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Eating out in Volterra

Tuscany is packed full of beautiful cities, towns and villages. Every time we visit, we discover somewhere new and each has its own quirks, delicacies and style. I so enjoy driving through the Tuscan hills and stumbling across a new place. But one place that we discovered on our very first visit to Tuscany and one place that we visit on every single trip, is the hill-top town of Volterra.

Volterra, although popular with visitors and tourists, has managed to retain its Tuscan charm and is very much a lived-in town (quite different to its rival and neighbour San Gimignano) and still feels authentic. Its narrow alleyways are packed full of quaint little shops, cafes and restaurants.

Eating out in Volterra is an absolute joy and this trip saw us eat out twice, once for lunch and once for dinner. Continue reading

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Lunch in Viareggio

This summer saw my second trip to the coastal town of Viareggio in Italy. It’s a strange place, but in summer, it’s a wonderful place to spend the day in one of the many beach clubs.

Next door to the richer, more popular Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio seems a little stuck in the past. Stuck in its hey-dey of the first half of the 20th century, but in a good way. The wide, almost American roads and promenades, go for miles, along the sea front. A walk-way runs the length of the town and takes you strolling past the different beach clubs, some with pools and bars, but all with loungers and cabanas on the beach.Continue reading

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Wine tasting in Tuscany – Fattoria Fibbiano

You can’t go far in Tuscany without seeing a winery, vineyard or agriturismo (wonderful working vineyards where you can stay) and Terricciola had some of the finest wine producers you can come across.

We’ve discovered many wine producers of varying sizes over the years but of course are always keen to discover more. This trip we went along to the Fattoria Fibbiano, where the wonderful Dalila and Giuseppe were happy to greet us and show us round their site. We had a wonderful personalised tour of where their wine is produced, how it’s made and the different processes involved and it all culminated with 45 minutes of wine tasting. Yup, 45 minutes to sample some of the best wines Tuscany has to offer. Lucky us!Continue reading

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