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Tarascon Manor House

Tarascon Manor House awaits you just outside the town of Tarascon on a Provencal countryside estate. Its great location connects it to some of the best destinations in Provence including Gordes, Les Baux de Provence, Saint Remy and the markets of Tarascon. This working farm is rich in history and the main building dates back to the 16th century.

Pissaladiere (French Onion Tart)

This famous onion tart from Nice derives its name from the anchovy paste (pissala) which used to be brushed on it. Now the traditional anchovy garnish is more often absent while the thick onion filling has become even thicker. You may find the larger quantity of onion given in the recipe excessive but that is the way the Nicois prefer it.

8 oz plain flour
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 oz fresh or 1 1/2 tsp dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
3 oz warm water
few drops olive oil

To make the bread dough, sift flour into a bowl and add beaten eggs and salt. Place yeast, sugar and water in small bowl and leave it until it froths. Gradually stir all ingredients together, mixing with your fingers to form a ball of soft dough. Add a little flour if too sticky. Knead well for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Pour a few drops of olive oil on dough and turn in your hands so it becomes lightly oiled. Place back in the bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave it in a warm place for about an hour to double in bulk.

2-4 lbs onions, thinly sliced
3-4 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
2 tsp mixed fresh herbs such as basil, thyme, rosemary, chopped
12 or more anchovy fillets
A few black olives, stoned and halved, for garnish

While dough is rising cook onions in olive oil in covered pan on low flame for 40 minutes or until very soft, stirring occasionally. Add salt, pepper, herbs and continue cooking for a few more minutes. Cut anchovy fillets in half lengthwise and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease pie plate or flan dish with oil. Punch dough down, knead it lightly and press it into the pan with the palms of your hands. Spread the onion mixture evenly over the dough. Make a lattice pattern of anchovy fillets on top. Put half an olive in the middle of each square. Let the dough rise for 15 minutes, then bake for 25-30 minutes until the bread base is cooked. Serve hot. Enough for 6 people.

Dear Travelers,

Cori and I just returned from our trip to Southern France and Tuscany where we saw many new properties. The hospitable owners took excellent care of us and showed us their best! We found the level of service to be exceptional. We talked with many about offering wine tasting, cooking classes, and guided trips around Tuscany and the Riviera. Owners want American tourists to have an authentic experience and these kinds of services add much to accomplish that. We are also proud to be adding some luxury properties to our growing VillaNet collection.

Please don’t hesitate to ask about last minute travel arrangements. We wish you a joyous Bastille Day and Fourth of July as we celebrate the independence we enjoy!

Emmanuel de Ricard, President

All Roads Lead to Rome Part II

Last month we began a travelogue through the city of Rome, going from section to section. Let’s continue...

Northeast Rome:
Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps is Rome’s most famous square. The narrow streets around Via Condotti are lined with the most exclusive shops and coffee houses in Rome. Those who want to see and be seen frequent this area, long being the haunt of movie stars, artists, writers, and composers. In this area you’re going to want to see Trevi Fountain, the largest and most famous fountain in the city. Villa Medici is lovely, and many gorgeous churches including Santa Maria Maggiore and San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane feature architectural feats as well as art. The fresco detail in Palazzo Barberini is outstanding.

The Vatican:
Vatican City is the world capital of Catholicism and also the world’s smallest state. It lies on the northwest of the river, separated and adjoined by Trastevere. Completely encircled with high walls, it’s where St. Peter was martyred and buried. The Pope lives in a papal palace, and visitors are shown his bedroom window where followers watch for his light to go out upon his nightly retiring. St. Peter’s is the most famous church in all the Christian world, and the Piazza San Pietro is the square where the people amass to wait for the Pope’s blessing. The dome can be climbed on ancient narrow stone steps that circle the interior (not recommended for those who are claustrophobic), and when you get to the top you’re rewarded with a breathtaking balcony view of the entire city of Rome. The Sistine Chapel where you’ll see the frescoed ceiling by Michelangelo is used by cardinals when electing a new pope. The vast Vatican Museums are also a must-see.

Trastevere is an old and picturesque quarter where the people consider themselves the only true Romans. The Botanical Gardens are a restful change for the busy tourist. The earliest Roman churches include Santa Maria and Santa Cecilia. Villa Farnesina is a fabulous house built by the famous banker Chigi. He designed it purely for lavish banquets, where artists, poets, cardinals, princes and the pope himself were entertained in magnificent style. You’ll find many trendy restaurants, clubs and shops in this lively and young-at-heart area.

See ya in Rome…!

Kathy Hayes, Editor


The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.

In place of the usual travel tips, I've invited Cori to write to us. She and Emmanuel just returned from an inspection trip, carrying out our intent to personally see all the properties we offer you on our website. They have returned very excited and even more ready to serve you, our valued clients.

"Emmanuel and I are happy to report that our property tour these past 10 days was very productive! In all we visited 40 properties on the French Riviera and in Tuscany. All of our contacts, old and new, were able to show us quality apartments and villas that we will soon be adding to our website. Among the highlights was a beautiful villa in Cap Ferrat on the French Cote d’Azur, classy apartments in the heart of Florence, Villa Brunello in Tuscany (already on our website), a dreamy villa with absolutely magnificent views, and elegant villas in the Lucca area. We also discovered a few gems near the Tuscan Coast which for many is a new area to explore with its beautiful coastline, natural parks, Etruscan ruins, and easy access to the islands of Elba and Giglio. In August we will begin adding these properties to our website. We’re very excited to show you the fruits of our journey!

It was wonderful seeing so many American tourists in these areas enjoying the beauty, history and peace. Emmanuel and I would like to thank all the owners and representatives for their warm hospitality and their generosity of time. I know that Kathy’s trip in September to Rome, the Amalfi Coast, and Umbria will be just as productive."

Cori de Ricard, Marketing Director

Valdarno 1"Super complex in lovely surroundings!"

-H P, Salisbury, United Kingdom

"Everything was perfect. Thanks to VillaNet for their professional work!"

L D R, Toulon, France

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