I can't believe it is only three weeks ago that we were sunning ourselves in Italy and eating all the amazing food Italy has to offer (ALL THE FOOD!). It already feels like summer is long gone. The mornings are so much colder and all the leaves are starting to turn orange. We were lucky enough to be invited to join our friends Ben and Hannah to stay at a family friends beautiful house in Rieti, about an hour east of Rome.
After a relatively short journey with beautiful views we were met by Pauline who showed us around and had a glass of prosecco with us before leaving us to it. This house was like something from my dreams. Everything about it was so beautiful and charming. It it perched on a hill in the Italian countryside surrounded by fields of vineyards and olive groves and hills with little hill towns on top. The garden has it's own well, olive trees, fruit trees, veg patch, a lovely pool and a pizza oven. Inside is beautifully decorated with brick floors, all sorts of trinkets collected from Pauline's travels, a gorgeous farm kitchen and all the rooms have the most incredible views. The area around the house is not touristy at all... it is rural rustic Italy at it's best, with pot holed roads, warnings signs for snow, wayside shrines, honey coloured buildings, stray dogs, little wooden bars and pizzerias on street corners.
Other than a couple of days spent in Rome and at Lago Di Vico lake we spent our days lounging around in the heat, swimming, reading and sleeping surrounded by the sound of buzzing bees and sheep bells. Every night we had incredible sunsets and drank wine on the verandah before cooking or going out for dinner in one of the surrounding hill towns. It was a proper holiday! We cooked and ate so much incredible food, I thought I should probably dedicate a separate post to it :-) This was one of the most relaxing, chilled, indulgent holidays I have had in a long time.