Relax Hotel Aquaviva
Travel Blogs from Casole d Elsa
... construction new home in Texas. Since it started raining again, we decided to drive back to the villa for leftover chicken and salad and a nap at the villa. Tonight the cook is preparing bruschetta, lasagne and tiramasu at the villa. Tomorrow who knows? Depends on the weather!
The plan is to take photographs of anything we like to incorporate into our Tuscan style home. So far I have pics of chimney caps and the interior shutters for the master ...
... the beautifully executed "Rape of the Sabines" by Giambologna. We also saw unfinished work by Michelangelo - beautiful, restless figures fighting to be free from the stone block.
Nitya was very touched by Michelangelo's perspective of his role - he envisioned himself not as a creator, but as a reveal-er! As someone who humbly used his chisel to free the beauty God already ...
... olive oil. Our guide continued to explain about the olive oil manufacturing process before taking us back to a hall for taste testing. We were presented with a plate full of local cuisine consisting of olive paste on bread, tomato bruschetta, bread with olive oil and some salami and cheese. It was delicious and my first real tolerance for olives! We sipped on two types of chianti from their winery. They were lovely, plum and cherry undertones. The first one was a lighter ...
... is. We had dinner across the Arno River and kind of by the Ponte Vecchio at Dante's. We'd heard about Dante's from some friends who had just studied abroad in Florence and there was free wine for students! It can't get much better than free wine!
On Saturday we woke up really, really early because there was so much we wanted to do! The first stop was the Piazza della Signoria. This piazza was the focal point of the Florentine Republic. The ...
... notes of travels and all wondered what it was like at home with the latest round of earthquakes, and what we are heading back to, and it was great seeing familiar faces again and having a long sensible conversation in English!
After a long lunch and a rough white wine, (not what any of us envisaged I'm sure but still the company made up for it), it was time for a wander along ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center