I visited Tuscany for the first time when I was young and madly in love, I was more interested in looking into my lover’s eyes for reassurance of his undying love for me than taking in properly the magnificent site of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and as we crossed the bridge over the river Arno in central Florence where there are shops and shops of the most exquisite jewellery you will ever lay eyes on, I preferred to giggle at the site of Pierangelo’s naked statue of David rather than take in the breathtaking art surrounding me. Don’t worry I’m raising my own eyebrows at myself now.
But then I grew up.
Fortunately for me I was able to return to Tuscany many a time, we spent memorable family holidays at Castiglione della Pescaia, we visited Siena for a spectacular wedding. We walked the streets of Grosseto, me secretly hoping to bump into David Bowie – no we didn’t. And the towers of San Gimignano are still one of the prettiest memories I have of Tuscany.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, on the planet should visit Tuscany at least once in their lifetime. As you drive through the open spaces you are greeted with fields and fields of sunflowers all tracing the path of the sun with their huge heads.
You will get to taste some of the Best Food in Italy – fact. You will be beside yourself with joy as you read the wine list full of delicious reds and whites to have with your meal. Eating in a restaurant will be one of the highlights of your holiday, a bombardment to the senses.
One of my favourite memories is staying in a family run villa, pretty much like Villa Pia. An old farmhouse in the middle of the beautiful countryside where a lot of care and attention has been taken to make sure all of your comforts have been met but without compromising the life and traditions of Tuscany.
Villa Pia has the most spectacular swimming pool (there’s a second pool for the kids and both are heated!) and a huge courtyard where children can run freely, don’t forget Italy is one of the most child friendly countries on Earth, you will be amazed at how patient the Italians are with children.
Rooms are personalised but in keeping with the period and style of the house, I think if you take a look you’ll want to go and if you ask me I would certainly say yes go, you will love it.