New friendships best-kept secret in travel

BARBERINO VAL D’ELSA, TUSCANY— As a kid, I dreamed of traveling. My parents purchased a set of World Book encyclopedias when I was about 4 years old, and for more than a decade that was my conduit to other parts of the globe. I dreamed of far-off exotic lands and what they must be like: the people, the animals, the food. In my teen years, my travel ambitions moved closer to home as I was enamored with the Los Angeles rock scene. In my 20s, I narrowed my wanderlust to the South and…

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