Why go to Italy? Why not? Grab yourself a tuscany vacation package, but once you come you might want to stay forever. The beautiful Tuscan countryside is something you wouldn’t want to miss. Not to mention luxury tuscan villas.
Tuscany is one of those dreamy places, where the sun almost never seems to stop shining. You can have scenic views, sleepy villages, grand sunsets, & misty mornings. Where every corner is the perfect frame for the perfect picture. Vineyards roll from hilltop to hill end, hurrying to meet a dramatic entrance of the sun. A great vista for a creative soul. A place where one could sit, & write a book.
It kicked with a bang: a 5 hour delayed Al Italia flight from London Heathrow to Rome (never using Al Italia again!). Sahar & I arrived after midnight to a sleepy airport. And missed our connecting flight to Florence due to Al Italia’s 5 hour delay. Which they blamed on the weather (which looked fine).
After a 3 hour wait in a slow moving queue full of 80 red faced angry Brits, with plenty of swearing we had two options: 1. A flight at 10:30AM the next morning (which meant missing part of the Kaleido Tour). 2. Catch the 6AM train to Florence, & cab it to the Tuscan village from there.
We took option 2, & went to the nearby Hilton for a couple of hours to freshen up. I tried drinking coffee to stay awake, as we had to catch the 6AM train from Rome. Pouring rain outside, & then a kind kind stranger came out of nowhere, & helped us book tickets. Redeeming our faith in mankind haha! 🙂
Rome to Florence on the fast train was a relaxing journey. Apart from the low humming of the moving train, it was a silent carriage with sleepy passengers. The passing scenery was beautiful: misty vineyards, & hilltops with low hanging wispy clouds (I must go back).
In spite of all the travel drama, we still had a fabulous time. After a night of no sleep we went straight on to brunch at the charming Villa Gaeta. As we pulled into the drive, the Villa looked like something straight out of a poem, a very charming poem. It’s owned by Bruno Boretti, an Italian architect who has been restoring it, & made it an airy space of art, history & design. The rooms each have their story, with restored old paintings beneath the wall paint (my photodiary of the Villa Gaeta here).
The whole weekend was filled with creative workshops, elegant set-ups, themed brunch, & dinners in charming buildings. Everything was picture perfect, with lot’s of ‘instagrammable’ photo-ops. Not to mention the company.
Angela showed us how to make a flower crown at the Tenuta Lupinari castle, which we wore to dinner. As the sun went down we exchanged stories about our journeys in life.
I met the wonderful Sabrina @the_storyteller, whose philosophy is to #livemoreandbemore. She left her job, sold everything, & is travelling around the world for a year. I also had the pleasure of meeting Ashley of @historyinhighheels, who is studying for a PhD in Florence. There was another doctor on the tour, a very talented photographer- Nailya. We also met the witty Financier Anna, who is basically a kind of superwoman with her skills in floristry, calligraphy & more!
The talented Betty Soldi did a calligraphy workshop with us in the gardens of Tenuta Lupinari. This was incredibly enjoyable, with an almost relaxing quality. I managed to get ink all over my hands & arms, but now I can write beautiful love letters! 😛
Antonella from Tenuta Lupinari made us a delicious chocolate cake, & shared her recipe with us. It was amazing!! :p
I left Italy with 2 thoughts. I must return to Tuscany (which I did- post coming soon). I must come back!
If you fancy something a bit different, off the beaten track, with charm & bespoke detail then check out Italian Eye’s Kaleidotour– Angela & Olivia have something exciting happening this April 🙂
Where have you been that made a lasting impression on you?
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