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Old 06-30-2013, 09:53 AM   #1
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Vino, Gelato, Pizza and Pasta in Tuscany

Having been bullied by a certain person to do a trip report I hadn't thought about I decided it was a good idea and thought it might help me to finalise my planning if I started a PTR for this trip.

In June 2012 I was working away from home (home is in Paris) in Brisbane three weeks at a time. We were in the final stages of planning our July 2012 trip to WDW and I booked a July 2013 trip to Tuscany 2 weeks in a Villa with a pool.

When we went to WDW in July things took a bit of a curve ball when we bought into DVC as we got 2012 and 2013 points which needed to be used. Also we got an email from the company we rented the villa through that the particular villa we wanted was not available as the owners had decided to take it off the market for renovations.

We decided to use the DVC points late August 2013 but still go to Tuscany in July 2013 but to cut it down to a week. The company offered us a choice of 4 other Villas and we choose one just outside Arezzo, just off the main motorway which connects Pisa and Rome. We have the villa from the 13th to the 20th of July.

Plan A was to drive and take the dog and cat with us. However, DH Graeme got more and more worried about the cat who likes the outdoors getting lost and the dog being affected by the heat so we decided he would drive them over to the kennels we use in Maidstone and we would fly and hire a car.

So the plan for the moment starts on the 12th of July. Graeme and the kids will drive to Maidstone and drop the dog and cat off at the kennels. This sounds mad but it is only really a three hour drive and the kennels here are very sterile and unfriendly and 3x the price that it is worth it. The dog and cat are very well known at the Maidstone kennels. Once the animals are dropped off they will pick up some bits and bobs from the supermarket and drive home.

Saturday the 13th of July we have a late afternoon flight from Paris Orly to Pisa where we pick up a Vauxhall Zafira and drive to the villa. We probably won't get there until 9pm so we will only arrive, unpack and sleep.

Sunday will be a quiet day, we will have our own pool so we will probably spend a good bit of the day there, hopefully venturing to the nearby village for lunch which will hopefully involve an outdoor table, some wine and pasta and lot of people watching.

The plan for the week is a day in Siena, a day in Florence, a day in Pisa and a day in Rome as well as a lot of pavement cafes. pizzza, pasta, Gelato and wine.

We fly back home on Saturday the 20th and on the Monday Graeme will go get the animals while I go back to work for three weeks.

My WDW holiday is planned down to the nth detail this holiday will be more about going with the flow.
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This sounds great. Glad you are doing a report. Someday, we may get to Tuscany, so I'm looking forward to hearing all about your Villa experience.
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Hey, what do you mean bullied you? I only made a suggestion...

This sounds like a great holiday and I can't wait to hear all about it, especially as selfishly this will help me plan for summer 2014 when we head to that neck of the woods after our Med cruise!
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This sounds like a great holiday and I can't wait to hear all about it, especially as selfishly this will help me plan for summer 2014 when we head to that neck of the woods after our Med cruise!
I never mentioned any names
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This sounds just wonderful! Italy is one of my favorite destinations, especially Tuscany and Lombardy, and I think it would be wonderful to stay in a villa and just explore at your leisure, with no plans to fit in all the sights.
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You may have not mentioned any names, but I knew exactly who was being referenced. This trip sounds wonderful with pizza, pasta, and Roman sights.
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Sounds like such a wonderful trip! I can't wait to read more!
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You may have not mentioned any names, but I knew exactly who was being referenced. This trip sounds wonderful with pizza, pasta, and Roman sights.
Me too but she did out herself, and hopefully she knows i was joking

Hope my waistline copes with the culinary treats
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Me too but she did out herself, and hopefully she knows i was joking
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Whoa... now hang on... I understood there were no calories on vacation? That is right, isn't it?
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Whoa... now hang on... I understood there were no calories on vacation? That is right, isn't it?
Oh my I do hope so! That would truly be my dream holiday/
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You may have not mentioned any names, but I knew exactly who was being referenced. This trip sounds wonderful with pizza, pasta, and Roman sights.


I was thrilled to see Cheryl's question about you doing a TR, in hers, and more so when I saw you obviously took her up on the idea! Can't wait to hear all about it. After a week in Italy last summer, this is one of my dream trips - a villa in Tuscany!
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Well I managed to stop myself from making a major mistake last week. I booked our flights a couple of months ago and I looked at all the local airports to get the best price. I considered Florence, Pisa, Rome and Milan before booking Pisa. Then I left it until last week to book the car hire. By this time I had it in my head we were flying to Florence and booked car hire there as well told the owner we would be arriving from a Florence flight which landed at 6pm. I only caught my mistake when I got an email from Easyjet telling me to check in. Guess I shouldn't try and plan two trips so close together.
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