I have just come back home from an amazing place nestled in the hills of Tuscany, Italy, called Peralta. What a wonderful get away - tranquil beauty, peace and quiet. I traveled solo for three weeks in March and didn't really know how everything would go. From the very first day it was SO much more than I expected. The beauty, the service, the people. Kate, the care taker of the Villa, went out of her way to make sure I was well taken care of and really enjoyed her place in the villa. Thank you so much Kate for everything! Peralta is a villa (almost Castle) overlooking the hills and valleys and small local town Camaiore (their Pasticceria Rossano's pastries are the best!) There's a big olive garden and lots of trees, like orange, lemon and bay. Lots of wild and planted flowers around the property. Many paths to take to enjoy the nature around. A lot of thought and work was put into this real old world villa to make it beautifully unique. The apartment I stayed at had a large kitchen and a huge fireplace. It was very clean and cozy, I felt I was living a fairytale, it was so magical and comfy. :) A few very friendly cats Pino and Bisco were looking for company and became my roommates after a while. :) People in the area are so nice and helpful also. Though I spoke very little Italian I felt comfortable to talk to anyone I had encountered: local grocery store owners (their fresh bread, cheese and Prosciutto are amazing!), neighbors, people at the local gas station. Christopher, the gardener of Peralta, was always greeting me with a smile and eager to help with whatever I needed, just ask. Thank you Christopher! Peralta is very close to so many other beautiful places. I had lots of day trips to places like Lucca, Piza, Cinque Terra, Siena and Florence. Out of all the places I visited during my trip, I always couldn't wait to come back "home", in my quiet place, in touch with nature. I'm so blessed I found Peralta, especially to have a chance to get to know its people. It was hard to leave. I know I'll be back. Very soon. And I'm sure many of my friends will be visiting as well.