Mini-moon part 2
Are you looking to book a holiday that is a little less touristy for 2017? Perhaps a last minute October break is on the cards. Whatever your plans, I hope to inspire you to make a decision that is a little less ordinary for your next break away.
Last year we stayed in an Air BnB, by Lake Garda. Off the beaten track, up a mountain and in the middle of nowhere; it was a real hidden gem. Its tranquility provided such relaxation, and our hosts home and cuisine made our stay truly authentic. In fact we loved it so much we decide to look for somewhere similar for our mini-moon.
Le Stipe di Sopora, our Tuscan sanctuary
We discovered Le Stipe di Sopora, whilst browsing online and instantly fell in love with her stunning photos- this was the place for us. (Silvia told us at the time of writing, that she could be booked via Air B n B, booking.com and others).
Sylvia, our host was warm and friendly and quick to respond, which made us feel instantly at ease. She even cooked us a delicious Tuscan meal of home-made pasta, basil and tomato bruschetta and local home-made lager (hic!) on our arrival evening.
Le Stipe is only 4 km from Pietrasanta, a pretty market town in northern Italy in the Province of Tuscany. What made Sylvia’s cosy home stand out against all the other hotels and B&Bs we could have stayed in, was its quirky, personal touches and rustic charm.
Sylvia’s home is a classically furnished 19th-century Tuscan building. The beautiful farmhouse-style kitchen had a large fireplace and original marble skink which was decorated with beautiful coloured mis-matched tiles. You can see Sylvia has restored her home with love, she has kept the original features including the timber ceiling and terracotta brickwork. Colourful artworks line the stairwell providing moments of wonder as you make your way up the stairs. *Starts making plans to transform the flat into a Tusacan farmhouse.*
As you enter the bedroom you are instantly hit with how bright, clean and airy it is. Broderie Analgise cushions, gilded antiques, Moroccan inspired flooring and hanging wall art come together to make a dreamy sanctuary for some much-needed rest. When you open the chestnut brown shuttered windows, you get incredible view over the village, the hills and beyond. You don’t get these views in Leeds that’s for sure.
One of our favourite things to do was relax and waste some serious time in the ancient courtyard, in the hammock reading a book. There are few things more perfect in life than lounging in a hammock with a book don’t you think?
Here’s a few of the town’s highlights
Pietrasanta Marina: One of the best beaches in Italy
The golden sands against a mountain back drop was insanely beautiful and so were the people. Quite possibly the most stunning beach we have been to in Italy.
Pietrasanta vintage market: On first Sunday of the month
As any vintage mama knows there’s always time for a spot of bargain hunting. I got my haggle game on and snapped up this gorgeous blue vintage dress for 5 Euros! I seriously considered leaving all my luggage and bringing a Moroccan rug home instead. And If I have had space I would have tried to smuggle Sylvia in there too!
Le Stipe di Sopora was the perfect Tuscan hideaway. I would highly recommend this or any other similar BnB, if you want to get a true taste of your Italy.