Last week, my husband, younger son and I took a short break in a small town called Gallicano, in Tuscany. Our main reason for going was because my current WIP is set in that area, and I wanted to get the ‘feel’ of the place. As we only live a 4-hour drive away, it seemed the perfect opportunity for a holiday!
Even though I’ve been living in Italy for 27 years, I’ve never been to Tuscany before and I was interested to see if it is as beautiful as they say it is. The answer is yes. I love the mountains anyway, and these are incredible.
We stayed in a small residence, just 3 individual apartments with an outside area to relax in. The best thing was waking up early in the morning and seeing the mist-covered mountains, partially in sunlight and partially in shadow. It was truly magical.
On our first afternoon there, we decided to go for a gentle stroll around Gallicano. The gentle stroll turned into a strenuous walk up the steep streets, but the view when we got to the top was worth it! There we found a church, La Chiesa di San Jacopo, built back in the 11th century, an imposing building with an overgrown graveyard. We even found a Weeping Angel hidden in the long grass! Needless to say, the church and graveyard will be featuring in a future book!
We finally made our way to a lovely restaurant called Eliseo, run by an Italian and his English wife. Great food, great wine, and a friendly atmosphere – perfect after all that walking. And an ice-cold glass of cream of limoncello on the house to finish off a tiring but exhilarating day.
Next: La Grotta del Vento – The Wind Cave.