“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” -Giuseppe Verdi
When my family and I moved to Europe 3 1/2 years ago, one of our first travel goals was to explore Italy. Everything we had ever seen or read about Italy made it the destination that topped our travel wish list. We were seeking the famous Tuscan sun, the wines, the antiquities, the olives, the people and the food and the musical sound of the language. And now, even after ten trips into the country, we love Italy even more than we thought possible.
Friends often ask how we find the places where we’ve stayed in Italy. The answer is often simple. It’s the best kept secret to traveling and staying in and through Tuscany or the Veneto region near Venice: TrustandTravel.com.
Before our first trip into Italy, I spent weeks searching places and articles and travel sites and social travel sites before I discovered Trust and Travel. If you go to their page, you’ll see what I mean. The presentation is beautiful, and the estates they represent are even more gorgeous than the images.
We’ve stayed as a family in several of their estates, both in Tuscany and in the Veneto. Each has been unique, historic, and overflowing with rustic Italian ambiance. After years of traveling and staying in various B&Bs and hotels throughout Europe, I give Trust and Travel my highest recommendation.
My favorite Italian Hideaways
In Italy’s Maremma along the quiet Mediterranean coast, we stay in a tiny bungalow nestled into the Mediterranean dunes in the southernmost stretch of Tuscany.
It is neither fancy nor complex. Olive groves, sheep pastures, hill towns, and vineyards dot the inland hills, and toward the west, the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea stretch endlessly toward Corsica.
For me, it’s an enchanted paradise that begs for bare feet and a glass of local wine, for evenings kissed with brilliant sunsets and days of rest, unplugged from the outside world. My family and I love it so much, we’ve returned four years in a row. It’s been a tremendous blessing to us all.
Other favorite Italian hideaway spots:
Dolomites, Italy — near Alto Adige
Florence and Siena
Venice and the Veneto
Cinque Terre — Monterosso al Mare
Now it’s your turn … just don’t forget to bring your camera.
Next week, I’m celebrating my blogging 4 year anniversary! That’s 1 post per week (sometimes more) for the past 4 years = over 240 posts. I can hardly believe it.
To celebrate, I’ll be giving away a couple of items with my photography on them, notecards and prints of my work. After several recent inquiries from sweet people around the world wanting to purchase my photography, I’m at last listing select photography for sale at Red Bubble and iStockphoto, soon to be linked from my website as well. For a sneak preview, you can see my work at Red Bubble here and at iStockphoto here.
Do you have a certain image from my work that you’d like to see available? I’d love to hear about your favorite of my photos! Please leave a comment below or on my Facebook page. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you back here next week!