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October - December, 2015                                                                                                Edition lll, Volumn l
News from AncoraItalia
“This November Doris and I will be winding up our 12th year of  Touring guests around Tuscany and greater Italy. 2016 looks to be another great year with Tours planned to Sicily, our Watercolor Workshop with Coco Connolly, and Tours of Tuscany, and Rome & the Amalfi Coast. Airline ticket prices are predicted to fall for 2016, so European travel should be on your Holiday wish list. Contact Doris at to plan your next Italian vacation.” 
Buon viaggio, Doris & Doug
    On the balcony of our hotel in Venice with the
              Grand Canal in the background.
The AncoraItalia Newsletter is organized in three sections:
Previous & Upcoming Local Events, AncoraItalia Tours for 2015, and AncoraItalia Vacation Rental Properties of the Month. Please click on the appropriate link below for more information or for any questions/comments.

email:   vacation rentals:
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Annual Local Events.

Lucca's Comics & Games Exhibition is an annual event that happens each year to coincide with Halloween. Because of the growing popularity of the event, each year more exhibitors and guests attend the exhibit making it one of the larger such events in the world. Many of the guests attending the 4-day show dress in the costume of their favorite comic book or video game character which can make for one of the more interesting Halloweens that you could hope to attend.

Click the link below to book your tickets for this one-of-a-kind event:

To book your apartment in Lucca's Historic Center for this event, click on the AncoraItalia Vacation Rentals site at: www.ancoraitalia.cer

2015 AncoraItalia Tours.

Rome, Tuscany & Venice Tour
September 18 - 26

Our 9-day, private Tour of Rome, Tuscany & Venice began in the Eternal City–Rome. Following our Jump-on, Jump-off bus tour of Rome, we had professionally guided tours of the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, and the Vatican which included the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica and an early morning tour of the Sistine Chapel to beat the crowds.

Next we had three days in Tuscany where we day-tripped from our private villa to the Cinque Terre, Florence, and a Vineyard and Cantina Tour in Chianti followed by a multi-course lunch with wine tasting. We ended the tour in a romantic city like no other, Venice. We toured St. Mark's Cathedral, the Doge's Palace, went to Murano for a glass blowing demonstration and ended the tour with a private moon-lit gondola ride for Brooke & Matt.

Click on the YouTube video above to watch the 4:30 video we produced for Brooke & Matt's wedding vow renewal this September near Lucca, Tuscany.
If you are planning your own family or business event for 2016, consider having your event in Lucca with us. We represent area Villas that can accommodate any size group from a small, personal wedding vow renewal ceremony to a wedding for 50 of
your closest family & friends, or a family reunion. 

We can organize day-trips from your Villa, personal chefs and catering, resource a wedding planner, and work with you to create a website that is a useful tool for your guests. See the wedding site we produced for our
Los Angeles friends Diane & Ron who
worked with us to produce their 2014 wedding:


Accommodations for large events such as the property highlighted at the bottom of
this mailer are in big demand, so contact Doris and she will be happy to work with you
to accommodate your groups needs.
Upcoming Tours for 2016.
Watercolor Painting Workshop with Coco Connolly
Spring, 2016
Join us for our 7-day watercolour workshop with Coco. Anybody can take a picture of Michelangelo's David, but not everybody can spend the afternoon in Florence painting the famous sculpture. Coco will work with you to catch the afternoon light as it falls on the brightly painted buildings of the Cinque Terre, the somber earth-tones of Siena's il Campo, and the stark renaissance fortress walls that surround Lucca.

We'll also spend a day in Chianti for a multi-course luncheon / wine tasting and of course enjoy lots of great food and sightseeing all along the way.  
The Watercolor Workshop is limited to 6 participants. If you are interested, 
please contact Doris Fortino for additional information and Tour pricing:
To sign up for any of our AncoraItalia 2015 and 2016 Tours, or to create your own Tour itinerary, please click on the link:
AncoraItalia Vacation Rental Property of the Month.
Villa Erina is actually a series of four homes that share a common wall. Depending on your groups size, you can rent one, two, three, or all four units which sleeps up to 28 guests. Because of it's flexibility in accommodations, it's a great choice for small, medium and large events like weddings, and family or class reunions.

50 minutes from two International Airports and 35 minutes to the beach town of Viareggio, the estate is situated in the foothills above Lucca with panoramic vistas to the valley below.
For more information or to book Villa Erina, please click on the link bellow:
To book your Italian vacation Villa visit our AncoraItalia Vacation Rentals site at:
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