Recent

Morning Fog

Finally we got to see some fog in the morning, covering the Tuscan hills.  We did not get up at the crack of dawn to see the sunrise because – we ate and drunk far too much last night.  Still, though, this was a great view, right here from Sant’Anna. SaveSave

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

Pizza Class

There are a few things that are easier to make than pizza.  Apparently, things which appear simple are quite complex if you break them down.  Long story short – I have been doing every aspect of the pizza making, right down to holding the dough all wrong, absolutely every single part, all wrong.  This was […]

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

Tuscan Splendour

On the way back to Sant’Anna in Camprena from Montalcino we stopped a few times to take in the magnificent vistas and enjoy the serenity of this spectacular landscape. This truly is a wonderful place and the pictures simply don’t do its justice.

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

Montalcino for Lunch

There appears to be about a thousand wine shops in this village.  There are places where you can sample over 100 wines in a single wine store.  It’s bonkers!  However, our search is for some food, because it has been at least 3 hours since our last meal, and to find another gelato place, because […]

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

Paggio Dell’Aquila

Promptly after breakfast today we drove out to a small family run winery nestled just below the quaint town of Montalcino.  This place produces only 18,000 bottles of wine one Rosso and one Brunello, (read no cheap and pricey)  The local oenologist, Maria, who is Spanish, gave us a great tour and a great wine […]

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

Florence in a Day

I think this is our 3rd or 4th time in Florence and finally we know the place enough to  not get lost 4 times trying to walk 100m in a straight line.  Once again we visited the Uffizi and the Academia for the first time.  The cathedral is still there and just as magnificent as […]

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

San Gimignano and Gelato

San Gimignano is synonymous with the very finest of gelato, some great artisan shops and phenomenal galleries.  There is no shortage of the run of the mill tourists traps like the Museum of Torture and other junk stores but for a refined gelato junkie this place is a paradise.  True to form, we parked the […]

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

Sunrise Hunting

The idea was great, the plan brilliant, the execution none of the above.  We did not find the right hill to see the sunrise, I guess you have to be in the know to be in the right spot at the right time.  We will do better next however as we have acquired a map […]

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

Back to Siena

We are back to Siena.  Unlike our last time here, this time it is all about sitting around and taking in the sights.  We did go and visit a couple of places, but mostly we just ate, sat around and admired the views – including the Piazza del Campo and Siena Cathedral.  

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

Tuscany – The Scenic Route

We are taking it easy today – in the plans is the short trip to Sienna. Instead of the regular Autostrada we are taking the SR2 which is essentially a local secondary road that winds through the Tuscan country side.  Slow and enjoyable, lazy morning drive, it’s perfection.

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

Sunset in Pienza

About 10 min drive from Sant’ Anna is Pienza.  A small town that came to prosperity and prominence under one of the Popes.  But we did not came here for religion, we came to experience something much more spectacular, something much greater than god – a stunning Tuscan sunset.  We also scoped out some places we would […]

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

The Magnificent Sant’ Anna in Camprena

We are back.  We love being back and it is easy to see why Sant’ Anna in Camprena is the best kept secret in Tuscany.  Quiet and quaint, with amazing hosts, Stefano and Ornella and breathtaking views of the countryside. The food is amazing and the atmosphere second to none. We just love this palace […]

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

Orvieto

Today we are travelling to Sant’ Anna in Camprena. We stayed here last year in the spring and loved it so much we thought we would come back and bring some friends with us to enjoy.  However, because the drive from Rome to Camprena is not long we are taking some detours.  First on the […]

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

Last Night in Rome

Today is our last day in Rome, tomorrow are going to pack up and head for the Tuscan Hills.  Having said that though, there are still a lot of places to explore.  This morning we started with Eataly and a lot of food sampling and a huge lunch – naturally.  Then we wondered around through […]

2 Comments Read More
Recent

Rome – Walking in My Shoes

Getting around Rome and seeing the sights is not for the faint of heart or bad shoes.  Our agenda for today was pack, but it started slowly with a breakfast at the local coffee shop. 6 cappuccinos and an espresso later we set out to conquer Rome. Colosseum, Victor Emmanuel II Monument, Palatine Hill, Borghese […]

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

Eternal City – One More Time

We are back in Rome. This is the start of our 12 day mini holiday.  We will be here until Sunday and then head out to Sant’ Anna in Camprena.  This trip was a long time coming and this time we are joined by Susan and later on by Chris and Tamara in Tuscany.  The […]

Leave a comment Read More
Recent

Kenyan Safari

This is the kind of trip it was – over 30,000 km both on the plane and in the car.  I think we would do it again in a heartbeat, maybe even throw in a balloon flight for a good measure as well!  

Leave a comment Read More