This past December, I went on the most relaxing, beautiful and refreshing trip of my life to beautiful, sunny southern Thailand. If you can imagine it, there were white sand beaches as far as the eye could see, gorgeous cliffs in the distance across the clearest, blue waters I’d ever seen. It was paradise.
And the best part of the trip? The people. This was a spontaneous trip, and I met up with interesting people from all over the world – from South Africa, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. So while I learned all about Thailand, I also learned all about the places from where my friends came, and made some (seriously) lifelong friends.
That’s the experience in store for you on Sept 22 – 29, 2015 with the Treasures of Tuscany tour with Fons & Porter editor Jean Nolte, except with so much more! You haven’t experienced quilting until you’re looking at the most breathtaking art, landscape and architecture you’ve ever seen while surrounded by other women who are looking for quilting inspiration in everything too.
You’ll be in the company of other quilters who truly love what they do. Think of it like vacationing with all your best friends. In fact, you could actually travel with your best friends if you invite your guild.
Jean says, “It has been my experience that quilters are a really fun bunch to travel with. I predict you will meet some new quilting friends that you will stay in touch with long after the tour is over.”
You’ll be traveling all over Tuscany. Some of the highlights include:
Montecatini Terme is an Italian district of 21,095 inhabitants within the province of Pistoia in Tuscany, Italy. This charming resort town is what you’ll call home during your tour and is one of the most attractive resort spa towns in all of Italy!
San Gimignano is a small-walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form “an unforgettable skyline”. It’s here where you’ll have free time to shop in one of the many shops along the main thoroughfare, visit the beautiful basilica, have a gelato in the charming piazza, and enjoy the views of the Tuscany Valley. Later in the day, you’ll board your coach for a short drive to visit a lovely family-owned winery.
The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera, and one of the most picturesque places in all of Italy. There will be plenty of time to enjoy lunch on your own, shopping, and photograph opportunities available. Then, you’ll board the train again for our next stop. In the evening, you’ll visit the hilltop town of Montecatini Alto and enjoy a delicious dinner.
Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. You’ll travel into the central part of the city, where you will meet a local expert guide and take a leisurely walking tour, pointing out many highlights of the city’s priceless treasures.
This tour will undoubtedly be an experience to remember! The unique beauty of Tuscany is sure to inspire you and fill you with the wonder of its alluring countryside. There’s so much in store on this trip. If you’re already packing bags, Jean has a couple of suggestions for things you’re definitely going to want to bring:
“Comfortable shoes! Pictures of quilts you’ve made to share with the others in the group.”