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Slow Travel… Tuscan Living

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. – Eddie Cantor”

Let’s savor the moment

Have you ever had a dream? I started dreaming when I met Paolo, 22 years ago. That was a turning point in my life. I never felt rooted before I met him, I felt like a balloon blowing in the wind. From then on we shared amazing experiences and I started feeling more and more rooted not in a place but an attitude of passion for life, an urge to experience and discover, a drive to undo and re-do. I slowly blossomed like a flower unaware of its possibilities, colours and scent. It has been a long way to freedom and I am still walking on 🙂

The initial idea was to buy a 2nd home in Tuscany where to spend our weekends biking away from the city buzz. We ended up with 28 ha organic land, a down ridden house to be restored and partially rebuilt, and the idea of setting up something in order to earn our living, either a museum… or… a B&B…
We did not even check the location, we just fell in love with the light at sunset reflecting on the old bricks. We discovered Podere Salicotto on a late summer afternoon 18 years ago, and – to quote a line from John Belushi in ‘Blues Brothers’: “We saw the light”.

There is no limit to beauty: a unique landscape and its stunning silence, at first deafening, then nourishing and soothing.
Have you ever experienced silence for a while? At first it was scary to me: the senses were very much alive, altogether at once. The stunning silence combined with views sweeping off in every direction and no boundaries, no obstacles to the view. If you are not accustomed to such a huge space, it can be overwhelming. I did not know at first how to deal with it. When music is loud, you turn it down. But what do you do when silence is loud? How can you turn it down or off? How can you fill it in ? How can you make it less deafening and more nourishing and soothing?

I did learn my way out and back in again. I realised that I had to get rid of my old habits and mind attitudes to slow down and make space for something new.
Slowing down is a conscious choice, and not always an easy one.
Have you ever experienced a major change in your life and how difficult it is to let old habits behind and welcome new ones? In the end it’s you who make the conscious choice to do less and you focus on what’s really important, what really needs to be done, and let go of the rest. I am starting now, after so many years, to put space between tasks and appointments, so that I can move through my days at a more leisurely pace.
It’s an irony of our modern lives that while technology is continually invented that saves us time, we use that time to do more and more things, and so our lives are more fast-paced than ever.

During these years I have come to feel what a slower-paced life means to me in spite of the activity which needs to be taken care of. It means making time to enjoy my mornings, instead of rushing off to my laptop. It means making time to enjoy whatever I am doing, to appreciate the outdoors, to actually focus on whoever I am talking to or spending time with – instead of always being connected to a phone or laptop, instead of always thinking about work tasks and emails. It means single-tasking rather than switching between a multitude of tasks and focusing on none of them.

This is why what we love to offer to you is a peaceful ambience where you can be as idle or as active as you wish.

Come back at the end of the day, rest, laze around the pool with a glass of wine and a fabulous view.

Welcome to our world.

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