A Postcard From Italy

Trawling the internet looking for a much needed holiday, this advert for an apartment jumped out at me – “Italy as it used to be - peaceful and romantic getaway right on the water ”. That sounded exactly what I was looking for. I showed my husband who gave me the green light to go ahead and so in 20 minutes booked the apartment for a week, flight and car hire. I also booked 3 nights in an apartment on an organic vineyard in Tuscany.

After a busy few weeks before and with me almost ending up in hospital with quinsy and 10 days on antibiotics– we finally left for Italy.

Flew Bristol – Pisa and in less than 2 hours the welcome sight of Italian sunshine. Picked up our hire car and set off to find our apartment in Tuscany. Eventually arrived to find no-one in the office and waited 2 hours to get our key. Basic but comfortable accommodation, a swimming pool to myself and two restaurants within walking distance – what is not to like! Loved Tuscany – wild flowers, cypress trees, hilltop towns, great coffee and wine. The restaurant we liked best was the agriturismo restaurant with no menu, no English spoken - just great food like, cured meats, delicious cheese, and pasta with wild boar!

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Day trip driving through beautiful Chianti countryside through hilltop towns to San Gimignano – with its amazing medieval towers - where we ambled through the narrow streets. Ate delicious porchetta sandwich for lunch – carved from huge roasted joint in front of us in the market. Lovely gelati while people watching in the piazza.

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Next day drove to Lucca – a beautiful city of narrow shady streets and sunlit piazza. Hired bikes and rode around the city walls – sat in the amfiteatro eating gelati and watching the world go by including a donkey!

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It was then time to leave Tuscany and head for Tellaro on the Ligurian coast .

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My instructions from the owner were like something from a spy novel - “Ring Anna the housekeeper at least 1 hour before you arrive and meet her outside the Albergo d’Ondine on the piazetta “. We did as instructed and met Anna who took us down the narrow , shady, stepped streets to our apartment. Dark inside and cool but wow! that view straight onto the sea. The apartment is old and feels like a real home rather than a holiday let – lovely old furniture, lots of paintings and well equipped. It was impossible to keep away from the windows. A beautiful light bedroom with windows overlooking the sea and probably the biggest bed in the entire world .

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Tellaro is an absolute gem of a place – unspoilt by tourism although having plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance.

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Snapshot memories of Tellaro: waking to the sound of the sea, breakfast with fresh strawberries and peaches, lunch of bread, cheese, proscuitto and ripe tomatoes, reading lots of books, sitting in the sun, swimming in the sea in the path of the evening sun, eating simple fried anchovies with a chunk of lemon within 50 yards of the sea, shopping in the little deli every day for our fresh fruit, veg bread and cheese, spectacular sunsets every night over the sea; … I could go on and on but to sum up – I loved it and can’t wait to go back. Bella Tellaro!

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