Refrains from Andrea Boticelli’s Sogno album belted out as we made our
way from Rome through Umbria and then Tuscany countryside, on our way
to the only four star campsite in the Chianti hills. The home we sold
to take this journey would fit perfectly anywhere in this lovely
corridor and it some how feels a little like home.
We do want to visit all the great sites in Florence, but we will skip
it this time around and enjoy a little luxury and gorgeous Italian
countryside as cities are not the best for fast travel. We have Venice,
Athens and Istanbul to explore in the near future, so we will savour
Florence in the fall, hopefully when it is a little less crowded and
There seems to be a heat wave going on in Italy, so it is very hot and
that is also coloring our choices. We liked the idea of heading to a
luxury campsite that had a water park and several pools on the grounds.
We left Rome a little earlier than planned due to the heat and crowds,
since we know we will be back soon. With this beautiful sunshine, we
are in a family vacation frame of mind.
We had hoped to meet with an online friend who has been spending the
year nearby in Greve with her husband and eight year old grandson. I
have mentioned her earlier on this site and her lovely blog:
We had both left California around the same time, so shared a lot
during that process and had much in common. It did not work out though
as her son was making his first trip to Europe to visit them and our
schedules did not mesh. She actually passed right by us on their way
home from Rome, but sadly we did not know that until too late.Some how
our phones did not work, so we were stuck with email communications
which makes for time delays on the run. Hopefully we will meet them at
some other point. We at least got an idea of the splendor they have
been enjoying in their year in Tuscany as this campsite is only fifteen
Most of these landscape pictures were just taken as we drove along the
A-1 from Rome. Not all of it was beautiful, but there was more than
enough to make us look forward to exploring the smaller roads and
villages when we return in the fall. It was less than 300 Km from Rome,
but we were ready for the quiet and water play after a half days drive.
The setting for the Norcenni Girasole Club campsite in these Chianti
hills of Tuscany is spectacular. It is a gigantic place, but we were
off by ourselves in a quiet area, yet in close walking distance to all
the action (restaurants, stores, fitness center, wine tasting, pools, kids club, tennis courts etc. etc.).
Ahhhh, yet another place that will be very hard to leave. We could
easily stay here a few weeks, but will have to settle for a few days
this time and we will come back for more in the fall.