10-11-2013 This summer we decided to spend our whole summer holiday in Italy, all three weeks. Ever since the kids were small, we have been in Italy for the summer holidays, we just love it!
In the past, we have been here for one or two weeks, but this year we wanted to spend some time in different places. Our first choice was as always, Livorno. We have been coming here for three years now, and have really fallen for its charm and friendly local population. Even though this is not the most popular city to visit when you come from Denmark and want to spend your holidays in Italy, we think that Livorno has its own way, and kind of gets under your skin.
We usually travel through Europe from Denmark to Italy by train - it's quite relaxing and a good way to really feel that you move far and for the children to experience the distance and changing landscapes. From Hobro in Denmark, where we live, to Florence it takes roughly 24 hours, including one night onthe City Night Line from Munich to Florence or from Hamburg to Munich depending on how you plan.
You can fly of course, but if you want to visit other parts of Italy from Denmark outside the most popular and therefore tourist areas, the train is a super way to go.
When in Livorno the children's first choice in restaurants has become Delfino by the waterfront. Here you have great salads and of course pizza, quite a tradition for us now on the first night in Livorno.
This year we rented a private apartment we found through this website. Maria Vanzini was so friendly to contact us when she saw us writing for holiday apartments here. This opportunity to live the local Livorno life in the middle of the city was too great to miss, and we did not regret this decision. We spent a wonderful week going to the food market, drinking coffee, visiting restaurants, swimming from the Bagni Nettuno (favourite) and just enjoying life in general.
If we should point out some highlights: the food market and outside fruit market is a chapter of its own in our holidays. Sarah Thompson intruduced us to this fantastic place some years ago, when we were staying in an apartment in San Jacopo, rented through Sarah and “LivornoNow”, and now this is a must everytime we are here. Imagine that the fishmonger actually remembers us from year to year, so does the fruit salesman, talk about nice people here!!
The Ristorante L'Ancora in Livorno is Tina's and mine absolute favourite, actually also the children's when it comes to seafood. Again, very friendly atmosphere and great food, a must visit for us.
After one super week in Livorno, our plans were to travel to the island of Elba. We have never been here,
only read and heard about it. On the internet we found Vacanza Mare just outside Marina Di Campo, and after a few emails everything was in place with Mr. Salvatore Cremona. He even picked us up in the town from the bus in his little Nissan Micra with all our luggage, after we came from the ferry inPortoferraio.
The apartments are small but so nice, and, after all, you spend most of your time outside when on Elba. The island is so beautiful and calm to visit. We rented a car one day and drove all over the island in one day, lots of spectacular views, small towns and breathtaking scenery wherever you turn. Beaches are lovely, water is clear and warm, food is great... what more can you want for a holiday?! Definitely coming back!!!
Next stop: Castiglioncello…
We decided to visit an original old small town in Italy, and chose Castiglioncello for this. We spent four wonderful days in Hotel Miramare, one of the oldest hotels here. Isabella even celebrated her 8th birthday here. Hotel staff were so nice to fill the room with balloons for her.
The town of Castiglioncello is divided in two we think, the old part with hotels and the park around the castle and the new more domestic part. Restaurants are good, beach also with Bagni or free small part, and we really enjoyed the calm and quiet in a typical Italian beach side town.
This is what we might call a very short version of our latest trip to Italy, everything is so amazing here, and we could go on and on with details of places and people we met during the time here…
Thanks to Sarah Thompson for her and her family’s hospitality every time we are here, and for always being so helpful.
See you next year…