Arriving in Italy

Some of my Australian family have come over to Europe and are staying in Italy for a month. We decided to meet up with them for a week in Tuscany. It was a huge family gathering of 15!

Some of the British contingency:

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and some of the Ozzies:

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We stayed in an old farmhouse on the Il Salicone estate, close to Pistoia.

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The estate produces wine and olive oil and we were surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.

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The grounds were lined with these huge barrels – aren’t they fabulous?!

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The area was so peaceful and tranquil – it was bliss.  This was our lovely driveway:

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And our garden:

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The view from the lounge:

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and the view from the kitchen:

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To our delight, our house was pre-stocked with a crate of wine produced on the farm. We spent many a night catching up over a bottle or two. Needless to say, the crate was empty when we left!

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The surrounding views were just amazing. In the distance, we could see the snow capped mountains.

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I think I could happily live here.

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