We’ve been traveling to Italy for 25 years, and just a few years ago, decided to put down roots in a Tuscan village we love. I wrote about the journey in my latest manuscript (more on that when we have some updates), but I’ve also learned a few things along the way.

Here are some fun tips for first-time travelers to Italy.

I love to read about a place I am visiting, or even watch a movie to get me in the mood. Here are some of our favorite books and movies about Italy.

Montecavallo is a stately villa in Montepulciano that was originally owned by the Contucci wine family. We are currently in process with renovation of this grand old lady so it can hosts families and groups in the future. Watch the progress here.