Chianti, Pecorino and… Snowballs?
Piazze is not highlighted on most tourist maps of Tuscany. It is a rural outpost known best for its quaint vineyards, olive mills and classic, sun-bleached Tuscan architecture. But this winter it’s become famous for something else: snow!
According to Stefania, a Homebase Abroad concierge in Tuscany, the tiny village of Piazze is still digging out from an uncharacteristic snowstorm that brought plummeting temperatures and historic snow that measured several feet in some places.
Contrary to popular belief, it does snow in Tuscany quite regularly. But rarely does the region see March accumulations that leave behind chest-high snowdrifts. Travelers lucky enough to witness this late storm are reporting breathtaking beauty unlike anything they expected. Just one more reason why Tuscany remains one of the world’s most surprising and awe-inspiring travel destinations.
Here is a note we received last week from Stefania to that effect: It is still snowing… Yesterday morning I had to wait for my neighbor to make her way out of her house and then take away the snow that blocked my front door (about 1 meter) before I could take my dog outside. There, we had a dune of snow that got to my hip. In certain points snow gets just right under my shoulders!
It may be too late to catch the Tuscan snow this year, but Villa Isabella – the remarkable Homebase Abroad villa located near Piazze just outside of Siena – is already booking for 2011!
Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow.
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