Blogs from Poppi, Tuscany, Italy, Europe


Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Poppi May 23rd 2016

We have said before that the best finds when we have been sightseeing have been the ones we had no idea about until we got to the area we were staying in and did some exploring. And sure enough we did that again today with an amazing find way up in the hills above the Casentino Valley. The weather gods have turned on us a bit this morning with some darker clouds overhead that later turned into a brief thunderstorm but very little rain. Thunderstorms can sound and look impressive when your location is in a valley and on a hillside and this one that passed through, albeit brief, did not disappoint. Then out came the sun and we were able to have breakfast on the terrace under the gazebo as we planned our day of ... read more
Church ceiling at the Camaldoli Monastery
Birth of Jesus painting,Camaldoli Monastery
The forest in the hills.Just the sounds of birds

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Poppi May 21st 2016

The forecaster predicted it and they were spot on. This morning has dawned absolutely perfect for exploring the Casentino Valley that we are staying in. The sun peeping over the mountains to the east quickly burned off the haze that hung in the valley where Poppi is located and by the time we were ready for a late breakfast it was warm enough to sit outside in the gazebo to eat our breakfast. Making the most of the warm sun we got up to date with our washing and then headed out to top up the groceries supplies for the next few days by driving the short distance to the next town of Bibbieno where there is a Co-Op supermarket. As we parked Peggy we noticed an African guy walking up to other shoppers either parking ... read more
Poppi Castle at sunrise
The valley
Peggy outside our apartment,Poppi

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Poppi May 20th 2016

Well we had decided that we weren’t going to venture too far from our Tuscany apartment and just enjoy the surroundings for the next 4 days. The weather when we arrived last night was heavily overcast and the light was gloomy and we couldn’t really tell what the view from the apartment terrace was going to be like. When we awoke this morning it was still overcast but not as heavy and there were signs of blue sky appearing with the sun trying its best to poke through. We could not have wished for a better place! The view from the terrace over the Casentino valley and down to the town of Poppi is just beautiful. Beyond Poppi in the hills on the other side of the valley to us is the town of Soci and ... read more
Out on our afternoon walk
Next winters firewood

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Poppi May 19th 2016

We are moving onto Tuscany today and a small village called Poppi and slowing the BBA V3 down a bit with a five night stay and taking some rest and relaxation. Gretchen’s find on Air BnB looks just like we wanted to stay in while in Tuscany and we hope it turns out as planned when we get there. First though we have the drive down the coast a little further and then inland. The weather in Rapallo as we are packed up is fine and clear. However ahead it is not the same and we think we will run into rain before the day is out. Thankfully the forecast ahead for the next few days is for warm, sunny weather. Rapallo is a town squeezed into a narrow valley that runs up from the sea ... read more

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