Gastronomic/Photography Holiday to Tuscany
20 – 27 April 2019
The Watermill specialises in relaxing, inspiring, fun-filled holidays. The Mill has been beautifully restored and furnished. All the bright, well decorated bedrooms, with en suite bathrooms, enjoy lovely views over the river, the gardens or the mountains…..
Gently rolling hills dipped in soft morning mist and sculptural cypress alleys. Tuscany in central Italy is postcard material. Golden wheat fields, silver olive groves and pea-green vineyards marching in sharp terraced rows on hillsides form a graceful prelude to soul-soaring medieval hilltop villages and mountain ranges
Our base – The Watermill at Posara
Secluded millstream gardens, sun-drenched terraces, millstone tables under the vines for meals al fresco… just some of the charms of The Watermill at Posara in Tuscany, Italy……a perfect base for photography trip . The Watermill is in the comune (administrative district) of Fivizzano which, as well as a hundred ancient castles in its boundaries, contains not one but two environmentally protected areas: the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, the backbone of Italy, and the Regional Park of the Apuan Alps, home of the marble mountains of Carrara.
Due to it’s protected status the air and the water are pure and unpolluted and the area abounds in wildlife.
The Watermill specialises in relaxing, inspiring, fun-filled holidays. The Mill has been beautifully restored and furnished. All the bright, well decorated bedrooms, with en suite bathrooms, enjoy lovely views over the river, the gardens or the mountains.
The mill is a unique piece of ‘industrial archaeology’. Around the courtyard and behind the three-storey Tuscan houses there are two ancient watermills, one built in the 17th century and the other in the 19th century. Their millstones and workings are still intact and we are slowly restoring them. Waterpower was used not only for producing wheat, maize and chestnut flour, but also for crushing and squeezing olives for their oil. It is a complex of elegant and historic Tuscan buildings, around a sunny courtyard with an adjoining vine verandah, rose pergola and sun-filled walled garden. More gardens lead to walks along the river and the sun-dappled millstream.
Our hosts Bill and Lois have lovingly restored the historic buildings and created eight beautiful bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, plus two self-contained apartment suites, each with a double bedroom, bathroom and sitting room, ideal for couple or friends sharing. The bright and airy rooms are well decorated and tastefully furnished. Many contain original artworks and all enjoy lovely views of the river, the gardens or the mountains.
Our graceful communal Sitting Room, with its gallery of paintings by our inspiring tutors, is ideal for post-prandial conversation and digestivi. Our courtyard dining room is the unique setting for leisurely breakfasts and mouth-watering evening meals. There is also a communal kitchen, with chilled water and facilities for personal tea-/coffee-making. There is Wi-Fi in the communal sitting room
The Watermill at Posaro offers eight beautiful bedrooms, each with their own en suite bathrooms, plus two self-contained apartment suites, ideal for couples. Their policy is not to discriminate against people coming on their own by charging a vast supplement for single rooms. So, if you are coming by yourself, you will always have your own individual bedroom. We would, however, like friends (and married couples) to share if it is at all possible and there will be a saving if you do so
Around the mill there’s a walled garden, a vine verandah, a winding rose pergola, and riverside gardens, with tables, chairs and sun-loungers, providing delightful spots for sun-kissed or shady relaxation and contemplation. Then there are further secluded private gardens where you can stroll beside the millstream for about a quarter of a mile. The riverside gardens feature the old olive press reservoir (now filled with chilly water from the mountains, in which you can plunge or just dangle your toes). There’s also a terrace overlooking the river and a bamboozery through which you can walk
Posara is a small, friendly village, with ancient houses and narrow alleyways, surrounded by vineyards and fields of maize and sunflowers. The locals are friendly and will always talk to you when you make your evening passeggiata, perhaps to view the ancient packhorse bridge to another mill downstream.
Sample: an introduction to Tuscan cuisine at the Caffé Elvetico in the Piazza Medicea Fivizzano: locally made antipasti, including hams, salumi, crostini, bruschetta, caprese, torte locale varie; ‘patriotic pasta’(three different pastas, with red (ragú), white (salsa di noci) and green (pesto) sauces, the colours of the Italian tricolore; local pecorino, fresco and semistagionato, served with insalata verde; locally made dolci. Local red wine and white wine; acqua minerale, coffee/teas.
What’s included in the trip:
- 7 nights at accommodation at The Watermill
- full board
- all tuition
- accommodation (including all linen and towels)
- pre-dinner aperitifs
- all meals (including delicious meals with wine prepared specially for you at the mill, and at charming local restaurants)
- local transportation to photography locations (including transfers to Pisa airport)
- excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre
We should emphasise that absolutely EVERYTHING is included in the cost of your holiday. All you have to do is get to Pisa and we do the rest!
What’s not included: