Driving in Italy and France
adapted from Villa Toscana website
La Locanda di Villa Toscana is located in the small town of Bibbona, Tuscany, Italy, just south of Livorno.
The Villa is located in the middle of town. A note was attached to the front door when we arrived. We were to call the number listed on the note. The only problem; we didn't have a telephone. Our rental car had a phone but we didn't know how to use it.
I found a group of young workers taking a lunch break, who were only too happy to dial the number for me.
The housekeeper arrived a few minutes later.
We didn't see anyone until the next morning when a beautiful breakfast was waiting for us.
The big surprise was the upper part of Bibbona. An Etruscian Stronghold.
We almost missed it.
These two charming ladies meet every evening, and have done so for the past 30 years, and sit on this very bench.
We had been occupying the same bench earlier. I noticed that several people were dropped off near a very steep street. They would walk up and disappear.
I had to see what was up there. Gene wanted to stay put.
Not only did I discover a beautiful Etruscan village but also a fine looking restaurant, which turned out to be well known in the area.
Restaurant Osteria De Messeri
When I came back with the exciting news, the ladies and Gene were having a spirited conversation. He had given up his seat on the bench.
By now Gene knew all about the restaurant and the rest of their story. How, I don't know. They didn't speak English and Gene doesn't speak Italian. They all had big smiles on their faces.
There is another Bibbona about a 15 minute drive to the west and by the sea.
Marina Bibbona looks promising, We will save it for next time.
This Bibbona also deserves another visit.
While in the area, Relais-Sant-Elena is nearby.
If you want to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying the peaceful country side, then this is the place.
Next stop Montelupo Fiorentino and Villa Vannucci.
Have a great remainder of the week my dear