Category Archives: Days trips

The coolest place in Tuscany?

These scorching hot August days have us desperately seeking cool.  With its shade and icy cold pools Orrido di Botri is probably the coolest activity we’ve found.  Orrido di Botri is a nature reserve in northern Tuscany and in summer … Continue reading

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a poke around Lucca Antiques market.

This weekend was the Lucca antiques market. I had some specific items I hoped to find, but as is often the way I didn’t find quite the right thing. But really it was more of an excuse for a poke … Continue reading

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The charm of Lucca’s shops

A recent question on a travel forum asked what was so great about Lucca, why did so many love the town?  The other day I had to wait around for a while in Lucca on a very cold morning. To … Continue reading

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Marble, Bronze and Beach – Pietrasanta, Tuscany

Still feeling a bit wintry today, so I’m continuing my look back at last summer’s sunshine and trips to the beach! One very hot afternoon we wanted to go somewhere not too far, somewhere we hadn’t been before, with a … Continue reading

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Beyond Tuscany – Lerici, Liguria

As the New Year starts I find myself looking back over  2011 and I’ve realised there were many other places I meant to share and didn’t get the chance at the time. January is a quieter month  so I thought … Continue reading

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A beach in Tuscany.

These hot summer days all my time away from Villa Rosalena seems to involve getting in water somehow. Beach, river, pool, lake, anywhere cool! Yesterday was to Marina di Vecchiano. This is the beach we go to most often.  Reason … Continue reading

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Beyond Tuscany – The Cinque Terre- an unusually short day trip!

This Wednesday we made one of our craziest day trips, one that shouldn’t have worked or been possible yet ended up as a brilliant day. I love visiting the Ligurian coast, rugged and dramatic, yet easily reached from northern Tuscany.  … Continue reading

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Lunch in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Tuscany

My sister is visiting. She doesn’t eat vegetables! But she likes cheese.  So a cheese based lunch was in order. We headed half hour northwards to Osteria Vecchio Mulino in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. It serves cold platters of local food: … Continue reading

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Tuscan cave on a rainy Sunday, Grotta del Vento

Rain! We tend not to ‘do’ rain. But with 3 of the 4 of us in post virus lethargy we needed a trip to give us a boost. So having  sent a number of past guests to the Grotta del … Continue reading

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Mushrooms and truffles, Slow Food of the Tuscan mountains

If you go to Silvio, and order the tasting menu (menu degustazione) you will believe I’ve let you in on a secret, one of those ‘hidden gems’ of clichés.  For this is one of those out-of-the-way places, that looks like … Continue reading

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