Despite high hopes of being culture vultures, taking in Florence, Sienna and the Cinque Terre, we mostly stayed at Peralta. It was so utterly relaxing, beautiful and with such wonderful birdsong. It wasn't just the breathtaking views; you could also feast your eyes on Fiore's de Henrique's busts - of President John F Kennedy and August John, amongst other very august subjects. But we weren't just eye-feasting. We walked energetically up steep hills and down scary ravines, through stunning scenery to rustic restaurants where the pasta was to die for. Generally, we spent hours laughing, swimming and joining lively debates and discussions, thanks largely to the presence of a Cambridge educated historian, an ex-diplomat to the EU and some very interesting rather entrepreneurial others. And yes, we did venture to the exotic seaside resort Marina di Pietrasanta and took in the delights of Lucca for a most of a day, on the way back to the airport.
We will be returning from May 16 - 19th 2019 (provisional dates), so contact David Bradley if you'd like to join.