Since first visiting Italy I am continually amazed by how beautiful it is. Tuscany with its mix of sunshine, greenery, and medieval towns makes for a perfect holiday.
Most recently we flew to Pisa, hired a car and drove down to Voltera. The drive was peaceful and scenic taking about an hour. We were going to stay at an Agriturismo which are farms with rooms. We had selected this one because it was near to a town (so meals out rather than cooking) and had a swimming pool (got to have somewhere to sunbathe and cool down after a day of site seeing) and wasn’t too big. Podere Il Poggino, looked okay on the site, however we were amazed when we arrived. It is about a mile along a dusty track, climbing up the hill until you come to an electric gate – they buzz you in and greet you at the most wonderful hilltop location ever. All around us were rolling fields of green and standing there was a smiling Isabella to show us around.
We stayed in the Cypresse apartment (there are three in total) it has a large airy white bedroom simple with a lovely en suite bathroom. There is also a tiny little kitchen which reminded me of being on a boat and a sitting room which we never used as we were sat outside all the time.
The creme de la creme was the swimming pool , clean large with great quality sun loungers and umbrellas. We were the only people staying there so we got the pool to ourselves, though it was more than big enough to share. The views from the pool were breathtaking. What made this even more fab was the price we paid 60 euros a night for two (£50) and stayed for four nights (wish we had stayed longer). Podere il Poggino is a farm but they make wine, olive oil and honey all available to buy.