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A travel guide about luxury Italian villa vacations from Homebase Abroad.

An Interview with Homebase Abroad’s Sommelier Emanuele Riva

Italy is the world’s largest wine producer by volume, so it’s no surprise that many consider a trip incomplete without a full wine experience. A trained sommelier, Emanuele Riva specializes in all varietals and aspects of wine service as well as the art of pairing...

The Jovial Table: Celebratory Meals on Your Vacation

Once in a lifetime vacations are the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable celebratory meal. Whether you’re celebrating a marriage, a birthday, a retirement or the simple joy of gathering your loved ones together, an excellent culinary experience is sure to create a...

Pasta is Passé, It’s All about the Sauce

Here at Homebase Abroad its all about the sauce. Not only do we vividly recall the style and flavors of each sauce we've experienced during our Italian villa vacations but its also a practical way to keep your vacation experience alive and fresh. While the idea of...

Welcome to the Crete Senesi

There is a mystical magical landscape between Siena and the famous wine towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano. It lies in quiet repose, waiting for those curious and interested visitors who want to explore yet another beautiful corner of this storied land. Welcome to...

The Ultimate Summer Pool Party

10 Italian Villas to Make Your Summer Pool Party Dreams Come True The key to the ultimate summer pool party is, of course, the pool or as we like to call it: “the liquid dining table” where gatherings are centered during the summer months. A pool is a hub of activity...

Vibrant, Tantalizing, Aromatic: Our Advice for Visiting Rome

Visiting a great city can sometimes feel like it comes with a lot of "shoulds." Not the least is that you "should" actually find it a "great city" when maybe you won’t. When we work with guests on their plans for visiting Rome, we start by throwing away all the...

Ten Villa Vacation Packing Tips

Packing for villa travel?  We recommend you approach it with a view towards really settling in, and enjoying that ‘ahhh’ feeling of being home as soon as possible. Here are our recommendations for getting right into vacation mode -- as soon as you arrive. For...

12 Tips for Travelling with Kids

We started travelling with our twin daughters when they were 6 months old. OK, so our work gave us good reason to take them along, but to this day we maintain those early experiences helped them grow into the interested, engaged, curious young women they are today....

Dress Your Salads ‘Italian Style’

We all have special skills. As my friends and family know, mine is dressing a salad just so, like the Italians. Now, it is easy to get into a disagreement about food in Italy. Even about dressing a salad. I was told, in no uncertain terms some years ago, to apply the...

Pedal the Perimeter of Lucca

Mara Solomon’s Homebase Abroad gives tips on activities to do in Lucca, Italy. Bike, run, walk, there are so many ways to enjoy this walled medieval hilltown.

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