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Italy 2019

September 2019 - February 2020
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  • Day9

    Lazy day

    September 13, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We walked up to the village for our last coffee at the restaurant. Then back to the villa to get books finished, swimming and to beat our volleyball record. Then our real treat... Fredrico our private chef arrived and started preparing tonight’s dinner. Now 2 courses in we are stuffed and enjoying the sunset. Tuscany you have been a joyRead more

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  • Day8

    Sights of Sienna

    September 12, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Up early as we were off to have a full day (ish) in Sienna today. The sun was out and Alan had identified a really good parking spot .. so off we went. The day started with a great cup of coffee and local biscuits before purchasing our OPA, not OAP tickets for all of the bits linked to the cathedral. We decided to get a multimedia guide.. great idea as just enough information to digest in a short time. The pass lasts up to four days, but we only really had a few hours, but it was enough to give us a taster. The cathedral, crypt and baptiste were amazing as was the terrace in the museum.. Looked more like part of a set than an unfinished extension to one of the great cathedrals in Europe. So quick lunch, couldn't finish my wine.... and then off to the piazza del campo .. where they have the famous horse race, twice a year.. All of it was amazing .. Sienna you didn't disappoint. So here are some photosRead more

  • Day7

    Wine, wine and more wine

    September 11, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Today has been an amazing day, we travelled to the Winery where we got taken to meet our bike guide. He took us to san gimiano - e bikes are the way to go! After the bike tour we returned to the winery for our cooking lesson, then with 3 courses made we sat to our wine tasting- 10 wines in all !! We also are our food we prepared earlier - Thank you Bev for an amazing birthday present 💕Read more

  • Day6

    Pool and a good book

    September 10, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    So today we decided that with a busy few days planned tomorrow, Thursday and Friday we would take the opportunity to relax around the pool. Two finished books later, an easy lunch with the obligatory beer, afternoon ice cream and a cup of tea.. its time to get ready to drive to see the Dolmio family in the next village for dinner.. Off to the wine tour tomorrow. How could you get bored of this view though.. and some good old pool volleyball.Read more

  • Day5

    Volterra

    September 9, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Today we planned to go to Sienna, but several presses of the snooze button made us get up late. So it was decided after a swim we would go and explore Volterra - have you ever heard of it? Well it’s a hidden gem, another walled medieval city on top of a hill. Amazing streets, views and towers - just think GoT.
    Home to the hot tub and Bevs lovely evening dinner- life is so relaxed. Evening dinner is followed by homemade jam tart made by our hosts!! This mornings gift.
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  • Day4

    Castles, views and more castles

    September 8, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    The day started with an uphill walk to our local village Montecastelli Pisano for a look round without our trumpet, found a bar for coffee and arranged a table reservation for tonight ( though my attempt at Italian was met with do you speak English!) - anyway table booked.
    A stroll back to the villa for a swim and relax in the hot tub. Then we went to Rocca Sillana for a guided tour of this very old fortress. Well it was amazing - we were the only two people on the tour and the guide knew his stuff but made it fun.
    The terrace allowed wonderful views of the Tuscan countryside. You could see for miles
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  • Day3

    Lucca, Pisa and then the villa

    September 7, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We left out wonderful apartment in Lucca and walked to the station to board a train back to Pisa central, then a shuttle to the airport where we picked up our Fiat 500.... well when in Pisa.... A lunch later and a stop at the supermarket we arrived at our villa, to be met by our two great hosts. After a tour of the house we were given instruction on the pool and the jacuzzi! Gina then pointed out our welcome pack ( which was huge ) and mentioned the 2 flans she had made for us!
    Had a great swim and relax ....
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  • Day2

    To the wall! And a tower or 2

    September 6, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    A fun morning cycling along the wall around the city... fun because we borrowed the hosts bikes, and Italians aren’t that tall!! The afternoon was amazing as we explored and visited the cathedral and 2 bell towers. Booked into a fish restaurant tonight, only hope is we find it again

  • Day2

    To the wall! And a tower or 2

    September 6, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    A fun morning cycling along the wall around the city... fun because we borrowed the hosts bikes, and Italians aren’t that tall!! The afternoon was amazing as we explored and visited the cathedral and 2 bell towers. Booked into a fish restaurant tonight, only hope is we find it again

  • Day1

    Lucca

    September 5, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Today headed off to Pisa and beat the crowds. Funny watching people trying to get “that” photo of holding up the tower. Then took a train to Lucca and was met at the station by our host who drove us to the apartment. City walls are now calling