Thinking of Tuscany never fails to make me smile. It conjures unforgettable memories of gorgeous scenery, divine food and wines, deeply passionate people and historic grandeur. Whether I’m wandering the streets of ancient towns like Siena, tasting local delicacies at a trattoria, experiencing colourful festivals, standing on a hilltop and taking in the beautiful scenery, or simply sitting at a terrace and watching the world go by, Tuscany always amazes and inspires. When I was invited by Simon from Avventurosa to participate in a blog trip to Tuscany and experience this province like a local, well, I didn’t have to think twice! πŸ™‚

“Like a Local Between Pisa and Lucca”

The theme of the blog trip is “Like a Local Between Pisa and Lucca”. My jaw dropped (quite literally) when I first saw the itinerary! Avventurosa did an amazing job in creating an itinerary that captures the true local essence of Tuscany. A hike in the Tuscan hills; cooking classes; olive oil, cheese and cookie tasting; as well as visits to the Piaggio Museum (famous for its collection of Vespa motorcycles), historic monasteries and villas, and a gelateria that’s widely-recognised as being the inventor of modern ice-cream are just some of the highlights of this trip.

Looking forward to the food! πŸ™‚

I’ll be in the company of Simon, Abigail, Isabelle and Nellie (that means one thing: FUN!!) and we’ll be staying at Casa Gentili, an historic 15th century villa in the countryside near Pisa. It promises to be an awesome trip and a fabulous opportunity to discover a different side of Tuscany. You won’t see pictures of us ‘holding up’ the Leaning Tower of Pisa (ok, maybe you will… πŸ˜‰ just for a laugh). Instead, you’ll probably see us trudging across the Tuscan hills, cooking up a storm in a Tuscan kitchen and downing lots of ice-cream and vino. πŸ™‚

A big thank you goes to Avventurosa for organising this trip and Casa Gentili for sponsoring our stay. Grazie mille to our other sponsors Museo Piaggio, Villa Corliano, Eco Land and Gelateria De Coltelli.

We’ll be tweeting about our experiences and posting lots of photos and tips during our four days in Tuscany. Join us on twitter by following the hashtag #TuscanyTrip (see box below) or subscribing to the Tuscany Trip Daily online newspaper (you will receive the newspaper covering our daily highlights via email).

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15 Responses

  • I really enjoyed that area, too, Keith. We loved Pisa, and really enjoyed a bus ride to the beach at Tirrenia. Didn’t make it to Lucca, but maybe next time!

  • Tuscany looks and sounds wonderful. I hope you enjoy the trip and make sure to post the details of the stay.

  • Watching #TuscanyTrip is like watching Star Trek, where the “away team” never comprised unknown juniors officers & ratings. It was always the top guys – Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, etc.

    What an ‘away team’! Have fun, guys πŸ™‚

  • Tuscany.. foodie-topia! Awww, what won’t I see you β€˜holding up’ the Leaning Tower of Pisa?? why? why? ROFMLAO πŸ˜›

  • Glad you like the Daily paper idea. πŸ™‚ Thought I’d try something different. See you, Marco and the gang tomorrow! Yay! πŸ™‚

  • What a lovely post, Keith. And the idea for the Daily Tuscany Trip is simply gorgeous!

    Huge thanks for the compliments! Hope you’ll be as enthusiastic at the end of the trip πŸ˜‰
    I’m really glad you like the program and to be fair a big part of the merit is of Marco @casagentili, who obviously knows very well the area and came up with awesome ideas.
    Preparing and planning the Tuscany Blog Trip was an wonderful experience and a great team work.
    I hope that you’ll enjoy discovering a different face of Tuscany and have fun spending a few days as a local.

  • So jealous about your blogger trip! Have fun! (I’m sure you will).

  • Sounds like a wonderful itinerary! I’ll be watching jealously from my desk as you eat and drink your way around Tuscany πŸ™‚

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