PERALTA:
A TUSCAN LAZY LONG WEEKEND

Date: 16th - 19th May 2019

You’ll love the simple but exquisite local cuisine, served in various restaurants accessible via hillside walks and stunning scenery..
You can also feast your eyes on the extraordinary sculptures of the late Fiore de Henriquez, who restored Peralta as an artists' refuge in the 1970s.

Now it’s a refuge for Revelling artists of a slightly different kind…

Lucca, the coastal delights of Porto Venere and the Cinque Terre are nearby. And of course, you can retreat up to the swimming pool, where you can relax in the late spring sun, with your book. On a clear day you can see all the way to the sea.

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Long Tuscan Lunches, Stunning Walks and the Charm of Exquisite Sculpture... 

Following the success of last year's trip, Revellers will be returning to Peralta again for a long weekend from 16th to 19th May (Thursday – Sunday). Do come and join us!

You'll enjoy three days of lazy long lunches and walks along mountain paths to fabulous, yet inexpensive restaurants. Since we are in Tuscany after all, you can also enjoy some culture. 

When you arrive, you really just want to soak up the atmosphere, enjoying the tranquility and birdsong of the Tuscan hills. Lying back on your sun-lounger, your book and a glass of rose close to hand, you wonder what day it is and think what fun to it would be to visit say, Cinque Terre or Pietrasanta (the world's sculpture capital, with great shops and a fabulous piazza for aperitivos). But then you realise you're flying back tomorrow. Some of us from last year think that a long weekend wasn’t really enough...

So Dinah’s agreed to extend the stay for those who wish, details of which are in the booking page, via the link below.

Getting to Peralta is simple: it's a 45-minute drive from Pisa airport. You can fly to Pisa via the usual low cost airlines from various London airports. 

You can hire a car easily at the airport or share one. You must make sure it’s a small, narrow Fiat (500 or panda). Will explain later! 

(Revellers' Club will co-ordinate via Whats App and email so you can fly out with others, share cars and so on.)

Prices for 3 nights are from £253 to £500, including management fee, based on room and whether sharing or single occupancy. Revellers’ Club will be providing you both complimentary breakfast and, for those at Peralta around 1pm , a simple, Tuscan lunch.

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About Peralta...

Peralta is very relaxed. It’s a charming small Tuscan hillside hamlet with stunning views, built by Castruccio Castracani, ruler of Lucca from 1316 – 28, for his successful warriors, who’d conquered Florence (so some say).

By 1967 it was a ruin. But the successful sculptor Fiore de Henriquez, staying nearby, discovered it and restored it into a charming, quiet artist refuge.

Fiore died a few years ago now. But my Aunt, Dinah Voisin, a good friend of Fiore, inherited Peralta and turned it into a refuge for not just artists and writers, but fun people wanting the chance to soak up the charms, culture and culinary delights of Tuscany.

Suggested Plan

Day 1, Thursday 16th May. Arrive in the afternoon. Dinner at Peralta.

Day 2, Friday 17th May. Relax by the pool, with its views. Those that want to can explore the hills nearby or venture further afield to Carrara, Pietrasanta or Lucca. Lunch will be provided for all those spending the day at Peralta. Just before Sundown, we walk for half an hour down the hill to Cera Una Volta in Pieve for their simple, local and fine tasting pizza and other dishes. 

Day 3, Saturday 18th May. Visits to a local market to discover wonderful and unique things. (Great bargains for clothes, girls..) Or if you in the mood, there are some lovely walks around the hills surrounding Peralta - and lunch will be provided if you are back in time.  That evening we’ll walk to Torcigliano, to Restaurante Il Matterello. The walk is an adventure, but not arduous, via footpaths through olive groves and along hillside footpaths, with stunning scenery all the way. This is one of the best local restaurants yet not expensive. Dinner is very reasonable at 30 euros max. We return by taxi. 

Day 4, Sunday 19th May. We all visit Lucca or Pisa with those going to the airport. After lunch, we say our goodbyes.

Days 5 – 7. If you are here, take advantage of the fascinating places to see that you  missed earlier through lack of time. Dinah will give you very reasonable rates. Contact David if you are interested.

Things to do locally...

Here’s Dinah’s description of the local delights:

CARRARA in northern Tuscany, is famous for the white marble quarried there since Roman times (all Michelangelo’s sculptures were made with white statuary marble from quarries in the Carrara mountains).

There’s a marble quarry inside a mountain to visit, a jeep ride up the mountain to view the quarries. It is an extraordinary and unique part of Tuscany. After the quarries, it is good to visit the old town of Carrara, still unspoilt and remaining how it has been for years. No shopping malls here! An excellent fish restaurant for lunch, frequented by locals.

LUCCA is a beautifully protected walled medieval town just 40 minutes from Peralta. The famous walls date back to 16th century and one of the fun things to do is rent bikes and cycle around the walls, dipping down into the town from time to time. Lucca is a jewel and has not been spoilt in any way - well worth a visit.

PORTO VENERE is a fishing village at the very end of the peninsular of the famous Cinque Terre villages. There’s a lovely little church perched on a rock at the end of Porto Venere, guarding the entrance to the Bay and where people would pray for the safe return of their fishermen. All very attractive . Just below are the rocks where Lord Byron would swim every day. It is easy to visit Porto Venere (one and half hours from Peralta) and then take a very swish Riva wooden motorboat across to the island of Palmaria and a good restaurant ‘Locanda Lorena’, which looks out onto Porto Venere. The location is stunning, and you can eat for a reasonable price depending what you choose on the menu. Delicious local white wine, slightly fizzy.

PIETRASANTA is a charming town with a beautiful main square right in the middle of the four pedestrian streets that run the length of the town. It was originally the home of many marble carving studios, but which have now all been moved out of the town due to noise and dust. There are many bronze casting foundries nearby and Pietrasanta is often called the ‘sculpture capital of the world’. The foundries are famous for their casting techniques and sculptors come from all over the globe to have their work cast here. The town itself has many public sculptures, a disused church and its cloisters showing exhibitions and also galleries. There are also lots of shops with clothes, shoes and etc. An aperitivo in the main square is a ‘must’ and there are lots of restaurants. My favourite to take people is ‘Lo Studio’, but it's not the only option.

CAMAIORE is a very unspoilt market town with a pedestrian main street and a market every Friday. Very few tourists. It is possible to walk down from Peralta, about 45 minutes and then take a taxi back - or someone who doesn’t want to walk takes a car!!

TORCIGLIANO is a little village in the hills at the end of a road. Other than the houses, there is a church and then everyone’s favourite restaurant, Il Matterello. Excellent typical Tuscan food owned by a family (she does the cooking and he takes care of the tables). A lovely one hour walk from Peralta around the contours of the hills. The walk home makes one feel less guilty about the large amount of food consumed. Or it is possible to return in a taxi.

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