Donna Polizzi

The Best Place to Vacation in Italy
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The Best Place to Vacation in Italy

If you have the opportunity, stay at Antica Torre Di ViaTornabuoni 1, this medieval tower from the 13th century turned historical mansion, opened its culture, history, and doors to us.  My husband and I are booked to visit again this year. Everything about it is classic Italian. It’s warm, cozy and the views are jaw-dropping. 

Christmas on the Coast
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Christmas on the Coast

Growing up as an only child in Cincinnati, Ohio gave me plenty of opportunity to shovel snow in sub-zero temperatures. Let’s just say, I’m grateful to live on the California Central Coast where we don’t have to deal with ice on our windshields and plowing snow out of the driveway in the morning. We may…

Six Test Kitchen is a Foodie’s Dream
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Six Test Kitchen is a Foodie’s Dream

Six Test Kitchen, in Paso Robles, is a dining experience like no other in the heart of Tin City. Expect to be impressed and thrilled, as each of the 14 courses are presented. The food and sophistication are astounding, even to the most experienced, well-traveled foodie. Six Test Kitchen is a Setting Unlike Anything I…

Serenity by the Glass
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Serenity by the Glass

The old adage that says, “It’s not the destination…it’s the journey,” is never truer than experiencing the drive north or south on the 101 Freeway through San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. The drive, in and of itself, is pure eye candy for nature lovers. Magnificent mountain ranges, ocean views, rolling hills lined with…

Modern Day Gold Rush
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Modern Day Gold Rush

By Donna Polizzi The Central Coast Wine Region has become a modern- day gold rush. People are jumping on the bandwagon, and in some cases, “can wagon.” Wine bars, wineries and breweries are popping up all over the California Central Coast. Talking with owners and wine makers has revealed that this industry has become a…

Bello Forno Will Always Have a Pizza of My Heart
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Bello Forno Will Always Have a Pizza of My Heart

On a recent Keys 2 the Coast trip to Italy, I had the opportunity to explore Sicily, Venice, Florence and Portofino. While every moment was wonderful, every bite of food delicious and the scenery magnificent, it did not escape me that some of the magnificence of Italy is similar to what we have here on the California Central Coast. Specifically,…

The Magic of Venice Will Capture Your Heart in No Time
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The Magic of Venice Will Capture Your Heart in No Time

By Donna Polizzi Venice is as magical as imagined and a weekend isn’t nearly enough. Still, two days is sure to give you a lifetime of memories. Taking the train to Venice from Rome takes approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes. It’s a comfortable ride and the scenery alone is worth the scenic journey through…

Distill My Beating Heart
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Distill My Beating Heart

By Donna Polizzi Keys 2 the Coast set out for a daytrip to explore the best places to go in Buellton, California. Buellton is one of the five distinct areas that make up the Santa Ynez Valley. Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos and Los Alamos, are all a haven for great restaurants, bars, breweries…

Nepenthe Restaurant – Big Sur, Calif.
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Nepenthe Restaurant – Big Sur, Calif.

Mountains or ocean? At Nepenthe restaurant and bar, you don’t have to choose which gorgeous setting you’d like—you’re served complimentary views of both as you drink and dine. If you’re traveling down the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or in Big Sur, don’t miss dining at one of Southern California’s best restaurants, and Big Sur’s most…

City Spotlight on Santa Ynez
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City Spotlight on Santa Ynez

Keys 2 the Coast recently discovered a fantastic hideaway that is the perfect place to stay in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. The tiny town of Santa Ynez, population 4,418, the is in the midst of wine country, 51 miles north of Santa Barbara and 65 miles south of San Luis Obispo. The…

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