Updated: Feb 3, 2019
I know we have said it all before, but we mean it for real this time - we think we have found our favourite place. And that place is Italy.
After an overnight ferry from Split to Ancona, a 3 hour wait at the train station, a 4 hour train and a 40 minute sweaty walk, we arrived in beautiful Florence.
Many people had raved to us about Florence and how much everyone falls in love with it...but then we had heard that about many cities (Just like you have heard that from us about many cities already!). But after wandering the streets for an hour, we knew that we too would love it.
There is a certain vibe in the city. It is cool, it is busy but not too busy, it is big but not too big, it is touristy but not too touristy. You get my drift. We spent an evening wandering from Piazza to Piazza before feasting upon some Aperitivo - one of our greatest travelling discoveries yet.
The deal is that between the hours of 7pm - 10pm you buy a cocktail (for between 7 - 10 euro) and you can help yourself to the all you can eat buffet set up on the tables inside. You think there must be a catch but there is not - the cocktail is a proper, fruit decorated, potent concoction and the buffet reminds you of the tapas bars you find in Spain.
Platters of squid, baguettes topped with meats, salads and fresh fruit salads. And the best thing is that you can help yourself as many times as you want. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. It should come as no surprise that we did this for dinner on both nights in Florence whilst only buying one cocktail each, of course.
One of the things we love the most about Florence is the ability to just wander and wander and wander. Most things of interest are free and the architecture is stunning and will keep you entertained all day. We spent a full day walking through the town and finished off by watching the sunset over the city from the Piazzale Michelangelo.
After 2 nights, we then set off deeper into Tuscany to Siena. Siena is similar to Florence but on a much smaller scale - amazing architecture, great food and nooks and crannies to explore. Unfortunately we only had half a day to explore before I was struck down by the stomach bug from hell. Cue several hours spent in the bathroom, foetal position, sweats, tears, nausea, inability to eat anything except bread with honey and basically a feeble Lucy. Luckily Nurse Tom has nearly nursed me back to health. What we did see of Siena was lovely but I dare say that a day or two would probably have been a enough.
We are now bedding down in our beautiful Tuscan farm, which we will call home for the next 2 weeks. It is absolutely stunning here. To get an idea, check out the link here. The McCracken family are lovely and we are looking forward to getting to know them better over the coming weeks, along with delving into some delicious Tuscan food and wine whilst working our little socks off.
No photos at the moment to share because of no wifi (except for the photo below stolen off the farms website). Will send some soon we promise.