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Romantic evening in Florence

I’ve been waiting a while to write this post. During the month of my 30th birthday, I got to celebrate a lot, to see my 30s in, in style. These celebrations started in Italy and the hubby and I shared a very romantic evening in Florence, where I was totally and utterly spoiled rotten.

It was our first full night away from the little lady, so it had even bigger meaning for us…we’d get to sleep! Woohoo! Who says romance is dead?

So we booked the most amazing air bnb right on the river, with views of the Ponte Vecchio (separate post on that coming soon!). In fact, the Ponte Vecchio was within touching distance. It really had the wow-factor and we were gutted to only be there one night, as we could’ve easily sat on our balcony and watched the world go by with a bottle of Prosecco, all night.Continue reading

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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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