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Live in Tuscany for Free

When we first arrived at the 15th-century farmhouse perched high on a hillside near Lucca in Tuscany, Italy, I thought we’d gone to heaven…without the inconvenience of dying. Inside the historic home’s solid stone walls, the scene is idyllic. The sun streams through the open, louvered screens, spilling over the roses my husband Michael picked yesterday. The décor is rustic but comfortable: an eclectic collection of bubble-flecked glasses; exotic wall hangings; hand-hooked rugs; deep, comfortable sofas; and the farmwife’s mainstay—a huge, lovingly used wooden table.

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