I have recently returned from such a wonderful visit to Tuscany. Staying at this beautiful property in the Tuscan Hills amid olive orchards was a special experience. Driving up to the house hoping to catch sight of a pheasant, and then arriving to the Terrace House with its beautiful vines and potted citrus was a dream come true.
This rental consists of two lovely homes, fully appointed with modern conveniences yet oozing with charm of a Tuscan Lifestyle. The pool looked so inviting but i will have to come back in the summer to giive it a try! That being said, my 10 day visit was during perfect fall weather, warm days and cool nights. The terrace is a perect spot for an al fresco meal or cocktails while overlooking the city. However, not t be missed are the many local restaura
A special thank you to the owners who were more than happy to offers suggestions and advice on things to do, places to eat and shop. The housekeeper, Paola, has a winning nts . The owners can recommend many possibilities but i especially enjoyed Antica locanda di Sesto, Guzzanello and the local pizza establishment in the little village behind the house.
Another favorite experience was the hike up the hills behind the house to the Croce di Brancoli. A huge cross rising above the area that can be seen from miles around. It takes about 2 hours round trip from Leonida and offers outstanding panoramic views of the area.
Another treat not to be missed is a trip to the old city of Lucca. This is a walled city and a stroll along the wall is a tradition among locals and visitors alike. The cafes and shopping inside are varied and and jsut window shopping is a feast for the eyes. I bought a beautiful hand made leather purse and a pair of boots. The prices were reasonable and i couldnt have been more excited.
I am looking forward to my next visit here and hoping to bring family. the two houses together have 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and each has a beautiful kitchen,. There is much more exploring to do and possibly lend a hand in the local olive harvest, yum!