Hotel Villa Ottone, Isola D’Elba, Italy

A quick review of a wonderful hotel we stayed in recently. Being lucky enough to live in Central Italy now, travelling around this beautiful country is so much more accessible for us. Whether it’s planes, trains or automobiles, or ferries, there are so many options to choose how to get around. It was a Wednesday…

Rivalto, Tuscany

I wanted to do a review of a few of our latest discoveries in Tuscany, however as I sit here on the hotel terrace in the winter sun, with my foot strapped up, lonely but well oiled, I can only review half the places I wanted to. The good news is my Italian is improving…

Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy

In view of the 5 day quarantine restrictions in Italy being lifted for UK travellers from 31st August, I thought I’d quickly mention this little town I visited today for anyone looking for an adventure under the Tuscan sun! Home to Bocaccio, buried in a small church nearby, it’s a great little place for an…

Masseria Cervarolo,Ostuni,Puglia

This was the last night of our trip and we had booked a special place for it. Masseria Cervarolo, just 6km away from the center of Ostuni, was a place for rest and relaxation. After a week driving through Puglia, (click here for more blogs on Puglia) wandering on foot for hours every day exploring…

Lecce for lovers – well not quite!

Sold as the Florence of Puglia, I was very much looking forward to an eclectic mix of things to do here. We had booked a Hilton Garden Inn. We needed to save some money after our meal in the Grotto in Polignano a Mare – read here for that adventure – so we used our…

A Whirlwind Week In Puglia

It’s quite a regular occurrence for us to do a quick recce of an area for a week and try to fit in as much as we can. That way, if and when we want to return, we know exactly where to head for so we don’t waste any time. Puglia is somewhere we’ve wanted…

Polignano a Mare, Puglia

We waited a long time for this trip, originally organised for 2019, for one reason and also COVID, we finally got there in September 2021. We wanted, as we often do, to do a quick tour of the region, in order to familiarise ourselves with the area, so that when we return, which we most…

Truffle Hunting in Tuscany

I’ve been coming and going to and from Tuscany for a few years now, since we found our cute little bolt hole in a 16th century village on top of a hill. We’ve tested a few ‘experiences’, from cooking pasta and pizza classes to wine tasting and today we experienced something a bit different. Truffle…