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Niagara-on-the Lake is in for a surprise this season! It is called La Toscana di Carlotta in Burns House, a Tuscany-themed Bed & Breakfast located downtown in one of the oldest homes in Niagara-on-the-Lake, whose original deed dates back to 1793. It was built by the British and was the home of a British army officer. Subsequently, in the war of 1812, all of NOTL was burned down by the retreating American army. Burns house was restored in 1817 and was first used as a guest house. Later it was bought by a local merchant, Joseph Burns, as his family home. It was used as a B&B several years ago, English style, and now will maintain all its quaint colonial charm but with a bright Tuscany accent under the stewardship of Carlotta Cattani of Florence, Italy, and her husband Zuhair Kashmeri, of Bombay, India, a long time Canadian Ethnic Media Association member and the webmaster of www.canadianethnicmedia.com.

La Toscana will feature specially concocted Italian breakfasts, fine Italian linen, tableware and crockery, and most of all charming Italian hostess Senora Shara Cattani, Carlotta’s mother, will be by her side for the opening in May and all through the 2008 season. Carlotta promises us two things: First that La Toscana is where History will meet Hospitality; and second, that the rooms and the amenities will bring back memories of the bright Tuscan Sun! It starts operations on May 18 and can be reached directly at 1-866-577-2155 or via info@latoscanadicarlotta.com. It is located right downtown in NOTL at 255 King Street, literally steps away from all of the Shaw Festival theatres, shops and fine dining establishments. See it at www.latoscanadicarlotta.com

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