Venice! Wow! It has to be seen to be believed! The sheer size of the city surprised me. I knew about the canals but so many weaving in and out over such a bit area, incredible and I had no idea. Continue reading Venice Rocks the Boat
Sadly we depart our ‘toscano retreat’ We travel today to Oriago, a 15 minute ride out of Venice. We travel mainly the ‘autostrada’ (motorways) all the way.
We pack a picnic lunch for our driving tour of Tuscany. I feel as though we are on a movie set as the country is that beautiful. The hills are rolling and green with grapevines and olive groves as far as the eye can see. The roads are narrow and full of hairpin bends though and so a lot of caution is needed negotiating the. Our destination point is Vinci, the home of Leonardo Da Vinci. It is an interesting ancient stone place where the wealthy Da Vinci family were major land owners. We visit a museum set up on the ground floor of the family castle and fll of amazing original drawings, mechanical devices and statures. Leonardo was an all round genius it seems. He drew detailed topographical maps of the whole of Tuscano without the benefit of aerial photos. He was a scientist, mechanical engineer, botanist, had an amazing knowledge of anatomy for his time and of course incredible artist! Continue reading Wild Boars Run Amuck
The tourist information in Pistoia has been incredibly helpful. Pistoia is a medieval town, complete with stone wall encasing the centre and full of narrow streets and large Italian piazza. WE arrange accommodation through the tourist information at an ‘agriturismo’ (tourist farm accommodation) stay. We have found the best place to stay in Tuscany, at a very reasonable price, we are sure of it! In the middle of an olive grove with the lights of Florence in the distance! We celebrate with a bottle of local wine, some local pesto and of course olives all experienced outside in the cool evening air.
As we approach the breakfast room Elsa and Luke are sharing cappuccino and the day’s text. Ciao! After our breakfast we exchange gifts. Elsa insists we take two bottles of the gorgeous Umbrian wine she has chosen for us to have with her meals. With Luke translating (he speaks better English than we at first thought) we can express our appreciation for all they have done. More tears, more hugs, Oh dear! Our drive today will take us north to Tuscany. We have told Tom (sat nav) to direct us on the scenic route. We are not taking motorways through this beautiful country!