Many of my friends found it hard to believe that I was travelling all the way from California to Italy by myself. Travelling solo (sola in italiano), was never really an issue. I was returning to Il Poggio in Celle Sul Rigo, approximately 50 km south of Siena, for my second visit, so there was a sense of familiarity. Luckily, I made friends easily, meeting fellow travelers along the way. www.ilpoggio.net
Many of the other guests at Il Poggio were either couples or families but everyone seemed to be exceptionally friendly, no matter what language they spoke. The staff at Il Poggio was very genuine and welcoming, but spoke little to no English. By default, I was forced to speak Italian and really enjoyed the challenge–my mind was always engaged!
One of my first italian amiche, (friends) was Ramune, who spoke English commensurate to my Italian. She freelanced as a concierge and tour guide of sorts at Il Poggio. Originally from Lithuania, Ramune was fascinating and enthusiastic, eager to share her time, offering guided side trips throughout southern Tuscany. [Read more…]