Stephanie Strickland

My time in Urbino has truly been indescribable. It’s not just the gorgeous city itself, but it’s the local people of this small town that have made the past couple weeks so special to me. Everyone here is so full of life and passionate about what they do; all they want is to share what they know with us, while learning a thing or two from us Americans as well. I will never forget my trip to Urbino, the rich lessons learned and the amazing people I met along the way.

Stories by Stephanie Strickland

  • The first thing I see when I walk into Tonti Agostina’s Urbino house is a cobalt blue mushroom as large as a flattened bowling ball. Until Tonti’s discovery, <em>Ganoderma</em> had gone unseen in the Le Marche region for 50 years...

    Mushroom Madonna

    By Stephanie Strickland
    The first thing I see when I walk into Tonti Agostina’s Urbino house is a cobalt blue mushroom as large as a flattened bowling ball. Until Tonti’s discovery, Ganoderma had gone unseen in the Le Marche region for 50 years...

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  • You may not personally know any mushroom-hunting champions like Tonti Agostina. But you can still experience the adventure yourself with overnight excursions in the Marche ranging from a few days to more than a week.

    Make Your Own Mushroom Expedition

    By Stephanie Strickland
    You may not personally know any mushroom-hunting champions like Tonti Agostina. But you can still experience the adventure yourself with overnight excursions in the Marche ranging from a few days to more than a week.

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  • Want to know a little secret about Urbino’s infamous Ducal Palace? Legend has it that university students believe this site is cursed, and refuse to enter the palace for fear of never graduating...

    Debunking the Curse of the Ducal Palace

    By Stephanie Strickland
    Want to know a little secret about Urbino’s infamous Ducal Palace? Legend has it that university students believe this site is cursed, and refuse to enter the palace for fear of never graduating...

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