OK enough FOOD let’s see the SEA part II

Having enjoyed the best festas of the week  just north west of Villas for rent in Tuscany, you find the stunning Cinque Terre and the “Old Money meets New Money” charming village of Portofino, so before viewing the delights of these popular places we offer a list of festivities near La Collina del Sole your favourite Lucca Villa Rental . The festas available this week as you Rent a villa in Tuscany,  are shortlisted below: Just a stones throw away north of Villa rentals in Tuscany you will find San Pellegrino in Alpe where on the 1st of August they celebrate “Cerimonia del Cambio della Croce” or the exchange of the Cross and literally on our doorstep, close to your Holiday villas in Lucca in Fosciandora TODAY there is the FESTA del Baccala a very fishy tasting salt cod. CINQUE TERRE [ 2.5 hours drive from La Collina del Sole ] Historically these small seaside villages - the “five lands” - were inaccessible by land, and therefore have kept their unspoilt character. A real sense of “La Dolce Vita” is found here. The five Lugurian fishing villages of Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza, and Monterosso are all slightly different and all have a character of their own. Walking along the Cinque Terre is fantastic and you can always walk from one village to another and then catch the train back. Reaching the Cinque Terre is also possible by train. It you "rail it " it is best to drive to either Aulla or La Spezia and catch the train from there – trains go frequently and you can just jump off and on along the Cinque Terre as and when you wish. Why not walk from Monterosso to Vernazza and then stop for a drink or lunch, you could also go a little further to Manarola and have a delicious seafood lunch after a dip in the sea, you can then relax with a glass of wine looking across the Mediterranean... Heaven The Cinque Terre were damaged by landslides in November 2011 however all the guests who have visited tell us that they are being rebuilt very sympathetically and with great charm, and that they found it is definitely well worth the drive to visit !

FOSDINOVO With its impressive castle, Fosdinovo has splendid views to the coast and the Gulf of Poets. Shown here is a tower of the Castle that belongs to the Malaspina family, It was the seat of the rulers of the Duchy of Massa. The castle itself is impressive and full of historical artifacts

PORTOFINO This famous and stylish Riviera ‘town’ is most impressive and situated in a stunning location, it is also a stop off place for many of the smartest yachts in the world. The well-known Hotel Splendido sits above the sea with stunning views and is worth visiting if only for a cool glass of prosecco or a bellini ! The village of Portofino is a beautifully proportioned village, there is a stunning walk from the village to the “faro” or lighthouse.