I blogged recently, reviewing my amazing trip to Hawaii a couple of months ago. This week, I was fortunate enough to escape to a renown region in central Italy that has inspired poets, politicians and philosophers: Tuscany.
The client in question has known me for around a year, and is fully acquainted with Italy and its surroundings. However, this trip involved meandering through the enchanting cities of Florence and Sienna, as well as wine tasting and relic hunting.
My world is defined by alarm clocks and coursework, hence the invite to a destination which promised serenity, relaxation and private time with a gorgeous client was not about to be turned down!
I was driven to the stunning Castello di Casole, a boutique hotel and former castle that dates back to 998. The modern luxury of the hotel boasts the finest fabrics, most stylish furniture, impeccable service and breathtaking views of the rolling hills of Tuscany. Three days later, we left further south to get a higher dose of the old Tuscan charm at the Villa Bordoni. The villa itself offers some of the most authentic and sumptuous Italian dishes that I have ever tasted. The views were framed by romantic grapevines that hung from the pagodas and arches, shrouding the pathways and outdoor dining areas from the sun.
Other than being spoilt by the endless gelato’s and fine Italian cashmere garments, I was immersed in the rich culture that Tuscany has to offer; surprised to find out how important the city was for economic, political and cultural evolution during the Renaissance era. Here, art, education and fulfilling a higher purpose was pivotal to Tuscanese society. Although most of the West has changed dramatically over the past six-hundred years, Tuscany’s values have not budged and I happily spent all week slowly re-discovering them.
In Tuscany, beautiful architecture, splendid art, delicious food and wine blend in beautifully with the stunning scenery. Although I was sad to go, London is always home!