Reflections on Tuscany

Tomorrow we head for Florence from Forte dei Marmi. • The mountains white not with snow but with marble. • The impossibility of getting a bad meal. • Very friendly, confident women and very argumentative insecure men. • Cyclists who are defiant, rude, and dangerous. • Streets built for chariots accommodating modern cars. • Breathtaking countryside with cities build around churches and farms built around fortresses. • The best food in the world. • Truly remarkable red wine and passable white. …


What I’m Doing On My May Vacation

Forte dei Marmi is nestled between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Carrera-marbeled Appennine Mountains like a spoiled child. Gated villas with huge hedgerows impossible to see from the tree-canopied streets populate the town. The shops are Prada and Gucci and Savorski and for the very well off. This is still the slow season, where you can get into any restaurant and gad about without crowds. © Alan Weiss 2013


Tuscany Travels

My wife’s ancestral home on her father’s side is Carmagnola, outside of Torino. We see her cousin Francesco once or twice a year. He owns a hugely successful wood design firm with global clients. Since my son won a stunning villa for a week in a charity poker game, he invited Cousin Jimmy’s family to come along and visit the homeland. Here are just a few of the 80+ photos I shot today. © Alan Weiss 2013


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 5/20/13

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

May 20, 2013—Issue #191 This week’s focus point: I’m sitting in a villa in Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany. It is incredibly beautiful and peaceful. Instead of rushing from monument to monument and checking off historical points of interest, we’re simply spending a week immersed in the local culture and environment. We can walk or bike to shops, have some wine and espresso, and have high quality family time (there are 8 of us). You can’t find a bad meal …



In Case You Were Wondering What I Was Thinking

• American Idol is an example of a once-dominating franchise that ate itself to death through self-indulgence. • The co-author of my first book in 1988 told me that extreme expressives have to applaud themselves if they can’t get anyone else to applaud them. Today, they are crawling all over Facebook, printing their latest clients testimonials, fan mail, and grammar school report cards. • The next person who is a complete stranger to me and asks me to endorse his …


Alan’s Thought For Today

A sales manager at a major New York property is trying to get two full weeks of my business next year, which would be worth six figures. I received a phone message at 8 this morning that she’s in a training class, and will call me during lunch break. I’m leaving for Italy. Presumably, they are training her how to sell better, and keeping her from actually selling to a very valuable client. I am not making this up. There …


On to Rome

The car picks us up later today to go to Logan Airport and we’ll fly from Boston to Rome overnight, pick up a car, and drive to Forte dei Marmi (the marble fort). You can see our villa here: http://www.villafortedeimarmi.it/villa-gallery.html My son won this in a charity poker game, along with his and his latest squeeze’s airfare from LA. We’re all converging, including the legendary Cousin Jimmy of one of my signature stories, and his wife and daughters. The place …