Portraitist of Dreams, Gryte Pintukaite

She came to live in the green countryside outside Cortona five years ago, where she met her Italian husband Amerigo through a mutual friend. She believes she was destined to come to the valley and says the area gives her a deep sense of peace and wellbeing. Today Gryte enjoys a richly creative life together with her family and will continue her artistic journey to discover the inner world of the outer world we see. Today, many works of Gryte Pintukaite are in the collections of museums in China, Latvia, Lithuania, as well as in private collections in Florida, England, Italy, Germany, China, Finland, France, Iceland, Latvia, Russia and Lithuania.

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DelBrenna: The Mini Filary Collection, a Breath of Summer

The wonderful DelBrenna shop in Cortona’s historic main piazza and the show room in the nearby Renaissance period Venuti Palace warmly welcome residents and visitors to Italy alike, but their jewelry is also available for those abroad who just want to dream of an Italian holiday or experience a “Sophia Loren moment”, as Sebastian’s wife Megan might say. Mini Filary jewels evoke dreamy images of strolls through the flowering Italian countryside, with wide sun hats or rides in open cars over the rolling Tuscan hills, roads lined with cypress or umbrella pines…or perhaps just a lazy afternoon enjoying the sunshine with friends and watching the clouds roll by.

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Le Torri di Porsenna – A New Country House in an Ancient Abbey

Bruno and Marisella Batinti, after several productive years of hospitality experience with their business “Le Torri di Porsenna” (named for Chiusi’s ancient and powerful Etruscan king) found a new and inspiring site for their country house in Petrignano del Lago, in the Comune of Castiglione del Lago.  Overlooking the rolling hills and vineyards near to Lake Trasimeno, the new location for their country house and working vineyard is well named, as it is certainly fit for a king.

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