Words cannot describe Tuscany, you must simply come and see for yourself.
I was born in Signa, a small medieval village on the Arno river, but I spent my whole life in Florence: first as student, commuting by train each school day, then at the University and finally moving to live in this wonderful town almost twenty years ago. I couldn’t imagine myself living in another place. My principal occupation is writing shows for TV, radio and theatre. I have always been interested in meeting people and sharing experiences, which I believe is the essence of writing. And when I met Hosted Villas I thought that this could be a wonderful occasion to fill my bag of knowledge with new histories and lives.
I am so lucky to have such incredible views just right outside my door.
My perfect day in Tuscany would be...
You will start your day having breakfast at the Villa, in the garden under the beautiful lilac patio, surrounded by the greenery and the sun. After, head to Florence and have fun with the little local train from Compiobbi and arrive at the railway station in the heart of this Renaissance city. Here you will have a guided tour of the exclusive Corridoio Vasariano, the secret walk from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti where a unique portrait gallery can be found. There you can look into the eyes of Rubens,Velazquez, Rembrandt, Canova, Ingres.
After the arts, you can relax in the Santo Spirito square, a lively and bohemian place with many little cafès. This is the perfect spot to enjoy the Italian “aperitivo”, after which you can have lunch in a typical trattoria, where you will taste the traditional Tuscan food.
In the afternoon your driver will pick you up and bring you to visit the Castle of Pomino, a medieval little fortress owned by one of the most ancient families of Tuscany, the Frescobaldi, where an excellent wine is made. You will walk through the vineyards with your personal guide, visit the wine cellar of the Castle and discover all the wine secrets, finally enjoying a glass of wine with a light snack. Now it’s time to go back to your Villa. Relax by the pool at sunset while your dinner is being made by your chef. Buon appetito!