Italy – August 2019

I’ve been going to Italy every other summer with my husband’s family since 2013, so this was my fourth time. It’s grown to be a tradition but this time it included Georgie.

Like we usually do we flew from Gatwick to Rome as there are only flights once a week from the airport closest to the villa, which is Perugia airport. The last three visits, as we were baby free we always stayed in Rome for a few days before heading to the villa but with Georgie and the heat we thought we’d skip that this time. We did still fly to Rome though. We took an early morning flight from Gatwick to Rome, meaning we were in Rome centre by 11am so we had most of the day there before our train to Chiusi which wasn’t far from our villa. The trains are so cheap in Italy! It was easier than hiring a car and expecting Georgie to be in the car for over two hours, on the train we can move around plus you go through beautiful Italian countryside leaving Rome and heading for Tuscany.

We flew with easyJet and only took hand luggage. You can take a carry-on suitcase each plus a bag for Georgie so we had two small suitcases and a big bag. You can also check up to two large pieces for an infant such as a buggy/pram, carseat, travel cot, Sleepyhead etc. This time we didn’t need to check anything as the villa had a cot, she doesn’t use the Sleepyhead anymore and buggy wise we used our fold up stroller again which folds into a small bag which goes into the overhead lockers on the plane, you don’t have to check it.

This was our fourth holiday abroad with Georgie so we’re very confident flying with her now. You can read about those holidays here, where we took other items due to her younger age. South of France when she was 4 weeks old, Barcelona when she was 8 months and Greece when she was 10 months. The great thing about this holiday was that we didn’t have to bring any formula as Georgie is one now so drinks cows milk. So much easier!

The Aro travel buggy was gifted to me from Mamas & Papas which we also took to Greece. Highly recommend it.

On the early morning flight before we managed to get her to nap. It wasn’t easy as she was overtired as we left the house at 4am for a 6:30am flight.

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Once we’d landed in Rome we took the train from the airport to Termini which is the main station in Rome. We didn’t venture too far from here as this is where we took the train to Tuscany late afternoon. We were all starving so we found a cute little Italian restaurant and ordered all the carbs!

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Later that day we arrived in Tuscany. Our villa was in a small town called Cetona in Siena.

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The villa was absolutely beautiful with incredible views for miles and miles. The house has three bathrooms and four large double bedrooms plus a sofabed on a large landing so it sleeps up to 10 people. The walk into Cetona is 15 minutes. We had two hire cars within our party so getting out and about (in the air-con) was easy!

My mother-in-law always books this holiday, this year she booked through Home Away. Here is a link to the villa. The photos are absolutely terrible and don’t do it justice at all. Trust me, it is much nicer in real life so look at my photos instead!

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Fresh water-melon every day!

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We all took it in turns to cook but most lunches were pasta salads, fresh bread, olives and all the cheese you could think of.

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Here are some exterior photos of the villa. The grounds were absolutely huge, acres and acres. Surrounded by Olive trees and rolling hills.

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There was also a hot tub, a large BBQ area and two pianos! The caretaker came every morning to clean the pool.

Most evenings before dinner we headed into the local town, Cetona, for a drink at the bar on the square. A lot of Aperol Spritz and Rose was consumed!

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We spent a day in the beautiful medieval hilltop town, Montepulciano with incredible views.

Highly recommend Caffe Poliziano.

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We had a lovely lunch and enjoyed some wine tasting at Chiacchiera.

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Followed by ice-cream, more ice-cream!

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The good thing about going away with family is that you have multiple baby sitters 24/7 so we enjoyed a couple of date nights.

Italian food is so good, we had lots of meals out as well as cooking in the villa. Georgie loved the food too. Pasta, bread and tomatoes, she was in heaven. She also loves olives!

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More fun was had in the pool by all. I also got round to reading Mrs Hinch’s book! I think she’s great!

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Then before we knew it the week was over and it was time to head back to Rome. We took the same train back but this time stayed overnight giving us a day and a half in Rome before flying back home. Our hotel was a ten minute walk from The Vatican so we spent most of our time around there. This was our fourth trip to Rome so we’ve seen most of it and with Georgie and the heat we didn’t want to see it all again. So the Vatican City was a good base.

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I highly recommend Spaghetti restaurant just outside of The Vatican. It doesn’t look like much, it’s not fancy or anything but my goodness was the food good! Huge portions! If we went again we’d have to share.

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Our last meal in Italy.

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Home time.

We had an amazing nine days in Rome and Tuscany. Will the tradition keep up for summer 2021…

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Thanks for reading.

Claire

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