseum, Vatican and more. His email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rome: Eating Italy. I absolutely loved this four hour tour, tasting foods in 10 different food establishments.