I often notice how people tend to forget that France is not limited to Paris. You know how much I enjoy discovering all the beauty my own country has to offer, from Burgundy, to the Alps or the incredible fairy tales lands of the South West. Recently, I also wrote a whole article about traveling off the beaten path… It was time to put my words into action and see another side of a Italy.
A few months ago, I was invited to spend a week of co-working in Filatiera, Italy. “Filatiera? Where is that?” I’m sure you will ask. Well, would it be easier for you to place if I talked about Tuscany? “Oh yeah Tuscany: the Pise tower, museums in Florence and the Palio in Sienna…” Nope, nope and nope. Instead, an insider view on some incredible and heart-melting small villages and local traditions.
The other side of Tuscany
When I sent the first of many pictures from that trip to my mother (who is totally in love with Tuscany), she replied “well, that doesn’t look like Tuscany at all.” My mom, you know… Well, she might be right, it doesn’t look like the Tuscany you’re used to see (it’s the northern side of it), but it is still darn beautiful.
As usual with the co-working trips, we plough through work until late afternoon and then we head out to check out our surroundings.
And what surroundings those were. The villages of Pontremoli and Villafranca in Lunigiana (with the 9 pizzas-meal including a Nutella one) were definitely picturesque, the harbor of Portovenere, where we had dinner one night, was a nice teaser for the Cinque Terre expedition that was still to come, and the views from the towers of Lucca were a perfect hit for my inner photographer.
Not to mention the road-trip heading there and the ohs… and ahs… coming out of every tunnel… And the first pit-stop in Suza, to start the week off right with some gelato.
I don’t know about you, but somehow Italy always puts a smile on my face. And no, that’s not because I’m high on sugar and carbs… that’s even BEFORE being high on sugar and carbs!
Chances are my 2018 road map will include another trip to Italy, chances are this country and its many wonders will make my road map every single year while I have the luck to live so close from its delights (and no, I’m not only talking about gelato!) Any suggestions for off-the-beaten-path regions I should put on my list?