Tuscan Treasure Hunt

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  1. Robert Clark

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    We made our first trip to Italy a couple of years ago, having been inspired by the enthusiasm that Eddie @Judge Mental has for the country.

    Today we begin our third trip to Italy, this time to Tuscany, whilst taking in a little of Liguria and Umbria too - we're going in search of 3 Italian Treasures

    The stunning scenery and the beautiful villages
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    The finest food and wine in the world (its cheap too!)
    We shall be raising a glass or two to toast @Anthea M 's mum, and wish her good health!
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    Ice Cream! - need I say more?
    There was an Ice Cream drought on our recent trip to Portugal and I've got a taste for a decent dollop of the stuff!
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    We're crossing the channel this afternoon and should arrive in Italy on Monday, having crossed the border via the Mont Blanc tunnel.

    The plan is to discover new places, little towns that we haven't been to before. We've only got 3 weeks maximum, and must be back in the UK on 1st May.

    We will be looking for Aires rather than camp sites, and any suggestions would be gratefully received!

    Hopefully Eddie @Judge Mental and some of our other Italian addicts can come give us some ideas.

    Regards
    Robert and Lis
     
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    Thank you for the toast! Very kind! Photos look great and your not even there yet!!! Have a lovely time and safe travels!!:sun:
     
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    Really looking forward to all your reports foody and otherwise! (y)
     
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    Hya - if you want to enjoy some really fantastic food can recommend that you visit Monteriggioni near Sienna. It's a small, walled village on top of a hill with fantastic views over the Tuscan countryside. There are a few restaurants inside and can recommend some of the wild boar dishes. There is parking available for motorhomes overnight, cost was €5 a night but no services except toilets just outside the walls. Co-ords are 43.387952 11.224890. will have a think about other places
    cheers

    Clyde
     
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  5. Robert Clark

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    Hi Clyde
    Thanks for the suggestion
    We visited Monteregioni on our last visit and had a great time
    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/threads/romen-around-italy.116905/page-4#post-1577176

    Would appreciate any other suggestions please
     
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    Hya Robert - don't know if you're going as far as Lago Bolsena but if you do, at Montefiascone there's a great wine co-operative that sell local wines at really good prices and also make their own award winning Grappa, must be good as we saw French vans piling it in !!!. Has it's own Aire on the premises with all services including free electric.
    co-ords are 42.534085 12.041871.
    cheers

    Clyde
     
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    Italian ice cream.... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Hi Clyde
    Now that's an interesting suggestion!
    We had thought about Bolsena and are considering stoping at
    Area Guadetto (sitecode: 5310) for a couple of days - will add your suggested site to our list of potentials stopovers, even if only to try the wine !
    Any other ideas?

    Our first port of call is likely to be Levanto, we missed staying there on our last trip and thought it might make a good base for a couple of days. @peterc10 has recently been there and was suitably impressed.

    Edit. I think I found the place you mention on Campercontact
    http://www.campercontact.com/en/ita...me-parking-area-cooperativa-vinicola-est.aspx
     
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    Just looked at you previous Italian blog! Wonderful photos!!
     
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    Hya Robert - me again ! Don't know if you're going back to San Gimignano but if you do I was given this info by some Italian motorhomers. Free overnight parking about 15 mins walk to the town, we stayed there for one night, the local police drove past and didn't give us a second look and it was very quiet and peaceful.
    co-ords are 43.461764 11.03383
    cheers

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    Looking forward to another virtual trip away :)

    safe travels (y)
     
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    Have a great trip, we'll be following some of your route (Liguria) during May so don't drink all the wine! :)
     
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    Enjoy our favourite country, hope to be there later in the year.
    We love leaving the van on a site and touring the Tuscan hills on our motorbike found some amazing places that way.
     
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    Just checked it out on Google Maps and that looks like a great little spot - very much appreciated thank you !
    When we last went to SanGimgnano we stayed at a winery overlooking the Tuscan countryside, the views were spectacular, BUT the noise from the wine cooling machine kept us awake all night!
     
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    Yes, but which flavour ?
     
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    Chocolate Cookies for me Snickers Bar for Jan
     
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    OMG that shot of Italian ice cream nigh on had me licking the screen.;)
    Delighted that I have the future postings to look forward to and drool over.:)
    Have a great trip.(y)
    In the not too distant future I am going to get an Italian and Spanish large scale map and plot your various "good" stops so we can do the countries in style once retirement gives us as much time as we want.:rolleyes:
     
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    Just realised that there is a 4th Italian Treasure - especially for @Tea Bag

    Sophia Loren - in her heyday maybe the most beautiful woman in the world?

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    Ah, yes the traditional Italian flavours! A new world to us, never been much of an ice cream eater but I think we need to do some research when we visit in a couple of months time. :)
     
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    Are you an Ice Cream snob????

    I was going to choose Pig flavour
    Or maybe Crocodile .....

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