Sunshine in Tuscany

Sunshine in Tuscany


We started out Italian holiday on the Tuscan Coast at Hotel Il Pellicano. The chic, barefoot elegance of this old-school hotel was the perfect place to unwind. 


One aperol spritz after a dip in the crystal clear sea was all it took to feel a million miles away from everyday life.

Hotel Il Pellicano has been a long time favorite of many photographers in clouding Slim Aarons and it’s no wonder Conde Naste Travel called it “An Italian coastal classic, yet fresh as a popsicle, Il Pellicano continues to convince with a well-judged mix of retro glamour, glorious seafront location, and choreographed service.”

The day begins with “The Pelican Post” which always includes important information such as an inspirational quote and interesting facts about the surrounding area. We enjoyed a day boat excursion to Giglio Island for swimming, snorkeling, and lunch.

Insider tip--the gift shop is super chic and carries an amazing selection La Double J, Lido swimwear, and classic Superga sneakers as well as exclusive collaborations with special Italian brands! And be sure to check out Issimo--a lifestyle website that "Embraces the passion and soul of Italy’s superlatives.." Whenever I need travel advice, decor inspiration, fashion tips, or just feel like dreaming of Italy, I go right to Issimo!

We continued our journey through Tuscany and stopped in the two walled cities of Siena and San Gimigano. 

The fresco ceilings at the Duomo in Siena were so beautiful and the colors so inspiring! The Medieval architecture surrounded us!

We stayed at Villa La Massa just outside of Florence.  The origins of Villa La Massa date back to more than 400 years: in 1525 Santi Landini, famous editor belonging to the Florentine Aristocracy, decided to built his Summer residence on the banks of the Arno river.

The stair runner is very “Gucci-chic”,

While outside of Florence, we did a pasta making class and vineyard tour at Castello del Trebbio. This was a highlight! We learned about the importance of biodynamic wine-making and how to make the best pasta dough!

We then made our way into the city of Florence and stayed at the spectacular St. Regis hotel.

We stayed in the Bottega Veneta suite which was so chic!

The exquisite Murano chandelier set the tone for Italian cocktails!

Another Aperol spritz please!

We visited Scuola del Cuoio to watch the artisans. Scuola del Cuoio was founded after World War II through the collaborative efforts of the Franciscan friars of the Monastery of Santa Croce and the Gori and Casini families, Florentine leather artisans since the 1930’s. Their mission was to give orphans of the war a means to learn a practical trade with which to earn a living.


Be sure to stop in Riccardo Luci to watch him make his special papers.

Gelato everywhere! We had gelato twice a day!

And then climb to the top of the Duomo to work it off! 
Marble Marble floors that are inspiration everywhere you turn!

Arrivederci Firenze!

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