For the last four days we’ve been enjoying a quieter pace on an olive farm in Tuscany. I didn’t realize how much I needed a bit of a break from city hopping until we went to leave this morning and all I wanted to do is cling to an olive tree and declare “I’m staying.”

Really, it was so lovely. We had rented our little Fiat with the intention of day tripping to the various nearby hill towns each day, but after our first day we found that all we wanted to do was relax at our farm.

We woke up with the sunrise beaming through the huge windows, enjoyed questionable tasting espresso made by my favorite barista, and hung laundry out to dry with the company of the bees and the farm dog. We walked to town to get groceries from the local market, had an Italian salami panino for lunch and gelato for dessert, walked back home and then sat in the olive field drinking Chianti until sunset. We made a simple dinner with the fresh market findings and then we’d go to sleep with the windows open to the relaxing sounds of the crickets outside. The last four nights are the best four nights of sleep we’ve had the entire trip.

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I cannot wait to go back.

If you ever find your way to Tuscany I absolutely recommend staying at an agriturismo, which is basically a farm stay. There are agriturismos that are mostly B&B’s that grow a few things (the priority being visitors) and then there are agriturismos that are working farms with a room or two available (priority being the farm and the visitors). We were lucky to stay in the latter and were the only visitors staying on the farm. Our hosts were a lovely family who took great pride in their farm and went out of their way to make us feel at home.

It was well needed break, even if we didn’t know we needed it when we arrived. We are now recharged and ready for our week in Rome, where we will need all the energy we can muster. We have tickets to tour the Vatican (including St. Peter’s and the Sistine Chapel), an all-day tour of the Coliseum and ancient Roman ruins, and about 100 other things on our must-see list. Wish us luck!

Love from Italy,
Cathleen & Christopher


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