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June News Happy Father's Day and Thermal Baths of Italy

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Festa Gioia May 2017! 

Happy Father's Day and
Montecatini Terme, Tuscany, Italy

MontcatiniFor centuries, Montecatini Terme has been identified as the capital of wellness, beauty and rejuvenation thanks to an extraordinary natural gift, underground waters that, after making their way through millenia-long deposits of limestone, jaspers, and clay, spout from the depths of the earth and spill into majestic thermal establishments immersed in beautiful parks: Tettuccio, Regina, Excelsior, Leopoldine, Salute, Redi and Torretta.(Click here to see some of the many spa treatments available.) 

Montecatini, Terme, Italy is less than an hour trip by Train from Florence (Firenze) and by car less than 30 minutes. It is one of the ancient and beautiful hilltop towns in Tuscany that are accessible by Funicula (tram). We found this a superior destination when visiting with our large family. With easy access to Florence, it was at the same time a quiet town with many Italians vacationing with their families.

The park and promenade offer a true glimpse into the authentic Italian lifestyle. I am sure there are times of year that this town is engulfed by tourism so check into the best times to travel here. Click here to spend ten minutes enjoying this video in the gardens and ancient spa buildings of Tettuccio. There are also natural and more rustic woodsy areas you can visit.

Thermal Baths BaglioneWhat is the history of these places? Bagno Vignoni, and Montalcino inTuscany, for instance date the construction of the thermal baths to Roman times, as most thermal spa towns in Italy do. The heated waters were used for centuries by the Roman men and women.

A spa day may be just what our American dads can enjoy on Father’s Day. The baths of ancient times were mostly used by men; there was a small room to the side of the bath houses where a small pool was available to the women. In ancient Rome these bath houses were like community centers. Many Romans would use the baths as a place to invite their friends to dinner parties, and many politicians would go to the baths to convince fellow Romans to join their causes.. There were libraries, rooms for poetry readings, and places to buy and eat food. The modern equivalent would be a combination ofDad in the Marines a library, art gallery, mall, restaurant, gym, and spa.

Many in the general public did not have access to the grand libraries in Rome and so as a cultural institution the baths served as an important resource where the more common citizen could enjoy the luxury of books. The baths of Trajan, Caracalla, and Diocletian in Rome, all contained rooms determined to be libraries. Baths sprang up all over the empire. Where natural hot springs existed (as in Bath, England, Băile Herculane, Romania. and Serdica, Bulgaria) thermae were built around them.

Water is at the very heart of life creation.as you can see while sitting by a waterfall or on the rocks at the edge of the ocean on a sunny day, or on a boat on beautiful Lake Tahoe. Our father served in the Marines in the South  Pacific in WWII and also spent a short time in the navy. He  loves being on the water.

Dad in boat on Lake TahoeHere is a rare picture of him letting someone else drive his boat!

One can feel the energy of the water in our body. Water is closely linked to the emotions. Our ancestors were fascinated by its magic. The Romans valued cleanliness and some bathed every day.

The Le Selve country home owned by our friend Cristina is located midway between this area of Tuscany and the Umbrian towns of Perugia, Deruta, Lake Sirmione, and is a wonderful place to stay if traveling by train or car through this part of Italy.

Happy Summer Solstice, please join us for Festa Gioia 11th Birthday celebration Friday, June 9 from noon to 6 pm.  Please RSVP for this special annual event.

Many wonderful things are happening in June. Check out the calendar and join us if you can.

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Gioia is always open by appointment, Contact Kathy 408-640-6628.




Inlaid Wood CoastersFesta Gioia June
Date: Friday, June 9
Time: Noon to 6 p.m.
Place: Gioia, 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos      
RSVP Kathy: 408-640-6628
Lee: 650-967-0765
Come and enjoy Italian lunch with us, and specialty desserts from our Italian Bakery Friends. We have beautiful inlaid wood gifts from Sorrento, Italy, and more for Dad.

Festa della Repubblica, Italy
Unification Day (celebrated in Italy on June  2)
Date: Thursday June 8
For more info click this events link

Scholarship Dinner
Date: Sunday June 18
For more info click this events link

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Italian Family Festa  August 26 and 27th, 2017 in San Jose, California:
Click this link for more information: https://www.italianfamilyfestasj.org/

Boss of the Sauce Contest
Date: June 25 Sunday
For tickets and Information click here.


They host many Italian Cultural Events each month:
For more information click this link: http://www.iahfsj.org/#!events/cfvg
Mark your calendars for Italian Family Festa  August 26 and 27th, 2017 in San Jose, California:
Click this link for more information: https://www.italianfamilyfestasj.org/


This event is a FUNraiser for continued efforts to build a museum and cultural center.
The growing Little Italy San Jose Area is in downtown San Jose near the San Jose Arena and Guadalupe Park THEY INVITE YOU TO JOIN THE EFFORTS. Check out the projects and follow the news by clicking this link. http://www.littleitalysj.com/


GIOIA ITALIAN ART AND PRODUCTS always opened by appointment in Los Gatos. Call Kathy 408.640.6628 or Contact kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com

And always at your disposal online at www.gioiacompany.com


TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES 2017!! Save the Dates!!

Casa Ida Vietri sul MareCAMPANIA

Thinking of staying in the Vietri sul Mare region? Here is a B & B owned by one of our friends in Italy, check it out.  
CASA IDA Historic House Rental & B&B Italy
Campania, near Vietri sul Mari, 
Cava Dei Tirreni, Campania, Italy
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Sorrento and CapriITALY FOR THE SPRING
Sorrento Emotions and Dreams
Italian Specialist and Local Residents
Luxury, tailor made vacations
Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri and all of Italy
Enjoy holidays, short breaks, weddings, honeymoon, dining, cooking, shopping, scuba diving, water activities, coastal excursions with personal crew.
Contact Signore Tonino Pepe,pepetonino2@gmail.com, and tell him Gioia Co. sent you.

Puglia, Italy

Puglia, Italy with Valentina
Fall 2017.
Travel through the Puglia region
A step into real Puglia with Valentina,author, designer, artist and native

UMBRIA/TUSCANY-- Right on the border

Vacation at Le Selve, an Agriturismo!  Contact info@gioiacompany.com or 408.640.6628 for a special introduction to the owner. Sleeps six or 12. Two stories. Separate units. Beautiful view. Organic olive grove. Walking trails. Full kitchen. Swimming pool.

Carol Firenze

Carol is the author of the Passionate Olive and takes her guests to meet her friends in the olive business and to visit the ceramic artists of Deruta.
To learn more about the Passionate Olive, click here: https://thepassionateolive.com/speaker-educator-olive-oil-benefits/olive-harvest-adventure/

Multiple tours available from Christina Mifsud from Florence. For more details on the various opportunities, click here.

This club offers ongoing tours in Italy especially their Thanksgiving trips. Check them out here and tell them Gioia sent you! http://www.italiancenter.net/

See you soon...

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