Pretty much any surf trip is going with the flow of the weather, and chasing the windswell to Sicily was the best window of surf we got. Our next destination, Tuscany was about slowing down to breathe in iconic Italian village culture. We hopped back onto the ferry north to Tuscany, a region known for an old world pastoral countryside that yields great food and wine. Our kind of place! We stopped in Bolgheri, a famous town full of food and wine shops, brick houses and charming little village shops.
Upon arrival to Bolgheri, we met up with some friends who have businesses in the area. Lorenzo Stefanini from Naïve store
came to say hello and brought an awesome red Alfa Romeo for the girls to drive around. The scenery of the streets — be it the people, buildings or walking on the road — had so much character.
We also ran into old friend Luca Fiorini who has a really cool restaurant and concept store called Bolgheripiu
, where we had dinner and especially drank a lot of local wine.
The night we stayed at the beautiful Casale del Mare
an agriturismo with horses vineyards and ocean view.
Tuscany's countryside really wowed us. Northern California has vineyards and expansive agricultural landscapes, for sure, but the Seeababes were stunned by the beauty of the land, the character of the people and stone wall buildings.
“My favorite location of the whole trip was driving through the wine vineyards, in Tuscany, with all the girls in the car and everything was golden from the sun setting. It was like a scene from a classic film,” Mele says.
Tuscany won Jenayl over too. “Tuscany was my favorite place, I felt like I was walking into a movie set. It was quaint and stunning and everyone, even the locals were in tune with the beauty and appreciation of what is was all about,” Jenayl says. “One of my favorite observations of Italy was that when friends and couples would go out, it seemed everyone dressed with class and was out to enjoy each other's company and have a good time. Everyone walks everywhere and you can tell they are breathing in the beauty and culture of Italy!"
The typical weather at the end of summer in Italy is cloudy and rainstorms, so we enjoyed breakfast during the rain and as soon as it stopped we went visit Andrea Nacci, good friend, great surfer and owner of Bagni Nettuno
, a historical riviera beach, the next location for our photoshoot.
There can be waves at this spot that are quite fun, but when we were there it was glassy and completely flat so the girls went for a “pattino” ride in the lifeguard vehicle. Between shots, we cozied up with sweaters and denim jackets wearing the beautiful jewels from Ines Susaeta
We wrapped up the trip with goodbye photo and even a few tears as we parted ways. Special thanks to all our friends who showed us their favorite hidden gems in Italy, and our crew that made this an unforgettable trip!
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