Lucca to Montescudaio

This morning we bid our farewells to Rob’s Dad and Step Mum and a lot of their guests that had started to arrive for the grown up/non family part of their trip and headed to our next villa where we’ll be until next Sunday. It was so hard to choose somewhere to go to next – Tuscany is a pretty big area with endless villas to rent and almost impossible to choose one area or villa. The one we stumbled across was very family friendly with kids toys, a pool and lots of areas to explore but it’s well and truly off the beaten track in the middle of nowhere.  After a hectic first part of the trip that’s exactly what we were after: down time, family time.

On our way we stopped off at Pisa to see that leaning tower. I was totally impressed. It REALLY leans. Who knew? Well, everyone I guess, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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The cathedral next door was gorgeous too – we stopped in and happened across Sunday mass.


And then joined in the hundreds of people standing around looking ridiculous. Tick!


We then arrived at the villa – near a little town called Montescudaio which we will explore tomorrow. We got to the supermarket just outside of town for supplies and then packed down for the afternoon and evening. Tonight it’s a home cooked dinner and an early night after a long swim, everyone is ready for some quiet slow time in the country.


And endless amounts of figs from the enormous tree by the pool.

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And play! Toys to play with!

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And terrazzos to dance on.

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Yes, we’re going to be very happy here indeed.


  1. Oh… So inspirational…And I’m proud to say I am acquiring passports for both my children after 7 appointments at the post office!

  2. Just lovely – enjoy the down time in a new space! Xx

  3. Would love to know the names of the accommodation you are staying in. You’ve inspired us to try and save for a family trip in 3 to 4 years!

  4. Such a wonderful adventure you guys are on, such a special time for you all xx

  5. perfetto! … grazie beth!
    i’ll never forget that avenue of plane trees from Livorno to pisa! … just gorgeous!
    I know that area! we stayed on elba for a week!
    went from piombino by ferry!
    enjoy the kick back and soak it all in! … love m:)X

  6. Jealousy increasing daily 🙂
    (On a side note, I just nearly choked on my breakkie – I used to own 2 of those glasses with the green stems. Small world.)

    • We have a dozen of those glasses!! Apparently they are a north Germany specialty as we got them as a wedding present from our (yes, you guessed it- German) friends! So funny to see them in Italy with you Beth!!

  7. I have no words. It’s just so damn beautiful. Glad to hear The leaning tower ot visa lived up to expectations!

  8. I am loving your photos Beth. You holiday looks amazing – I’m in awe.

  9. That’ll do Bev. That’ll do. Perfection!

  10. Oh dear God, it’s beautiful. I want to be there right now!

  11. whoa! The stone work on that building is beautiful.
    Looks gorgeous, enjoy!

  12. Hi Beth! Thanks so much for sharing, looks amazing. How are you finding the cost of food in Italy? (Compared to home that is)
    Also are you AirBnB the whole time? Enjoy your down time with your fam 🙂
    Liz XO

    • The further away from the tourist spots the better and cheaper. Anything in the supermarket is very reasonable and cheaper than home! Spirits are super cheap – about $13 or so for almost a litre. Fresh food is also very cheap but restaurants etc about the same I guess.

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