The city of Lucca attracts tourists from around the world to its historic sights. Il Palazzo is just 4 kms from Lucca. As you enter this lovely gated estate, you will observe many century-old trees, immense areas of finely manicured lawns, a lake, and a small wooded area of camellia trees. Il Palazzo, a beautiful villa built in the late 1600's, is set on this historic park. Permanent gardeners maintain the park year around. There is also a private chapel on the grounds.
Calzone (Italian Filled Pizza)
Calzone is a type of closed pizza made with bread dough and is a specialty of Naples where they call it cazune. It provides a very filling meal. Like pizza, it varies from one region to another. They use different fillings as well as different shapes and it can be deep-fried or baked.
Sift flour and salt into bowl. Dissolve yeast in part of measured water, together with sugar to activate yeast. When it begins to froth, pour into flour. Add 3 Tbsp oil and just enough water to make a firm dough. Pour in water gradually, mixing first with a wooden spoon, then working with your hands. Knead well for at least 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Pour a drop of oil in the bowl and roll dough in it to prevent dryness. Cover bowl with damp cloth and leave dough to rise in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch it down and knead for a few minutes, then roll in remaining oil and let it rise again for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 475 F. Divide the dough into 6 balls and roll each on a floured surface to a circle of 1/2 inch or less thickness. Place on large flat oiled baking sheets.
the filling on half of each round, leaving a margin of about 1/2
inch around the edge. Moisten this edge with water
and fold the
other half of the dough over the filling, matching the edges.
firmly together, twisting and pinching if you like. Moisten
top of each calzone with a little chopped tomato. Bake in the
of the oven for about 20 minutes until crisp and brown around
Roads Lead to Rome Part
Center of Rome:
The Pantheon is probably the oldest and best preserved building in Rome, dating from the first century. It was built as a temple to all the gods, and now the walls are lined with tombs, the burial place for Italian monarchs. Many ornate and beautiful churches such as Santa Maria sopra Minerva and Sant'Ignazio di Loyola are worth seeing, and a bustling morning market at Campo de Fiori is one of the largest in Rome. (See Part II in our July Newsletter)
Kathy Hayes, Editor
"We had a lovely time, and the Barone Apartment was wonderful. The Comtessa was very gracious. Thank you again for your help with our vacation. My children were absolutely seduced by Venice!"
- E.S., East Aurora, NY
We have a counter in the office devoted to "active" client files, those who are traveling to VillaNet properties this summer and fall. It's a very long stack at the moment, and we know many of you are already starting to pack for your adventures. How exciting! But for those who have waited, there are still some great opportunities, and even some bargains. Take a look at our site www.rentavilla.com or give us a call.
Cori and I are getting very excited about our June trip to France and Italy, where we'll see lots of new properties.
Have a wonderful summer and keep traveling!
Emmanuel de Ricard, President
A Cost Comparison Between Hotel Stays and Villa Rentals
Our marketing director Cori just finished a fascinating research project. The results are so amazing I'd like to share them with you. We've always known that renting a villa or apartment with VillaNet was a cost-effective choice, but this chart shows just how much savings you can expect when you go with us, and yet have a better, richer experience!
Parameters: Cori took the mid-season price per week of some of our nicest properties and compared them with an average of seven 3 & 4 star hotel accommodations in the same area. Then she compared purchasing groceries and wine to prepare an evening meal at that same villa or apartment, with eating out at a nice restaurant. This is a full three course meal, including wine. The costs are based on only the one dinner a day, not including breakfast or lunch.
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