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6 Jul 2016

The Italy Diaries - Days 1 & 2

I can't believe it has taken me a week since returning to start writing my Italy diaries. Annoyingly, I have just had one of those weeks. Just a forewarning; this post is quite picture heavy.


I can't stress how excited I was to be finally going on holiday, it has definitely been a long time coming. Everything was pretty much last minute as always, although we got to the airport in plenty of time for me to buy everything on my duty free lust list, peruse WHSmith for a new holiday read and enjoy an Americano at one of the many coffee shops in Liverpool airport.

Unfortunately our flight didn't go as smoothly, and we were delayed for an hour as there were air traffic control strikes in France AND Italy. I suppose it could have been a lot worse.

First stop after picking up our luggage, and getting our rental car was locating the nearest Sephora, which just so happened to be in the centre of Pisa. Priorities, right? I must have spent a good half an hour in there, and spent just shy of £100 but it was all worth it! Don't worry, I am currently writing a haul blog post which should be up sometime this week, or next.

It was then on to Livorno, a seaside town which was only about 20 minutes down the road. We had decided that we would stay in a place relatively local before making the bigger journey to where we would be spending the rest of the holiday.

We stayed in a place called Grand Hotel Palazzo, and what a hotel. There were slippers! Of course they didn't fit my bloomin' penguin flippers, they never do, but overall it was beautiful. We decided to have dinner in the hotel that night, and although it was only mediocre, the view really made up for it. You could see for miles across the Tyrrhenian Sea, and it was especially pretty as the sun was setting.

We then took a walk along the boardwalk where there was a funfair and a live band. It was a pretty magical first night.

Our 2nd day was another travel day. We were driving south so we started out early after a rather tasty croissant, or 3, and our next stop wasn't until we drove through this tiny village called Paganico. We  spotted this completely unassuming ice cream parlour, and it didn't disappoint. It was the perfect start to our Italian ice-cream experience, and the Biscoff flavour was absolutely dreamy.

We then did our annual convenience store shop, you know, the usual! Pain di Stelle (my favourite biscuits by far), chocolate, pringles, some fruit, and lots of water before finally arriving at our destination; Dimora Santa Margherita in Cinigiano.

We were greeted by the lovely William who showed us our room, made us a lunch of amazing Italian meats and booked us in for dinner. By this point the sun was really cracking the flags, so we took to the pool for the rest of the afternoon for some reading and snoozing.



At dinner we met Elisabetta. I promise, you will never meet anyone as lovely as William, Elisabetta, and their little family (Including 2 labradors and 2 cats). We were made to feel right at home, and ate dinner on the veranda whilst watching the sun set. We had homemade fresh pasta, wild boar and an egg dessert (an Italian specialty), which I was a little bit sceptical of at first, but it was actually really delicious. It was my first time eating boar too, and it was amazing.

I think this is a good time to mention that there is, and will be, a distinct lack of food pictures in these blogs because basically as soon as a plate was put in front of me, I literally couldn't wait to eat it..

I don't know what it is but words and pictures just don't do Dimora Santa Margherita justice. It is pretty much nestled among the rolling hills of southern Tuscany, you can see for miles and miles, and without a nearby town, it is pretty much in the middle of no where, and everywhere?

Anyway, suffice it to say we were so stuffed with beautiful food, and amazing wine that we slept VERY well that night.

Stay tuned for the next couple of days coming soon.

Love, Jo.



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