Win a Free Night in an Italian Agriturismo

by gigigriffis

As you may already know, last month everyone who bought Italy: 100 Locals Tell You What to Do, Where to Eat, and How to Fit In here on the site was entered to win a free night in a B&B in Florence.

Today, I’m thrilled to announce our winner, selected by a random number generator: Gene Hall.

Didn’t win? Don’t fret! Everyone who entered and did not win last month is automatically entered in this month’s brand new giveaway (and every month for the rest of the year)! And if you didn’t get a chance to enter last month? Just buy the book this month. (Keep in mind that buying an eBook will automatically enter you to win, but if you buy a print book, you’ll need to send me your email address and confirmation number real quick to enter.)

Now, I bet you want to know what July’s prize is, right?

(Drumroll, please.)

A free night in a gorgeous Agriturismo, located in the Umbrian countryside near the Tuscan border.

Room at Fontanaro

The Country Slow Living property is an organic farm with villas and a cooking school surrounded by the rolling hills, winding vineyards, and endless sunflower fields of Tuscany and Umbria and just three hours from Florence or Rome.

In their own words: “The main Fontanaro estate contains a beautifully restored two story stone farmhouse with two separate luxury villas. Located in Umbria, ‘the green heart of Italy’ on the border of Tuscany, the property is set on 40 acres with 2.000 olive trees and a small vineyard of old Sangiovese’s grapes. The view lends itself to rolling green hills facing breathtaking sunsets and sunrise like a Perugino’s painting.

The farm house, built in 1893, is beautifully restored with modern comforts. It is surrounded by a large grass lawn with lemon trees, an extensive collection of old English roses, a great variety of many flowers, and a vegetable garden. There is a bread oven, a Weber barbecue, and a large private Infinity swimming pool with high-performance salt chlorinator (14 x 6m- 46 x 19,6ft ) with a maxi Jacuzzi.”

hot tub fontanaro
Holy crap, right? If you haven’t entered yet, you should.

And don’t forget: I’m doing a giveaway every single month for the rest of the year. So, if you enter this month and you don’t win, you’ll automatically be entered and have a chance to win next month. And if you don’t win next month? You’ll automatically be entered to win in September. (So, the sooner you buy the book, the more chances you have to win.)

Interested in seeing all the prizes? Here’s the line-up.

If you haven’t heard about the book, you can read more about it here. (Think of the book as your new Italian best friend–the one who knows where to find the best pizza in Naples and which neighborhoods are most charming in Rome, the one who will help you blend in seamlessly with the local culture.)

So far, the book is getting rave reviews. Here is what a few readers had to say:

“I love it. What to eat? Where to meet people? What to see & photograph. All things that matter to most people, especially solo travelers, and are not well addressed in other guidebooks.“ – Rob Philip

“She asks the eternal question of ‘what to do,’ sure. The difference is *who* she asks: clearly, the most delightful, enthusiastically interesting and deeply engaged people she has come across in her singularly extensive travels. They, predictably, have the raddest answers. They are niche answers. They are answers from people who really, really LOVE their particular slicelet of the country. And they are totally captivating. Loved it.” – Netterino on Amazon

“I wish every country had a guide like this!” – LouLouFrance on Amazon

Ready to buy the book and enter the giveaway? Go for it.

Countryside Fontanaro food

Full official rules are available here. The gist is this: You’ll need to be of age in whatever country/state/region you live in (in most cases, this means 18 and up). Only residents of certain countries (including the US and many European countries) can enter. You can only enter once. You’re automatically entered when you buy a copy of the book through the site and you can also enter by emailing me your book retailer receipt, or mailing in an entry form. No purchase is required (though I certainly hope you’ll buy the book and enter that way, since that is how I afford to eat and stuff).

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Rebecca Jaynes July 18, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Hi Gigi. Love your beautiful site and your adventuring state of mind. I have traveled mostly by living and working in one place for awhile (Spain, China…). You’re inspiring me to take off in my older age, to see if “we” can still do it. Big Hugs, rebecca

gigigriffis July 19, 2014 - 2:13 am


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