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In May, Steve and I joined his Mum, Dad, two brothers and their wives, and one baby for a family holiday to Tuscany. It’s about time we shared the photos.
We stayed in this villa in a charming Tuscan hill town named Impruneta.
It’s one of those places where time is not a priority,
…character is plentiful,
…and beauty stretches in all directions.
One day we went to visit San Gimignano, a nearby walled medieval town in the hills of Tuscany.
The pottery was gorgeous,
…and the gelato, award-winning.
It was serious business trying to choose a flavour.
Another day we went to Siena,
…where we wandered the ancient streets,
…and people-watched in the square.
The city’s centre piece is the Duomo, a candy-striped cathedral,
…full of elegant statues,
…and delightful details.
It’s a building where you need to look up,
When we went to Florence, perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in the world, we mysteriously failed to take any photos, apart from of our meal at the excellent Al Tranvai (thank you Never Ending Voyage for the tip).
It was the perfect example of the Italian’s mastery of simple ingredients…
…delivering awesome taste.
We also discovered a revolution in wine tasting, which deserves a post of its own (next week). It was a beautiful week, not least because we were surrounded by family. It’s not often our two becomes nine.
Steve was so excited, he became Italian.
Have you been to Tuscany? Any tips for our next trip (we will of course be back. The gelato and food demands it).
More posts on Italy
Most of the travelling we’ve done in Italy predates this blog, but we recently went to Puglia where we visited the incredible Notte delle Luci festival of lights. Steve made a beautiful video of the psychedelic spectacle. We also explored some of the Salento region and have written a round-up of some of the things to do in Puglia. We love Italy so no doubt we’ll be back soon and will be sharing more stories filled with pizza, gelato and pasta. We also went on and amazing road trip in North Italy including Como and Cinque Terre. And another from Florence to the Amalfi Coast.