My guest blogger today is the beautiful Frances, otherwise known as TheBlondeCitizen. I love reading her blog and Instagram page full of fabulous pictures of her life in Florence, you must take a look and be instantly captivated! Francis lives in Florence, Italy. http://www.theblondecitizenblog.com
Frances is writing about her recent trip to Tuscany, which looks idyllic don’t you think?
Hotel Torre Di Cala Piccola, Province of Grosseto, Italy
This Hotel is nestled in the hills of Porto Santo Stefano, Monte Argentario, Grosseto in Tuscany. It has incredible views from most of the rooms as well as offering gorgeous suites and deluxe rooms with balconies which are worth the extra cost for the photographs alone!
View from Hotel Torre Di Cala Piccola
The breakfast is typically Italian; cakes, brioche, lots of Nutella …standard and delicious. However, some of their pricing is rather off; 8 euros for a Fanta or Coca Cola seems a bit extreme to me. I have a funny feeling you are paying a lot for the views but they are worth it. As seen i the photographs, the panoramic views whilst eating your meal is a superb way to enjoy the day and offer a memorable romantic setting for families and couple alike.
The hotel itself is immaculately and beautifully presented; soft cream furnishings and very welcoming staff who speak very good english. If you have animals, they also accept small dogs for a fee of 10 euros a day in which you will be provided with a ‘pooch pack’ consisting of paper bags, bowls and wet mats. I didn’t take my little Chihuahua this time as I went there for romance, not to wipe my child’s backside, nevertheless when I return there in September I shall bring him along.
Hotel Beach Club
They have a wonderful ‘beach club’ with spa services and whatever you do, do not lose those access card; they charge 30 euros a piece if you don’t have them upon checking out! With that aside, they offer massages, hairdressing services, waxing, nails, you name it, they do it.
If you are staying longer than a few days, then I suggest you allow the hotel to organise any excursions to the Argentario and Maremma regions. They can put together wine and food tasting, schedule visits to some of the most prestigious wine cellars in the area as well as set up any visits to the archaeological sites of the Etruscans; an ancient civilisation and form of figurative art produced by the Etruscans in central Italy between the 9th and 2nd centuries BC.
They offer a complimentary bus service from the hotel, down the winding roads to Coletta; rocky beach as I call it, however please remember that even though there is a schedule, this is Italy; they take their time and therefore it isn’t the most reliable of services. The key word to enjoying Italy is ‘patience’. It is 27 euros a day which includes two deck chairs and an umbrella.
The water is absolutely freezing, and I’m from Scotland however you soon get used to it; with rock jumping, kayaking, canoeing available, or if you just wish to relax and tan, this well known place is a must see. Get there early in order to pick the best spot as this is a public place and not solely for hotel guests. They also have a restaurant which serves great calamari and fish dishes at reasonable prices, as well as a fully stocked bar; handy for parents in my experience.
Most people who eat here are visiting from the surrounding villas and definitely attracts a particularly high-brow crowd. Gentlemen pack the chinos and loafers, ladies this is the place to imitate Elisabeth Taylor; wearing rubies and diamonds just to lounge by the pool would not be seen as crass here. How fabulous!
Overall, this hotel and even the journey there and back, offers numerous opportunities to fall in love or rekindle even the dimmest of flames. It is breathtaking and worth every penny just to escape the grand city walls.
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Hotel Torre Di Cala, Province of Grosseto tel. +39 0564 825111 http://www.hoteldicalapiccola.com