Last year, I travelled with friends to Italy, staying for a week in a rather posh villa just outside of Greve in Chianti.
I was enamoured of the neighbourhood, so I thought it would be a perfect spot in which to book a week of solo villa time.
Sidebar: I honestly don’t know how people travelled before the Internet – I must have taken a deep and thorough look at over a dozen spots over the winter – video and photo tours, extensive reviews – before landing on Casa Allinuzza, a tiny 2 bedroom villa/cottage, high in the hills, situated on a working vineyard.
My ‘must have’ list was short. Modern plumbing. Washing machine. Views.
This is my neighbourhood.
This is my nighttime terrace view.
It’s a working vineyard, as you can see. In fact, they make and sell three different brands of vino as well as olive oil.
There are good things and bad things about renting a ‘Vottage’ on your own.
Good things: I read 5 books on my iPad. I did my laundry. I was completely relaxed and it was nice to have a home base. I loved having uninterrupted hours on the terrace, looking out over the Tuscan hills.
Bad things: I have an overactive imagination. I heard noises that I elevated into much more. I’m sure I heard a wild boar in the vineyard, being either a) decapitated or b) having the time of its life. Perhaps I should not have been reading murder mysteries on my iPad.
(One note – Waterloo Public Library’s OverDrive service is absolutely fantastic for accessing ebooks. Get a library card, folks!)
Another good thing – when you are travelling for an extended period of time, it’s important to take a day off once in awhile. It was nice to be in a place that made that easy, instead of a hotel room.
It was a great week – a lovely home base – but I must admit, I’m craving a bit of company after that experience. Good thing I have visitors coming next week!
We shall Carry On … to Florence, Perugia, and to Rome!