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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Asciano May 22nd 2013

After Suzy had parked up and we had seen Cortona we headed off for the farm where we intended to stop for the night. It was still a coolish day and the rain threatened on and off all morning. We set the sat nav for our next port of call Buon Convento. A little visited place which I had dismissed last year as being nothing more than a typical industrial Italian town grey and miserable at first sight. We headed up into the mountains and down narrow roads. The views around each corner were better than the one before. Tuscany is such a beautiful place it is easy to see why we British love it. Green in Spring and summer, tree lined roads, cypresses and in Autumn yellow with the ripening corn. It is hard not ... read more
In the courtyard
One of the many frescoes
On the many painted alcoves

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Asciano June 24th 2011

I had visions of visiting Cortona (where Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet was filmed) and taking a drive through Chianti today, but about as far as we got was Asciano for an ice-cream. We think it's probably the best pistachio in Italy, so we were able to convince the children to get into the car again with the promise that we wouldn't be walking any further than the gelato shop! It WAS hard to drag ourselves away from the pool though. Isabel and I were rewarded for our effort when we stopped in at a little boutique on the way to the gelateria. We found that Roman green suits us nearly as well as it did the Roman women. ( I shouldn't have bothered traipsing around Florence for an hour yesterday.......) I am not quite ready to ... read more
Asciano gelato - the best pistachio in Italy!
The girls, gelato in Asciano
Imogen Asciano gelato

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Asciano June 18th 2011

The children were in heaven in the pool while we packed up the campsite and cabin this morning. The skies have been nothing but blue since our first day in Rome, and it is just so hot that the pool is the best place to be! We drove away from Sorrento on that narrow road that had seemed incredibly scary at night. Today it was just beautiful - nothing menacing about it except the scooters that kept coming at us head-on, then darting back into the line of traffic at the last minute. Suicide mission. We decided to break our long drive to Tuscany at a spot called "Villa D'Este", just North of Rome. I had heard it had wonderful fountains, and in this heat, any water is good! The cherries and peaches are so good ... read more
View from the terrace, Villa D'Este
Villa D'Este
Our Tuscan Villa




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