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bobthenavigator May 25th, 2011 06:54 AM

Bob is back with images to prove it.
It was only 12 days in Italia---our 17th trip---but it proved to be most succesful.
The weather was perfect, the food was exceptional, and the company was fun.

Here is an overview photo gallery---using the " slideshow "option is best.
A trip report will follow but let me recover first---I am waking at 0400.

ekc May 25th, 2011 06:59 AM

Welcome back BTN! Looks like a wonderful trip!

spaarne May 25th, 2011 07:09 AM

Nice photos.

Sher May 25th, 2011 07:19 AM

Hi Bob. Waiting to hear how you liked La Porta near Monticchiello. We are staying near there in August and it is definitely on my list.
Great to see the pictures.

uflecku May 25th, 2011 08:21 AM

Sher, I'm sure Bob will chime in but I can confirm for you that La Porta is fantastic. The food is exceptional and the views from the patio are unparalleled. Even the inside, if you choose/need to sit there, is really charming. You will not be disappointed.

hazel1 May 25th, 2011 08:31 AM

Bob, what great pictures and right up my alley - I'm planning a trip next year to Liguria and am looking for a rental place in Lerici, while your Tuscany pictures and Monticchiello in particular brought back wonderful memories when we stayed in that lovely hamlet a few years ago. Looking forward to your trip report!

bobthenavigator May 25th, 2011 08:37 AM

Yes, no question is is a place to not miss. It is popular so I would call Daria before you go--they have a website.

In my trip report I will be featuring 3 good places to eat in south Tuscany that are all in tiny medieval hill towns. I made it a point this trip and was very pleased. The other 2 are in Castelmuzio and San Angelo in Colle. See my pics.

Sher May 25th, 2011 08:53 AM

uflecku and Bob. Thanks. How far in advance do you think we need to reserve? There will be eight of us.
Also, since it is so close to the villa and we intend to have lunch before we arrive at the house do you think we can just drop in for lunch. Otherwise I will reserve that also.

norrisken May 25th, 2011 09:00 AM

very nice, thanks

bobthenavigator May 25th, 2011 09:21 AM

We only did lunch and it was full on the terrace by 12:30. With 8 I would reserve a week in advance---we had 6 for lunch.

Waldo May 25th, 2011 09:33 AM

Great photos! Where did you get that soccer shirt (jacket)? I sure would like to get one for a gift for my brother in law.

julia1 May 25th, 2011 09:58 AM

Very nice photos, Bob! Welcome back. Looking forward to your trip report.

scatcat May 25th, 2011 10:03 AM

Love the beautiful photos!

sap May 25th, 2011 10:13 AM

Just loverly. Thanks, Bob!

Sher May 25th, 2011 11:50 AM

Thanks Bob. For lunch there will only be two of us but dinner is a different matter.

maitaitom May 25th, 2011 12:09 PM

In the "Colors Of Lerici" photo, is that the Cone of Silence? Good stuff, Bob.


annhig May 25th, 2011 01:23 PM

bob - when were you in Porte Ercole? i was in Orbetello from 8-15th May! we had supper in Porte Ercole one night and it looked lovely, but I didn't have a chance to go back.

BEfore I'd planned this trip I'd never heard of the area around Grossetto; now I've fallen in love with it and can't wait to go back.

izzofan May 25th, 2011 02:15 PM

great photos! can't wait for the TR!
how did you like the apt in Montepulciano: the Politian, right?
we are staying there in October... can't wait!

bobthenavigator May 25th, 2011 03:39 PM

We stayed in Orbetelo the nite of the 12th--had dinner in Porto Ercole. Just a one niter after landing at FCO.

Yes, we liked the Politian, but we had both apartments. Sharing them with strangers could be a small challenge. Giacomo is very nice and helpful. Be sure to get very detailed drivng directions.

taconictraveler May 25th, 2011 04:23 PM

Bob: Always love to see photos from you. You like the same places I do. anxious now for your report, so get some rest and then inform and amuse us! Thanks

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