Tuscan Room with a View

This is what came immediately to mind when considering a window view. No, it’s not the view from any window at my home. It’s the incredible scene from our room at the villa in Tuscany we rented with a group of friends in spring 2014. We spent many happy hours in that pool, oohing and ahhhing over the gorgeous countryside around us, and then traveling those hills to Siena, Volterra and other ancient towns that left us in equal awe. A vacation of lifetime, to be sure.

I love a room with a view.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

The Party’s Over

Driveway

Our final day at the villa we all decided to stay put.

While most of us chose to laze around the pool, my husband and our marathon-running friend challenged the general feeling and hiked down and up and down and up the driveway and beyond to look at a ruin on another hill which appeared closer than it actually was. While they were gone a thunderstorm could be heard brewing in the distance ~ our first threat of rain the entire week we were there. They were gone about three hours and never reached the ruin. It was just too far away and the storm was a little too hovering.

So Much Food

At the end of the day we were treated to a thrilling repast of assorted Italian foods skillfully prepared by the amazing housekeeper, Marianne. We’d had some trouble with the villa plumbing at the beginning of the week so to compensate for the inconvenience (which wasn’t much because they sent the plumber in to fix it right away) the owners treated us to an array of pre-dinner delights and Italian sparkling wine. In this image our friend Dianne, and her husband, Dave, make the universal gesture of “too much food.” We could all relate to that. 😉

For our final full meal my husband arranged for a complete full course dinner, again prepared by our amazing housekeeper, to thank everyone for allowing us to have the big suite because it had a bath tub. (I do love my baths at the end of the day.) During dinner we shared our wonderful memories of the week. We laughed and laughed and laughed and thoroughly enjoyed all the food laid before us.

Believe it or not, we didn’t have a single scoop of gelato the entire day. Dessert was individual servings of trifle beautifully prepared and presented by Marianne’s 14 year old daughter (whose name, sadly, escapes me.) So good … mmmmm.

Sad

After dinner we all gathered in the kitchen to plot our separate routes to the next day’s destinations. Some were driving to Rome to fly home. Others to Venice. We were heading back to Florence to catch the train that would take us to Venice. Note the sombre faces. None of us wanted to leave.

But the party was, indeed, over, and as we departed to our separate rooms and bid each other a safe journey home (some people had alarms set for 4 a.m.) we all agreed that this had been the best vacation any of us had ever experienced … and that we would miss the pool.

Good Evening

We had a wonderful week at “our” villa in Tuscany.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

A Perfect Day

Tuscan Heaven

On day one at the villa we all stuck around. Sure, there were all kinds of sights we wanted to see, but first we wanted to relax and enjoy the amazing location and its ambiance.

First thing in the morning I went for a walk with a friend (in the interest of getting some exercise, don’t you know 😉 …) down the long, rolling driveway (pictured). It’s the sort of one-lane gravel road you drive once and wonder if you dare do it again. I believe we all collectively held our breath every time we started and ended a day trip, wondering if the cars would make it up and down those acute hills and around the sharp bends. We also prayed we would never have to negotiate it in the rain. (Fortunately we didn’t.)

The lane is longer than it looks, too, and under the heat of even the early morning sun can pose quite a challenging walk. But it was worth it. The views were amazing, and it was fun to inspect the plant life.

For the balance of the day everyone lazed by the amazing pool (pictured yesterday) ~ the guys barbecuing for lunch and the ladies on clean-up duty.

In the evening we dared negotiate the perilous driveway (where we frequently bottomed out!) and headed into tiny Iano for pizza.

Ristorante

Our first full day at the villa could not have been more perfect.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Tuscan Mists

Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

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Tuscan Villa

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I don’t know that I have ever felt more enveloped in a culture than when I’ve been in Italy.

Perhaps that’s why I always want to go back.

To lose myself in its art, history, food, music, beauty is heavenly.

Last summer we rented a beautiful villa in Tuscany (pictured) with five other couples. We all agree it was one of the most, if not the most, amazing vacation any of us had ever experienced.

One morning the hills surrounding the villa were enveloped in mist giving the entire area an otherworldly appearance.

This moment captured as we forced ourselves to leave for a day at Cinque Terre.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015