That everything will pass we already know. Social isolation brought by the coronavirus has its days counted. It is just a matter of time, reflection, patience, faith, recovery … The good news is that Europe, which has suffered so much from the pandemic, is beginning to show signs of hope. The borders of European countries will be opened gradually from mid-June and those destinations that touch our hearts will speak louder. Tuscany, in Italy, is one of them. Medieval villages, green hills, vineyards as far as the eye can see and a gastronomy that asks to be tasted without haste.
I have a very special affection for Italy because I have many friends in the country. Returning to Tuscany always makes my heart happy. Florence and all its Renaissance art. The tradition of the Palio Festival in Siena. Montepulciano’s architectural legacy. The stone alleys of San Gimignano. The famous Montalcino wines. The walls of the nice city of Lucca (my son’s name). Nearby is the Tower of Pisa. The beautiful Arezzo and the neighboring Cortona that served as the setting for the film Under the Tuscan Sun. How can you not fall in love and want to go back?
To explore Tuscany it is worth choosing a special corner to call your own, rent a car and get lost in and out of the villages. The Laticastelli hotel, in the municipality of Rapolano Terme, is preparing to reopen its doors in early July. It is half an hour from Siena, in the heart of Tuscany. It is one of those places to immerse yourself in local traditions and live good experiences. Total care will be taken with the new hygiene and disinfection protocols. Initially, the number of available accommodations will be reduced. Check in and check out will be done online. Breakfast will be served directly from the room. The restaurant will operate with a reduced number of reservations and more space between tables. Life begins to show signs of tranquility.
May the world recover soon from this very difficult phase.
I wish you all a week full of light and hope.
XoXo and see you next Tuesday.