Lodging- To Tuscany
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Kitchen Entrance to Villa
We planned our trip to Tuscany for early September 2006. Rates are less expensive after Sept.1 and the weather is still good. It was done entirely through the internet and everything worked out with no surprises.
We were able to get a villa that met our needs. There were five in our group so the ideal villa would have 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. We found a villa that looked beautiful, was the right size for us and not a duplex or part of a hotel. It also had a swimming pool which we preferred.
Since we expected that our party might want to split up and go in different directions on some days we ordered two wagons, Opel and Ford. A good thing too because one would never have fit all of us with our luggage.
The road to our villa was beyond Aquilea, unpaved and very narrow, one car width in some places. The woman who managed the property was very nice, but alas spoke not a word of English. Fortunately, her daughter, Federica, had working knowledge and we were able to communicate through her.
Terrace entrance of villa
The name of the villa was La Comitissa, a stone barn recently converted to a charming villa. There was a nice country kitchen which the gourmet chefs in the group took advantage of. The property was really a small farm sloping down the side of the mountain. It grew grapes, figs, kiwi fruit, apples, peaches, tomatoes, and lots of flowers planted by the manager.
Cinque Terra coast
Cinque Terra: This a must for tourists. The charming towns, perched on the sides of mountains where they sweep down to the sea, are best viewed from the sea.
Cathedral in Florence
Florence : This is a "must do" city. The great artwork and cultural heritage makes one feel amongst the essence of western civilization. The wellspring of the Renaissance deserves two days to do it justice because there is so much to see and enjoy. Your days should be planned because the attractions will have long lines, especially the Ufizzi Museum.
Amphitheatre Piazza in Lucca