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Memories SlowTrav Contest 2006

Memories – of the SlowTrav Contest 2006
Note: This is a memory of our second SlowTrav contest in 2006.

The Contest Drawing

Our friend Connie helped us with the drawing. Last time Valerie was our helper and she was going to be again this time, but she had to cancel at the last minute, so Connie came to our rescue!

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Steve and Connie drawing the contest winners

It took us nearly 2 hours to draw the 100 winners. Steve drew the name (which was on a folded paper and taped closed), Connie opened the paper and read the name. I typed it into the message board thread. Chris and Amy were on the speakerphone and one of them typed it into the chat room.

Our Grand Prizes - Vacation Rentals (one week stay)

Summer In Italy - Campania, Italy
SlowTrav Favorite with rentals in the Amalfi and Sorrento area
Prize: One week in Villa Trotta south of the Amalfi coast, Campania (4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 10). A SlowTrav favorite!
Restrictions: Must be used by the end of 2009.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Roz
Trip Report, City, Country, Suburbia: Northern Italy from Three Viewpoint

Brigolante Guest Apartments - Umbria, Italy
Farm Holiday: Beautiful guest apartments on farm near Assisi
Prize: One week in one of the Brigolante Guest Apartments on our farm near Assisi, Umbria (sleeps 2). A SlowTrav favorite!
Restrictions: None.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Rar
Travel Note, Machu Picchu

Villa Rosa - Umbria, Italy
Villa Rosa: country accommodation in Umbria
Prize: One week in Le Rose apartment at Villa Rosa, in Umbria near Perugia (1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 3).
Restrictions: None.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Gloria - Casina di Rosa
Trip Report, A Day on Mount Amiata

Verdetecnica - Sicily, Italy
Apartments in old Sicilian farmhouse overlooking Sciacca
Prize: One week in one of our apartments in Sicily, on the south/west coast (sleeps 3).
Restrictions: None.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by tuscanartist (Angie)
Travel Note, Coastal Towns of the Val di Cornia

San Potente Agriturismo - Umbria, Italy
VILLA ROSY: Charming Farmhouse near Assisi
Prize: One week stay in Villa Rosy, near Assisi, Umbria (5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sleeps 10).
Restrictions: Must be used by the end of 2008.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Janet
Photo Essay, A Spring Week in Rome, April 2005

San Potente Agriturismo - Umbria, Italy
RESIDENCE VALLEMELA: a charming mountain retreat4
Prize: One week stay in any of the three apartments at Residence Vallemela, in eastern Umbria, near Sellano (studio/1 bedroom, 1 bathroom/2 bedroom, 1 bathroom - sleeps 2 - 4).
Restrictions: Must be used by the end of 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by JackBonham
Travel Note, Slow Travel in Africa

Knowital - Tuscany, Italy
Vacation rentals in Tuscany and the rest of Italy
Prize: One week in Ansugo di Sopra, a cottage on 3 acres in the hills above Lucca, Tuscany (3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6).
Resrictions: Available after Easter 2006. Must be used by the end of 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by French Toast (Riana)
Travel Note, Where To Pick a Flower in Paris: Public Restrooms

Romepower.Com - Rome, Italy
Apartment Rentals in Rome and Florence
Prize: One week in one of our best apartments, R/201 Centurion, a large apartment in Trastevere, Rome (60 square meters, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4).
Restrictions: Must be used by the end of 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by castor3 (Doug)
Trip Report, Tuscan Rambles

Summer's Leases - Tuscany, Italy
Large, characterful farmhouse
Prize: One week in Podere La Rota a cottage on our Tuscan olive oil farm in Chianti, between Florence, Siena and Arezzo (1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2).
Restrictions: Available from Easter to mid-December. Rental from Saturday to Saturday. Must be used in 2006.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by azwaniecki
Travel Note, Feasting on the Layer Cake of Krakow, Poland

Your Tuscany - Tuscany, Italy
Your perfect Accommodation in Tuscany
Prize: One week in the farmhouse Le Macchie located in the heart of Val dOrcia, Tuscany, near Pienza and Montepulciano, with a swimming pool with a spectacular view (3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 6).
Restrictions: Rental is from Saturday to Saturday only.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Steve and Linda Jones
Photo Essay, Ireland's County Kerry

Le Manzinaie - Tuscany, Italy
Charming Accommodation in the heart of Tuscany in Montepulciano
Prize: One week in one of our apartments on an estate near Montepulciano in Tuscany, with a large swimming pool set amidst tranquil and elegant grounds (1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2). During your stay at Le Manzinaie, you will be invited to a family dinner. (A SlowTrav favorite!)
Restrictions: Heating extra if used. Must be used by the end of 2007. Saturday to Saturday booking only, subject to availability.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by ellens
Travel Note, Slow & Solo: The (almost) Guilt Free Travel Alternative

Cuendet - Tuscany, Italy
The specialist of villa rentals in Tuscany, Amalfi coast and all the best Italian destinations
Prize: One week in Villa Orizzonte, a very charming farmhouse in the enchanting setting of the Chianti Hills near Monteriggioni (3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 6/8).
Restrictions: Booking from Saturday to Saturday only. Subject to availability. Security deposit is required. All utilities included. Must be used by end of 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by andykun
Photo Essay, Summer 2004 Australia

Le Case Gialle - Umbria, Italy
Apartments on an organic farm near Bevagna in central Umbria - SlowTrav Favorite!
Prize: One week at Le Case Gialle, apartments on an organic farm in Umbria, near Bevagna. (A SlowTrav favorite!).
Restrictions: For 2 people.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by stella
Trip Report, A Slow Trip to Italy for a Mother and Daughter

Sant'Antonio Country Resort - Tuscany, Italy
Apartments and villas with pool on estate near Montepulciano
Prize: One week stay in one of our one bedroom cottages/apartments near Montepulciano, Tuscany (sleeps 2), a winery tour and a lunch. (A SlowTrav favorite!).
- Winery Tour: A full private tour for two people at the famous Avignonesi Vineyards, discussing the growth, harvesting, quality in wine and wine tasting. Tour is given by one of your hosts (Nico, or the daughter of the owner of the Vineyards, Elena, Nico's wife). Please Note: Avignonesi Vineyards is closed every week end, for the month of August and over the Christmas and Easter holidays.
- Lunch: During your stay at Sant' Antonio you are also offered a Lunch at Osteria del Leone Restaurant situated in the Thermal Medieval Spa Town of Bagno Vignoni (during the week from Tuesday to Friday with a maximum cost of 90). Please note: Osteria del Leone Restaurant is closed from 10th January - 15th February and from 15th November - 1st December.
Restrictions: Rental is from Saturday to Saturday only. Restaurant lunch maximum cost of 90. Must be used by the end of 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by colleenk
Travel Note, Postcard - Ultimate Umbrian Experiences, Wine and Food

Ville in Italia S.r.l. - Tuscany, Italy
A wide selection of villa rentals available in Chianti Florence Siena Lucca Tuscany Coast
Prize: One week in La Piazzetta, a house near Florence, Tuscany (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6) with a swimming pool and in a panoramic position. (A SlowTrav favorite!).
Restrictions: Rental is from Saturday to Saturday only.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Max Barrett
Photo Essay, Roma Ottobre 2005

Sea and Country Villas - Liguria, Italy
Villa vacation rentals, apartments, farmhouses in Liguria and Tuscany
Prize: One week in Villa Ortensia, a house on the Ligurian coast near the Tuscany border (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4).
Restrictions: Must be used by the end of May 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Brigolante (Rebecca)
Travel Note, Postcard - Harried Here

Rental In Rome - Rome, Italy
Apartments and villas rentals in Rome, Italy
Prize: One week in our beautiful Apartment Impero in the center of Rome, a few minutes from Piazza di Spagna and the Colosseum (1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4).
Restrictions: None.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Gavin Crawford
Photo Essay, Cote D'Or and points north west.

Natural Images - Andalusia, Spain
Fully catered and guided natural history holidays in the Sierra de Grazalema
Prize: One week walking holiday for 2 people. Live with us in our home, treat it as yours, and enjoy the beautiful Sierra de Grazalema. Includes: airport pickup and drop off, meals - including packed lunches, 3 excursions - hikes, walks, drives, car and driver for local touring. Our home will be booked exclusively for you (no other guests). At the end of your week, we will provide transportation to Seville, Malaga, Cadiz, or other locations, so you can continue your vacation.
Restrictions: For 2 people. Must be used by end of 2006.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Shannon
Trip Report, The Virgin Voyage

Italy Weekly Rentals - Lazio, Italy
Italy Weekly Rentals - Vacation villas, apartments and farmhouses
Prize: One week in Chicca's House, an apartment in Gaeta, on the coast in southern Lazio (3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 5).
Restrictions: Not available in April or high season (June 1st to August 31st, December 20 to January 7). The best period in this apartment is Spring, Autumn and Winter (less crowds, less traffic). Heating extra if used. Must use by February 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by decobabe
Photo Essay, Decobabe loves Italy

Slow Travel
Travel information, vacation rental, hotel and restaurant reviews, message board.
Prize: $60 gift certificate for Tilley Endurables so you can purchase a Tilley Hat - "the finest hat in the world"!! And yes this is a grand prize, because it is a grand hat offered by a lover of the hat (Pauline).
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by kaydee
Photo Essay, Best of Provence: Hiking in the Luberon (Gorges de Rgalon)


Car Rental

AutoEurope
Worldwide car, air and hotel services - slowtrav affiliate
Prize: 7 day car rental in Europe. Mid-size, manual vehicle.
Restrictions: Valid until December 31, 2006. Must be booked 15 days before departure. Prize letter will be sent to you and must be presented when booking. Excluding tax, CDW and theft insurance, optional items, gas and airport surcharge if applicable. Note: AutoEurope says that for Italy, half the cost of the rental is taxes.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by stella
Travel Note, Some Tips for Travel With a Senior


Vacation Rentals (one week stay, not in high season)

La Bella Toscana - Tuscany, Italy
Vacation Rentals in the centre of Tuscany
Prize: One week rental in either March or October 2006 for 2 persons in an apartment in the Tuscan countryside close to San Gimignano and Siena.
Restrictions: For 2 people. The winner can contact us once they have a date and they can choose from the apartments available. Must be used in March or October 2006 or 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by BGE (Brenda)
Trip Report, My Dream Trip To Italy and France

Umbria Holidays - Umbria, Italy
Poggio alla Luna is a 17th century spacious farm house recently restored
Prize: One week for two people at Poggio alla Luna, apartment Madre Terra, in Bevagna, Umbria (1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2). (A SlowTrav favorite!).
Restrictions: For 2 people. Saturday to Saturday booking. The only charge will be 70.00 for final cleaning. Must be used in April, May or September 2006 or 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Stephen P.
Trip Report, Spain, 2005

Vesta Italian Villas - Tuscany, Italy
Your piece of Italy!
Prize: One week in Il Patio, the perfect romantic getaway, south of Siena, Tuscany, in an olive grove setting, enjoying a beautiful view (1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 3). May and September are the best months to be at this property.
Restrictions: Not available in high season (June, July, August; Christmas, New Year and Easter weeks). Rentals are from Saturday to Saturday. Security deposit is required. Must be used in 2006.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by messine
Photo Essay, Sensory France

CassiaHouse - Rome, Italy
QUIET, elegant & cosy with countryside view, well connected by train to citycenter
Prize: One week stay in my CassiaHouse apartment on the Via Cassia, in a residential area of Rome (2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4).
Restrictions: Sheets and towels and final cleaning are not included. Not available Easter, Christmas and New Years Eve. Must be used in 2006.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Suncoast
Trip Report, Adventures in Incomparable Tuscany, August 2004

Dave and Aralynn - Normandy, France
The Paris Garret Low-Cost Lodging for Two
A Normandy artist's cottage in Honfleur
Prize: One week in our cottage in Honfleur, Normandy, France (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4).
Restrictions: Rental is Saturday to Saturday. Not available in high season (June, July, August).
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Sharonov
Photo Essay, A Month in India

Villaggio Turistico La Francesca - Liguria, Italy
A green oasis on the sea of the Cinque Terre, Bonassola
Prize: One week stay in a type C house in our holiday village in Liguria (2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6, living-room with two chair-beds, kitchenette, large terrace overlooking the sea).
Restrictions: Not available in high season (2nd week of May to mid-September; Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter weeks).
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Betsy B.
Trip Report, Enchanted Caravan Travel in Ireland

Experience Paris - Paris, France
Paris apartment, quartier Montorgueil
Prize: One week stay in my apartment in Paris, France (1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4).
Restrictions: Available November through April.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Valda and Saint_Bambi
Travel Note, Perusing Perugia


Vacation Rentals (discounts)

InTuscany
In Tuscany villas, apartments and hotels
Prize: 50% discount on one week in Villa Ortensia, a house on the Ligurian coast near the Tuscany border (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4).
Restrictions: Must be used by the end of 2006.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Roz
Trip Report, Lazio/Umbria, Sorrento, and Rome: Our 5th trip to Italy

Italy Weekly Rentals - Rome, Italy
Italy Weekly Rentals - Vacation villas, apartments and farmhouses
Prize: 50% discount for a week in the Guesthouse at L'Infiorata on the outskirts of Rome (1 bedroom/1 bathroom, sleeps four, guesthouse attached to a larger villa, but private).
Restrictions: Heating extra if used. Must be used in 2006.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Jim Zurer
Other, Quiz #3 - Italy Travel Questions

Casa Rosa - Umbria, Italy
Self catering apartments very near Assisi, swimming pool
Prize: 50% discount on a weeks accommodation in one of our apartments on a farm near Assisi (sleeps 2 to 5).
Restrictions: Not available in high season (July, August). Must be used by end of March 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Janie&Geoff
Travel Note, Cistercian Abbeys: The Three Sisters of Provence


Vacation Rentals and more (shorter stays)

Chianti Cashmere Company - Tuscany, Italy
Comfy restored farmhouse with unsurpassed views, utter silence and total comfort
Prize: Your choice of: A weekend (3 nights) in our vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2) or a hand-woven 100% Cashmere scarf (value 150, will be shipped to you).
Restrictions: None.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by ciaofornow
Travel Note, A Book Tour of Paris for Teens

Behind the Tower - Pisa, Italy
Behind the Tower - a slow way to enjoy Pisa
Prize: A week-end (3 nights) stay at Behind the Tower, an apartment in Pisa, Tuscany.
Restrictions: Check-in any day except Saturday (Saturday check-in or check-out is not possible). Can be used for weekdays or weekend. Must be used before August 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by WV Cyndy
Travel Note, Things to do in the Northern Veneto

Rome is Home - Rome, Italy
Fantastic one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Rome
Prize: Be Our Guest For a Day - one night in our flat in Rome (1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2), a day out of Rome with the "de Majo family" (driving to Sutri, Via Cassia, have a nice lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy the Etruscan sites, the Lago di Vico area and its forest, just relax in a different, Roman way!).
Restrictions: For 2 people.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Dorothyk
Photo Essay, Cumae, Haunt of the Sibyl

perlaToscana - Tuscany, Italy
Farmhouses, apartments and cottages on the owners' estates in Tuscany
Prize: Weekend (2 nights) for 2 guests at our country house near the all-year round warm thermal springs of Saturnia in Tuscany at Agriturismo San Leonardo (veranda, 1 double bedroom, entrance w/ small kitchen, 1 bath w/ shower, sleeps 2). Tickets to the spa pools are provided with our offer.
Restrictions: For 2 people. Must be used in low season by the end of 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Rome Addict
Travel Note, Disabled Access in Rome


Hotels - B&Bs

La Torretta - Lazio, Italy
Luxury B&B in Historical Home in Casperia, Lazio
Prize: Two nights accommodation in double room with view including breakfast at La Torretta B&B, Casperia, Lazio (north of Rome).
Restrictions: For 2 people.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Madonna del Piatto
Travel Note, Puglia and Matera in 10 days

Alla Madonna del Piatto - Umbria, Italy
Farmhouse Inn - agriturismo - near Assisi
Prize: Two nights at our B&B for two people (room with a view) including a delicious breakfast with homemade bread and jams.
Restrictions: Not available during local bank holidays (e.g. Easter, New Year, 15 August, etc.). Must be used by end of 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by egret
Travel Note, Canoeing in England

Fontana del Papa - Lazio, Italy
Italian FAMILY hospitality HOME food COOKING holidays SLOW living - ROME
Prize: Two nights accommodation in Fontana del Papa Junior suite (sleeps 2) including breakfast at Fontana del Papa, Monti della Tolfa (northern Lazio, Italy).
Restrictions: For 2 people.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Wendy & Rob
Photo Essay, Rome 2005-Through Rob's Eyes

Le Mas Perreal - Provence, France
A Charming B&B in the Luberon, the heart of Provence
Prize: Three night stay for two people (gourmet breakfast included) at Le Mas Perreal, a B&B in the Luberon near Apt, Provence.
Restrictions: For 2 people.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Germaine
Photo Essay, One Glorious Week in Provence

Baur B&B - Piedmont, Italy
Beautiful Rooms & Breakfast ... Art & Ceramics.... Food & Wine
Prize: Two night stay for two people at Baur B&B, located in the beautiful wine hills of Southern Piedmont, near Acqui Terme. Breakfast is included.
Restrictions: For 2 people. Must be used by the end of 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by colleenk
Other, Most Restaurant Reviews

Deborah Horn - St. Louis, MO, US
Petsburg, a community for pet owners. Deborah is a regular contributor to the Slow Travel message board.
Prize: For our non-North American friends in the Slow Travel family ... We'd love to prove to you that there is more to the United States than New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco! We're offering a slice of Americana in the heart of the USA. Come to St. Louis, Missouri -- to the banks of the mighty Mississippi, and be an honored guest in our home. We will be happy to accommodate from one to four guests. (We have two double-bedded guest rooms with a shared bath.) All meals at home included. Swimming pools, tennis court, and fitness room are available at our neighborhood clubhouse.
Restrictions: Mutually agreed upon dates before the end of 2006. Including special holidays and festivals. Your choice of from three to seven nights. Arrival and departure days of your choice.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by AnG
Trip Report, Baise River Cruise


Cooking Classes / Workshops

Divina Cucina - Florence, Italy
Daily hands-on classes in Florence with market tour
Prize: One day cooking class for 2 in Florence, Italy. Includes walking tour of Central Market, tastings, cooking class with meal and fabulous wines, copy of my cookbook and Divina Cucina apron.
Restrictions: For 2 people.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by t-mac
Trip Report, Eastern Europe and meeting family

Cook Italy - Bologna, Italy
Bologna, Tuscany and Sicily cooking classes
Prize: For 2 people, gourmet walking tour of Bologna's fabulous food markets and delis full of the regions' - and all of Italy's - top produce and products.
Restrictions: For 2 people. Must be used by the end of 2007.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by WV Cyndy
Quiz #4 - Website Questions

Tuscany Painting - Florence, Italy
Painting Workshops in Florence and Tuscany
Prize: One morning oil painting workshop for one person in the surrounding hills of Florence.
Restrictions: For 1 person.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by kaydee
Other, Most Hotel Reviews

Good Tastes of Tuscany - Florence, Italy
Fun & informative hands on single & multi day cooking classes in Florence
Prize: We would love to share our kitchen with you and offer the winner the opportunity to have two guests attend any one of our single day classes. For the prize winners we will include our signature apron and a gift pack of wine and oil made here at the estate.
Restrictions: For 2 people.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by LotusEden
Photo Essay, Colors, patterns, and rhythms of Italy

Italian Food Artisans - Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
Cookbook author Pamela Sheldon Johns invites you to her Tuscan farm for one-day or week-long classes
Prize: Join Pamela Sheldon Johns at her farm, Poggio Etrusco, for a day of cooking in the Tuscan countryside. Your class for two includes: Spend the morning with Pamela as she explores the Italian artisanal pantry, with explanations and tastings of olive oils, vinegars, capers, pasta. Lunch is a hands-on cooking class utilizing the artisanal ingredients. After lunch we will take a visit to an antique frantoio, an olive pressing mill, for a demonstration and tasting of oils. Take home a gift of a bottle of Poggio Etrusco organic olive oil and one of Pamela's cookbooks. Coming from Rome or Florence? No car needed! We will pick you up at the Chiusi train station. Bed & Breakfast accommodations available at a 50% discount to prize-winners.
Restrictions: For 2 people.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Pokey
Trip Report, My 50th Birthday Present to Myself, ITALY!


Restaurants, Dinners

Dino - Washington D.C., USA
Our Moderator Emeritus Dean has opened an Italian restaurant in Washington D.C.
Prize: Dinner for four at Dino, maximum value $400, with wines personally selected by the owner (Dean!).
Restrictions: Must be used in 2006.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Janet
Travel Note, Traveling with a digital camera


Private and Small Group Tours and More

3 Millennia Tours - Rome, Italy
Native English Walking Tours Of Rome
Prize: 150 credit towards a private tour in Rome. (Private tours are 50 per hour for up to 4 people. This prize would give you a private tour for 3 hours for up to 4 people.)
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Rar
Travel Note, Argentina - Slow Travel , Skiing, Food and Restaurants

3 Millennia Tours - Rome Italy
Native English Walking Tours Of Rome
Prize: Four spaces on any group tour for Rome. This can also be used as 2 spaces on 2 group tours or as 1 space on 4 group tours.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Dean
Trip Report, Carnivale in Venezia

Tuscan Traveler - Florence, Italy
Trip Planning and Custom Tours of Florence and Tuscany - classified listing 02/04
Prize: For up to 4 people, two hour private guided tour of Florence.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by to italy
Travel Note, Visiting Food Shrines in France (and one in Italy)

David Ronis - New York City, USA
Prize: Half-day tour of New York City with 25-year resident and Emeritus Moderator David. Although David is not a professional tour guide, he enjoys showing people parts of Manhattan (or even another borough) that they ordinarily might not see. Itinerary to be mutually agreed upon, but tailored to your taste. "Theme" walks or concentration on just one neighborhood possible.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by cec (Cecelia)
Travel Note, The Trials, Tribulations and Treasures of Traveling with Teens

Benvenuto Limos - Campania, Italy
Specialized in transfers & tours of Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Naples, Rome & Florence
Prize: A full day tour of the Amalfi Coast for 2 people (Positano, Amalfi and Ravello) starting from Sorrento.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Trishmael
Trip Report, Light Enough to Travel

Context: Florence - Florence, Italy
Context:Rome, Context:Florence and Scala Reale Itineraries
Prize: Two places on any small group itinerary in Florence.
Restrictions: Must be used in 2006.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Valerie
Travel Note, New Mexico's Indian Country

Venice Guide and Boat - Venice, Italy
Official Tourist Guides and Licensed Water Taxis in Venice
Prize: For 2 people, in Venice, transfers on arrival and departure (2 transfers) from and to airport (or railway station or port), boat tour of the Grand Canal and the Island of Murano (2 hours), walking tour with a licensed guide in Venice (2 hours).
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by SharonZ
Travel Note, Rome's Scavi Tour

Vatican Tours Inc. - Rome, Italy
VATICAN TOURS AND BEYOND, Rome
Prize: A private walking tour of the Vatican for up to 5 people with guide meeting customer at the Vatican.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Ginda Simpson
Travel Note, Postcard - Cruising the Brenta Canal from Venice to Padua

Discover Paris - Paris, France
Discover Paris, Personal Tourguide
Prize: One day tour of the Paris sites for a group of up to four people. This could include a visit to any of the major sites. I would provide anything from a guided tour of the Louvre museum, a neighborhood tour, or an exploration walk of a historic city site like the ancient city wall.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by maitaitom
Trip Report, We Didn't Drink All The Vino: Maitai Tom and Tracy's

Romaround - Rome, Italy
Enjoy Rome with your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide
Prize: A half day private tour in Rome for up to 3 people (about 3 hrs) plus a private cooking lesson (about 1 hr) to learn how to make a real Italian pasta (includes the possibility to enjoy the lunch that you will have just made!).
Restrictions: Subject to availability. Not available in August or December 15 - January 10.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Doru
Travel Note, Buying Italy Events Tickets Online with Charta

Francesco Marrapese private driver - Campania, Italy
Transfers and excursions in full comfort with English speaking driver/guide
Prize: An excursion along the Amalfi Coast of 6 hours with an English speaking driver in a comfortable mini-van (up to 6 people) with air conditioning.
Restrictions: Not available in high season (beginning of June to end of October).
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by venexiananan
Travel Note, Postcard - A Remo (by oar), Sweet Venetian Evenings

SharonOV, Chicago, USA
Sharonov is a member of our message board and contest prize winner.
Prize: 1 Day tour of Chicago, including admission for up to 4 people at Shedd Aquarium and lunch at my home, which is a 14th floor condo with a view of Lake Michigan and the museum campus.
Restrictions: For up to 4 people. Must be used by end of 2006.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by French Fries
Photo Essay, Why I love Provence: Favorite Sights


Cell Phones

Cellular Abroad
Cell phones for Europe
Prize: The Talk Abroad package. This is a GSM phone and SIM card that works in over 100 countries with unlimited free incoming calls anywhere in Europe! It also has the initial 30 minutes of outgoing calls included. This phone is unlocked and can be used with your US service (if it uses a SIM card).
>> Five prizes!!
1. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Dennis Switzer
Photo Essay, A Slow Walk across Spain
2. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Robert Santa Monica
Trip Report, TWO MORE WEEKS IN ROME AND NAPLES!
3. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Valerie
Quiz #5 - Travel Questions
4. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Daniel
Quiz #4 - Website Questions
5. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Shannon
Travel Note, Venice Sestieri

Telestial
Cell phones for Europe
Prize: A GSM phone (the new Motorola Razr!), an Italy SIM card and a Global Ring SIM card. This gives you a phone and SIM card to use in Italy and another SIM card that you can put into the phone when in other European countries. This phone is unlocked and can be used with your US service (if it uses a SIM card).
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Boleskine (Ruth)
Travel Note, Venice - 200 Things to Do and See


Food Products, Etc.

Gloria Espinoza
Gloria is a regular contributor to the Slow Travel Message Board
Prize: 3 pack of olive oil from the Olive Press in Glen Ellen
Restrictions: Will be shipped within North America.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Stephen P.
Photo Essay, China 2005

Sally Watkins Travel
Italy Travel Specialist
Prize: $100 gift certificate for Murray's Cheese Shop in New York (use to buy cheeses, oils, vinegars or other goodies).
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Janet
Photo Essay, Cinque Terre: July 2004

Everyday Gourmet Traveler
Small, personalized culinary tours to many regions in Italy (also France)
Prize: 1 bottle Tradizionale Balsamico (from Lancellotti, located just outside Modena). Retail value is $200-$400 (depending on where one shops).
Restriction: Prize will be shipped within North America.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Daniel
Trip Report, Laurie & Daniel's June 2005 Trip to Paris

Italian Renaissance Travel
Personalized Italian Itineraries and Art Historical Learning Adventures
Prize: 1 bottle Balsamic Vinegar (from Fattoria di Montagliari in Chianti, producer Giovanni Cappelli).
Restriction: Prize will be shipped within North America.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Nancy Lutz
Photo Essay, Tuscany 2005


Trip Planning, Maps

Trektools.com
Maps for Italy - planning, driving, exploring, hiking
Prize: $50 gift certificate for maps from TrekTools.com.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Dennis Switzer
Trip Report, A Pilgrimage from Porto, Portugal to Santiago de Compostela


Paintings, Prints, Art

Italian Excursions
Small group tours to Italy, in a country villa in Lazio near Tuscany and Umbria
Prize: Original framed small watercolors from Venice. Purchased from the artist. Actual size without matting is 3" x 5". The subject in both is Venice and each has a small gondola in it.
Restriction: Prize will be shipped within North America.
>> 2 prizes
1. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Christian
Trip Report, A Million Degrees
2. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by mary miller
Trip Report, It's all about the shoes

Tuscany Painting
Painting Workshops in Florence and Tuscany
Prize: A painting (unframed) includes shipping to to the prize winner's destination.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Lisa W
Photo Essay, Malta Photos

Bud Lowe
Tuscany Note Cards
Prize: Three sets of five boxed cards, with envelopes, each card a reproduction of a different scene painted in Tuscany. From original watercolor paintings by Bud Lowe shown in Slow Travel Trip Report 581.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by kaydee
Trip Report, England in Slow Motion: 190 Miles on the Coast-to-Coast Walk


Books, Amazon Gift Certificates, Memberships, Etc.

Illustrata, Inc.
Italy, Instructions for Use*
Prize: Signed copy of the only pocket guide devoted entirely to the practicalities of Italian travel - "Italy: Instructions for Use", by Nan McElroy.
>> 3 prizes
1. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by stella
Quiz #4 - Website Questions
2. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by RonGom
Trip Report, An Eastern Europe Sampler
3. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by kaydee
Quiz #2 - Treasure Hunt

Chow Bella Books
Chow Venice! A Guide to Eating and Drinking in Venice, Italy
Prize: An autographed copy of the book "Chow! Venice, Savoring the Food and Wine of La Serenissima" by Ruth Edenbaum and Shannon Essa. Plus free Venice advice for eternity and dinner in either New Jersey or San Diego at one of our homes, or in Venice if one of us is there when the winner is.
>> 2 prizes
1. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Daniel
Trip Report, A Rather Lovely Long Weekend in Paris with Laurie & Daniel
2. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by RedRedWine
Photo Essay, Images of Italy

Casina di Rosa
Vacation house in Alta Maremma, between Siena and Grosseto
Prize: Choose three books from my list of favorite guidebooks below. I will have them delivered to you.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by pfod
Photo Essay, Rome-Tuscany-Florence 2005

Robert from Santa Monica
Robert is a regular on our message board and wrote the article on Rome Guidebooks
Prize 1: A book for Tuscany lovers
- La Foce, A Garden and Landscape in Tuscany, by Origo, Livingston, Olin, and Hunt, University of Pennsylvania Press, hardback.
Prize 2: A package of three books for Rome lovers
- Rome from the Ground Up, by McGregor, Harvard Univ Press, due out in October, hardback
- Rome: A Cultural and Literary Companion, by Jonathan Boardman, Interlink Publishing Group, paperback
- The Geometry of Love: Space, Time, Mystery, and Meaning in an Ordinary Church, by Margaret Visser, North Point Press, 2001, hardback
PRIZE 1 HAS BEEN SELECTED by Donna Marie
Travel Note, Packing for a Trip to Europe
PRIZE 2 HAS BEEN SELECTED by Leslie
Trip Report, Through Bavaria, Umbria, Tuscany: Piatti Misti

ClassicVacationRental.com
Superb Villas and Apartments throughout Italy
Prize: A lovely cookbook - Tuscan Cookbook by Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer, and two music CD's for Italian atmosphere once you have cooked some of these lovely meals. One is "Italian classics" (perhaps a little kitsch, but makes you feel like you are in a little trattoria in some small hilltop town); and the other a CD of Pavarotti's opera favourites.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Debsnet
Trip Report, A First Italian Summer

Italian Vacation Villas
Renting quality villas, farmhouses, and apartments in Italy - SlowTrav Favorite!
Prize: $200 gift certificate for Amazon.com.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by David
Travel Note, Manhattan Neighborhoods, According to Me

Italian Journeys with Isabella and Luigi Dusi
Small group tours throughout Italy: Highlights, Cultural Treasures, Sardinia, Sicily, Amalfi Coast
Prize: Montalcino Goodies from Isabella and Luigi Dusi!! An autographed copy of Isabella's book Vanilla Beans & Brodo, an autographed copy of Isabella's book Bel Vino and a Quartiere Pianello scarf (very colorful, blue/white). The package will be mailed to you.
1. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Dana K
Trip Report, Mountains and Masterpieces
2. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by joelscapes
Photo Essay, Searching for Medieval Florence in 2004
3. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Ryan P
Photo Essay, Italy Summer 2005

Alice Twain
Alice is a regular contributor to the Slow Travel Message Board and wrote the section on Italian Trains on the website.
Prize: Two books:
- "La Cucina di Pistoia", Pistoiese cookbook
- "Storia d'Italia Pistoia", a photo book on Pistoia, historical photos, mostly postcards, including portraits and group photos, but mostly cityscapes and architectural, B&W
They are both in Italian (but contain many photos). The books will be mailed to you.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by decobabe
Travel Note, Travel Recipes for Italy

Home Base Holidays (worldwide)
Home Exchanges, Worldwide listings
Prize: A year's membership to Home Base Holidays.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Gloria - Casina di Rosa
Travel Note, Pisa: Not a Tourist Quickie

From a message board member
Prize
: Two books.
Signed copy of "Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home (Hardcover), by Mario Batali, Ecco, 2005 - signed by the author Mario Batali
Signed copy of "Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy (Hardcover), by Joseph Bastianich, David Lynch, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich (Contributor), Mario Batali (Contributor), Clarkson Potter, 2002 - signed by David Lynch and Joseph Bastianich
These books will be shipped to you.
PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by kaydee
Travel Note, Hiking in the Luberon and Four Hikes in the Luberon

Slow Travel
Travel information, vacation rental, hotel and restaurant reviews, message board.
Prize: Choice of one of the following two prizes:
1. Two year premium supporting membership on the Slow Travel Message Board and Slow Travel goodies (tote bag, 4 luggage tags, 1 mouse pad, 1 baseball cap).
2. The book "The City of Falling Angels" (Hardcover) by John Berendt, shipped to you from Amazon. This book will be discussed at our next bookclub - in the Slow Travel Chat Room, Sunday, February 26th, 5:30pm PST. Note: This prize was added for the last 14 winners on the list.
1. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by kaydee - membership/goodie bag
Travel Note, Postcard - Saturday at the Apt Market
2. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Lisa W - membership/goodie bag
Trip Report, Living in London for Six Months
3. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Ricardo - membership/goodie bag
Travel Note, Getting the Best Out of London's Transportation
4. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by kaydee - book
Other, Most Vacation Rental Reviews
5. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Jane - membership/goodie bag
Photo Essay, People of the Rift Valley
6. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by castor3 - membership/goodie bag
Trip Report, Footloose in Provence & Paris
7. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Gail Hecko - membership/goodie bag
Trip Report, The Mystery Trip, or I Was Attacked by a Killer Pelican in Mykonos
8. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Rar - book
Photo Essay, Bolivia
9. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by kaydee - membership/goodie bag (for Charley)
Quiz #1 - Website Questions
10. PRIZE HAS BEEN SELECTED by Pat and Henry - membership/goodie bag
Travel Note, Wagon Wheels in Tuscany


Prize for All Entries
All entries that are accepted in the contest and published on the Slow Travel site will receive a small "thank you" prize.

Slow Travel
Travel information, vacation rental, hotel and restaurant reviews, message board.
Prize: Your choice of four Slow Travel luggage tags or one Slow Travel mouse pad.
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