Posted by: Kerry & Jim | 14 September 2013

Vicky has arrived

We collected Vicky from the Florence airport on Tuesday evening and since then we have been busy introducing her to our new friends and showing her some of the local sights. Aperol Spritz is a must try on your first night here in Italy.

We have had a look around Ponte a Serraglio and La Villa and yesterday we went for a drive up and over the mountain and down to the coast. Heading north from home you pass through Castelnuovo and from there turn west and cross the mountains between the Apuan Alps and Apennines.

Our first stop was at Isola Santa a very small village perched on the side of a man made lake. We met a Sydneysider there whose family own a house in the village and he was telling us that more than half of the village was now underwater due to the lake being formed for hydroelectricity and that a new village has been built a little further up the mountain.

The remaining houses all have slate roofs, some very nicely restored but there are still some doer-upperers.

There is a collection of creative chimneys which would be well fired up over the winter months when the village is covered in show.

Back on the road again we passed this abandoned marble quarry which is accessible from the road.

Off in the distance other quarries are still operating. It is near Carrara which is famous for its marble.

We arrived at the coast at Forte dei Marmi but unfortunately the beaches weren’t was lovely as last time we were there. The water is quite churned up and a little dirty from the rain the past couple of days. Nevertheless we walked out onto the jetty and into the village to have a look around. Click here to see Forte dei Marmi on our last couple of visits.


Back home there is plenty of time for relaxing and catching up on all the news from home.



  1. Wish I was there , leave some wine in the country girls xoxo

    • We are being very good !!!!!…..

  2. It didn’t take long for the drinking to start

    • You know what she is like Col!

  3. Lovely to see you Kerry and Vicky. Look forward to seeing more posts

    • Thanks Wendy. It’s great to have Vicky here.

  4. It was great to be able to meet Vicky and we wish her a very happy stay.

    • She is enjoying meeting our new friends and also the beautiful scenery here.

  5. I hope you have a great time with your sister.

    • She doesn’t mind a drink either so I’m sure we will have a great time.

  6. Good on you girls, great see you enjoying your time together. If you want to see something historic, you could visit the Florence old cemetery. Nanna Cripps has some relatives buried there. Can send details if it fits your agenda.

    • Thanks for that Jenny. Could you please send the info and we will do our best to get there. Have you been to the cemetery?

      • No, I haven’t however a friend did visit several years ago and took some photos for me. Here is a website with some details. The name to look for is Alexander Delisser and 2 children, Adelaide and Ellis William and they are in the Florence English Cemetery. I gave the cemetery some details as you will see. Alexander is the grandfather of Charles Lymburner, nanna Cripps father. There was a name change when Alexanders son Adam, changed his name to Lymburner to continue on the name. You may or may not know of those details. I believe this cemetery is well worth a visit anyway. Good luck!

      • Thanks for the info Jenny. Will keep you up to date if we visit Florence.

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