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 Post subject: Tuscany holiday
PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:11 am 
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A great place to go, away from the tourists, and yet close to the towns of Pienza, Montepulciano, Montacino and Orvieto. And of course fabulous if you want to ride across the unspoilt landscapes of Southern Tuscany, and visit the great hot spas in San Casciagno down the road:

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 Post subject: Re: Tuscany holiday
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Who cares if the Italians have had 50 governments since..... (insert a date between 1945 and 1985), they know how to live. Think they're lovely friendly people. :-bd

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 Post subject: Re: Tuscany holiday
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Yes, but I just could not live there I think.

We first went to that lovely South-Eastern Tuscany spot about 8 years ago. My mil had just left a little bit of money, not much as most had gone to pay for her care-home fees, even though she had Alzheimers. We loved the spot so much, that we bought a week's timeshare- the apartment seen to the right of the arch at 0.16. The owner is a dedicated horse owner and rider, and they have a great manège and do course and trecks (only for experienced riders) across the lovely countryside. Fabulous food and wines too- their own organic production. We couldn't go last year due to OH's heart problems, so this September we will be going for 2 weeks, taking with us friends from Kent who regularly visit our part of the Jura.

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I worked for 4 years in this area and loved it. :-bd
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A lovely area too - but when I was a child, very very poor, with many immigrants coming to live in our part of Western Switzerland in the 50s - first the men and then followed by families. Which is when I acquired much of the Italian I know now. The Tuscans are the Genevans or Parisians of Italy - always feel a bit 'superior' to the North and South.

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The Lega Nord is quite vocal on that point.. They see that the highly industrialised and prosperous north is being held back by the more agricultural and traditional south.. and they'd like to separate.
Once I had an Italian boss - Carlo - from Frascati, just outside Rome. One day Carlo and Vito (a Sicilian) and I were talking and Carlo said openly, "Africa starts south of Rome - that's so isn't it Vito?"
Vito agreed! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Tuscany holiday
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Tuscany though does not belong to either North nor South - and they truly see themselves as a 'nation' all of their own, and superior to the rest of Italy (a very recent entity actually).

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