I know a few photos have featured in a Gallery post and some Silent Sunday posts (here, here and here) back in June but it definitely deserves it's own post as I want a record of it (also, I know a few of you have asked me about it).
We booked to stay on an agriturismo in the hills of Tuscany - about a 30-40 minute drive from Pisa airport - called Bramasole e Ginestra. We also booked one night in Pisa in the lovely 4 star Hotel Bologna near the centre for our last night.
|View from the pool|
The accommodation was lovely and spacious, the owners were so amazingly friendly and helpful and the facilities were fab. They had lots of animals which Mini Cheddar loved - dogs, cats, chickens, chicks, roosters, sheep, goats and donkeys which she got to feed every day. They had play equipment, a barn with toys and a big swimming pool. She also got to spend the day with a large group of Italian school children and they all made and baked their own bread in the outdoor oven.
|Baking fresh bread|
|With the Italians|
|Om nom nom|
But what have I taken from my holiday? What does Tuscany mean to me? What are my most treasured memories?
In no particular order:
- Tuscany is beautiful. Fact.
- Fireflies are truly stunning at night and looking across the valley from our apartment seeing the hills twinkling with them is something I'll never forget.
- It's fun catching fireflies and seeing them light up in your hands.
- The food in Italy is amazing.
- I'll never be happy in an Italian restaurant in the UK again.
- Mini Cheddar can give a HUGE Italian pizza a run for it's money.
- The wine is also amazing.
- Apart from when mixed with a few limoncellos and a large B52 and especially not the night before you are due to fly home.
- Hangovers and heat are not a good combination.
- Nor are hangovers and flights.
- Having chicks and cats on the same farm isn't a good idea sometimes.
- My husband is a great chick rescuer.
- My iPhone translator app is rubbish up in the Tuscan hills.
- Or maybe it's my rubbish Italian pronunciation.
- Italians are very friendly and welcoming - even when you struggle to speak to their language sometimes.
- I now want to learn to speak Italian as well as Spanish.
- Eating take out pizza al fresco at the farm with new friends is very relaxing.
- Mini Cheddar can actually live without watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse for 10 nights.
- Il Tigli Restaurant in Colleoli serves amazing pizza and pasta (and wine).
- It is totally worth eating in a restaurant you love 3 times in 10 nights - even if it was a good 20 minute drive up some scary hillside roads.
- Italy isn't expensive like I was lead to believe.
- Italians love children.
- Roosters are very randy.
- Sheep love crisps.
So, there you have it. I think it sums up our holiday perfectly. Here's to our next Italian adventure.