The Perfect Italian Afternoon in San Francisco’s North Beach

Acquolina - North Beach

We’ve been to North beach in San Francisco a number of times, but I always complain about how it’s only restaurants and coffee shops – no other real parts of Italian culture seem to be represented.

Well, that’s changed, and for the better. If you’re an Italianofile like Mark and I, there’s now an Italian bookstore in the heart of North beach, chock-full of Italian language books.

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Casa Carpe Diem a Villa Barca – Casanova Lerrone, Liguria, Italy

Casa Carpe Diem a Villa Barca Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Villa Barca, a quintessential Italian countryside manor house built in the early 1800s, sits high above the romantic Lerrone Valley, nestled between the coastline of the Italian Riviera and the peaks of the mighty Ligurian Alps. At Casa Carpe Diem, the luxurious boutique B&B within Villa Barca, founded by the creators of the award-winning Carpe Diem Guesthouse in Provincetown, Massachusetts, every friend of the Italian way of life finds what he needs. Just 20 minutes by car are the sandy beaches of Alassio, one of Italy’s most mundane seaside resorts. The neighboring Lerrone Valley on the other hand offers all kinds of outdoor activities, from hiking treks over mountain biking to laid-back picknick hours at its various swimming holes. Even the more adventurous kind of tourist finds his kick nearby: Only a short drive away, in Finale Ligure, is one of Europe’s most popular free climbing territories and further northwest at the French-Italian border one can explore the areas most interesting mountaineer region.

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Gay Accommodations: Agriturismo Il Segreto di Pietrafitta, San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

Agriturismo Il Segreto di Pietrafitta Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Il Segreto di Pietrafitta is an elegant structure that rises on the gates of San Gimignano, the most famous medieval town in Tuscany. The origins of the structure are quite ancient, and many historical figures have slept within its walls. The Agriturismo is located on a dominant position, facing towards the magnificent town of San Gimignano. From here you’ll be able to easily reach Florence, Siena, and the Chianti region. There are also many wonderful small medieval towns to visit nearby, such as Volterra, Certaldo, Monteriggioni, and many others.
The structure offers 9 very comfortable rooms, meticulously decorated from local craftsmen, including floors covered with Cotto (typical Tuscan clay bricks), and wooden beams on the ceilings. No small details are left unnoticed here at Il Segreto di Pietrafitta!

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