🇮🇹 ITALY TOGETHER 2018
This trip is built around another “French Escapade” sketching week for Anne, this time in Tuscany with Brenda Swenson as tutor. We’ll travel together, though, and Paul will amuse himself around Florence and Bologna while Anne is with her painting group.
British Airways had easily the best fares when we were booking, so naturally we go via London, staying three nights there on arrival, but coming straight through Heathrow on the homeward journey. We’ll be spending time in Florence, Padua (only 26 mins by train to visit Venice), and then back to Bologna, from where we may do day trips to the likes of Ravenna, Ferrara, Modena and Parma. It’s all very exciting. Almost exactly a month, leaving on Friday 14 September and getting back early morning on Saturday 13 October. Coco will be boarding at Divine Creatures for the duration.
Paul has even been attending WEA classes to learn the language, while Anne has been studying French, with some broader objectives.
Our "final" planned itinerary was as follows:
Fri 14 Sept, dep Sydney, via Singapore
Sat 15 Sept, arr London
Tues 18 Sept, to Florence
Fri 21 Sept, Anne to Tenuta di Sticciano
Sun 23 Sept, Paul to Bologna
Fri 28 Sept, both return to Florence
Tues 2 Oct, to Padua
Sat 6 Oct, to Bologna
Thurs 11 Oct, dep Bologna, via Heathrow/Singapore
Sat 13 Oct, arr Sydney
This map may be helpful. In addition to the places mentioned above, where we stayed, you may also note the relative positions of our day-trip destinations (from South to North) - Siena, San Gimignano, Prato, Pistoia, Ferrara, and last but not least Venice.
Like the best-laid plans of mice and men, there was one major change to this schedule, but more of that anon.