Monday, 12 September 2011

It's your eyes that make me smile.


Posting my Florence photos last week made me SO wistful for my holiday - if I could go back to Italy tomorrow, I would! But possibly worse are the photos from the rest of my trip. After Florence, and after Jo's wedding, we spent the rest of our Italian holiday in Greve, Chianti - set in the Tuscan hills at Le Cetinelle. I've already posted some photos of this place, but it was so gorgeous, I just have to share more...

Cutest three-legged kitty ever.

Le Cetinelle is situated in a vineyard, at the top of a steep, rocky hill. It’s surrounded by breathtaking views and so peaceful – we could have been the only people there. It’s a B&B with only 6 rooms - and my friends and I were in half of them - so we basically had our run of the place.

I can’t recommend it enough. You need to drive to get there – luckily Russ volunteered – but it’s beautiful. The landlady is super friendly too, and outside of breakfast time, the kitchen facilities were all ours. So, aside from one EPIC lunch in the local town (I had a souffle and a risotto to DIE for) we ate most of our meals there. They were the best. We bought loads of cheese and ham and part baked baguettes, and made tomato and mozzarella salad, and just all dug into this huge smorgasbord of the best food you’ve ever tasted, accompanied by lots of (incredibly cheap) red wine.



I loved it as a holiday location to spend with friends, but it would also be amazing for a romantic break or even a honeymoon. We had the pool to ourselves (so the girls and I sunbathed while passing around a bottle of fizz) and I could run around and take photos to my heart’s content, without feeling self conscious. It was actually so nice to be away from it all - we spent the evenings chatting, drinking and playing cards, rather than watching TV and playing on our smartphones. So nice, in fact, that when I found out there was free wi-fi, I felt quite reluctant to activate it... I did, though (I admit it - I missed Twitter!).

If you’re thinking about a quiet break – or even somewhere to spend a couple of days at the end of a busy break – GO. (It's really not expensive, either!)



More photos can be found on my Facebook page!
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17 comments

  1. Looks like you had a lovely time!
    Gorgeous photos and the food looks yummy!
    xo

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  2. It sounds like an absolutely heavenly place. All the pictures are so breathtaking (such a cute kitty) and the food looks so scrumptious. I can't get the link to La Cetinelle to work but I will try again, I would love to go somewhere similar for my honeymoon when my fiance and I get married but I doubt we would afford it - worth looking into at least.

    Thanks so much for sharing pictures and I am glad you had such a good time.

    ♥Honeysuckelle

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  3. Jees Louise Sarah, I don't think I could hate England any more than I do right now - bring me Italyyy! It looks so beautiful, and heavily revolving around fresh air and food - heaven. x

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  4. Wow, that looks like the perfect Italian paradise, thank you for sharing your stunning photos. The food pics made my mouth water, Italy sounds like my kind of place :P
    PS How cute is that cat? Adorable!
    xx

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  5. Great photos, that room looks beautiful and the food & drink pics look delicious! x

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  6. I used to live in Florence for almost a year and looking at these beautiful photos just makes me want to go back so badly! the food looks so yummy :) xxx

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  7. Stunning photos :) It looks bliss xo

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  8. It looks like heaven, oh the food!

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  9. It looks like you had tons of fun


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  10. Honeysuckelle - not sure why the link wasn't working, it works when I google it, not when I type it direct! I've attached a different link. :) It's really reasonably priced, I promise.

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  11. You slept in that bed?! Now I'm envious inside out! :D

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  12. Another set of fantastic photos, the place and the food looks divine! x

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  13. Beautiful photos it looks stunning.

    X x

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  14. This just looks so beautiful. And I'm sorry, but the food looks even better. YUM!
    xx

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  15. Just gorgeous, I would love to visit Italy one day. If the travel is as cheap as you say then I really don't have an excuse!

    Three-legged cat is so adorable. My friend had a dog with three legs, and she named him Fraction. Because he's a fraction of a dog. Oh the humour of scientists!

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  16. Please stop it! I want to go back to Italy now, this place is breathtaking!

    Maria xxx

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  17. Gorgeous photos, looks like such a relaxing holiday destination!

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