In Transit: to Tuscany

I am really excited! Yet again another travel season is upon us and I have some lovely trips planned for this upcoming period (well, mostly summer). As I have a few days off to go, my ‘first port of call’ (post-Easter) will be Tuscany. I had already been to this lovely region in Italy on a driving holiday around 2009 and back then I had visited around 20 towns/cities, including Florence, Montepulciano and Montalcino, as well as other picturesque towns such as Siena, Arezzo and Monteriggione. This time, however, my trip will be a tour of the coastal parts of Tuscany, such as Monte Argentario, Poderi di Capoduomo and Cinque Terre (Liguria). A day trip to Elba is also planned (weather permitting). I will be flying out to Pisa, where a client of mine shall kindly pick me up. It seems that some good ice cream and a visit to a special clothes boutique are first up on my arrival -can’t complain with such a warm welcome! However, the main aim of this trip will be to help my client improve her speaking skills at work and for this reason we will visit 3 wineries where she has her labs. I will also hopefully get to enjoy visiting some attractions known to her. I daresay that another important aspect will be the food, and I’m surely looking forward to tasting some authentic Italian meals (which is better when left in the hands of a local). I shall be staying in Hotel Giardino in Follonica, which is very close to the sea (in fact the hotel boasts a lido close by). I’m not sure whether I’ll write a post-trip blog – will have to see how all these plans pan out. Fingers crossed all goes well as I really need a break from work, study and other commitments at this point in time. What I will try to do is keep you posted through Instagram so if interested in this part of Italy and my trip, follow me on stefxerri.

Here are some of the attractions I plan to visit (and of which I hope to take a few photos):

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Images:

Pic 1: Monte Argentario; Pic 2: Giardino dei Tarocchi – Capalbio; Pic 3: Vernazza Cinque Terre, Liguria; Pic 4: Manarola Cinque Terre, Liguria; Pic 5: Hotel Giardino (lido) Follonica; Pic 6: packing for the trip (including printed tops, coloured blazers, leopard scarf & heels, Levis jeans & Converse) ๐Ÿ™‚

p.s. If you need advice on how to pack without overpacking, just leave a comment. Here I have packed 6 tops, 2 skirts, 3 blazers, 1 pair of Converse, 2 pairs of heels, 2 scarves, 2 pairs of jeans, 2 shirts, toiletries and makeup, 2 handbags, and some jewellery, for 5 days/4nights, definitely enough for 9+ outfits. All this weighs in at 9 kilos (so that’s 6 ‘free’ kilos to pack if I do some shopping).

 

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