For a dose of culture, mouth watering food & wine, beautiful architecture, breathtaking views and my favourite: la dolce far niente – Italy really fits the bill. I definitely have a weak spot for this latin country and it’s no wonder that I’ve been back again and again. I love the relaxed way of life, the melodic language, the little narrow alleyways and the endless senior meetings in every corner.
Trip – With the intention of visiting multiple cities in Tuscany, we set off by car from France to Italy. The drive is around 11 hrs but we opted for an overnight stay in Aix-en-Provence, which allowed us to relax and see more of the beautiful South of France en route to Italy. The drive along the coast is quite scenic apart from some frightening moments involving the short Italian slipways into the highway.
Stay – we stayed in a town called Montaione which was just a perfect base. A quiet enough town but lively enough to host some local festivals, restaurants and talented artisans. One could easily drive or take trains to bigger cities, which is exactly what we did.
Visit – We visited Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Voltera and Pisa. A good travel guide would give you all the tips of attractions etc. Personally, I’d recommend visiting Siena during twilight. It is absolutely stunning!
Eat – Most people rave about how delicious food is in Italy, and they are quite right. One can’t help but indulge in tasty pasta, pizza and copious amounts of gelato. And whilst in the Chianti region, it’s almost impossible not to spot wine tasting places. For a dining experience with a view, you might want to try the incredible ‘La Rocca“, just be sure to reserve and dress up a notch. And it’ll be criminal to leave Italy without tasting some truffle.
No regrets – But if I had more time, I would have visited the renowned natural springs in Tuscany. But this just gives an excuse to go back :/ I’ll leave you with some images from various cities. Ciao x