Diario di Viaggio

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After getting married in June this year a new house and a wedding meant that we had to put the honeymoon back a few months. Where to go was also an issue as we knew that we wanted to find somewhere we could get away from it all. Somewhere we could sit back relax and take in the fact that after 9 years as “girlfriend and boyfriend” we were now husband and wife.

I often spend time looking at other photographers work and blogs and one that particularly took my interest was a blog by a photographer called Johnny Patience (ye I know what a cool name). Johnny blog entitled “Italy in September” was not only a blog about his wedding anniversary around Tuscany but also contained some beautiful images of the area that immediately grabbed my attention. Carmen and I discussed the blog, I knew that Italy was a place that we would like to explore and photograph but it was soon forgotten as life got back to post wedding normality.

About a month later we spent a weekend in Swanage with our friends Joe and Kate. We had a great weekend and on the final day while having dinner  at a  local Italian restaurant Joe ordered a bottle of Montepulciano.  During the course of the evening we discovered that Montepulciano is their favorite wine. They had discovered it whilst exploring this  old Italian town, famous for its wine and cheeses during their honeymoon. Once again Italy was back in our thoughts as Joe and Kate told us how they had spent their honeymoon in a  old Italian farm house situated high on a hill top.  Surrounded by stunning views of the Umbrian countryside the farm was a haven of tranquility, complete with swimming pool and Hammocks. Our minds were made up, Italy here we come!

We stayed at the La Cassetta nel Bosco near Perugia, Umbria.  Accessed by a steep farm track which our little fiat 500 struggled daily to negotiate, it was everything Joe and Kate described and a beautiful and peaceful location close to the regional capital of Perugia. Our daily excursions took us to Assisi and Perugia before venturing over to Tuscany where we had a day visiting Montepulciano and Pienza. The towns and the countryside around Tuscany were everything we had envisaged.

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