Roman and Tuscan holiday

Fortunately our house move did not clash with our holiday.

We flew to Rome and stayed there for two nights.

We got an early flight, so were able to visit the Vatican city on the Saturday. 

Queues for the Sistine Chapel, glad we booked ahead
Chapel gardens
Need to work on my painting technique








View from roof of St Peters Basilica

On the Sunday we visited the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Although we had booked tickets in advance we still had to queue for the Roman Forum.

Roman Forum


We returned to the airport at Rome by coach to pick up a hire car. The next stage of our holiday was a stay at the friendly Agriturismo Poggio Pistolese in Montaione.

Agriturismo booking information

The owners were really friendly and helpful but it would have been useful to have been able to speak Italian. I would certainly recommend the Agriturismo concept. We were staying on a working farm where they made their own wines and olive oil. We were able to book homemade Italian meals in the evening. There were also excellent restaurants in the scenic village of Montaione.

In hindsight it was quite a long drive from Rome, but the countryside was beautiful. Italian roads and motorways are a bit crazy, Richard had to have his wits about him. They have strange convoluted motorway junctions where you needed to really accelerate when you joined the motorway. Not easy with our chosen little hire car but very Italian. 

Our mode of transport, great fun when you are 6ft 2!

Slide show of days out in Tuscany. If we returned to this region we would love to visit more of the less well known villages.



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Tuscan Food

The food in Tuscany is an obviously a highlight of a visit to this lovely region. Of course we enjoyed excellent pasta dishes but also great fish and meat. We experienced biscotti served with Vin Santo at the agriturismo and have had to make them at home. The gelato is fabulous, much nicer than ice cream. It is denser and made with more milk so is also lower in fat. The flavours are more intense and the number available is incredible. 
Information about gelato



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