TRAVEL GUIDE: SLEEP, EAT, DO AND SEE IN A WEEK IN TUSCANY AND UMBRIA (ITALY)

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Read this travel guide to discover where to sleep and eat and what to see and do in a week in Tuscany and Umbria (Italy).

If you’re planning a week roadtrip to Tuscany and Umbria (Italy), here is a travel guide with tips on what you can do once there to discover these beautiful places, perfect for your Italian holidays.

The last Summer I spent one week between Tuscany and Umbria with a friend. We enjoyed our stay and discovered so many nice places for food, wine, relax and excursions / tours. Here are the best ones I wrote down during our journey for you! We avoided the most tourist places like Florence, Siena or others since we both had already visited them in the past, so we opted for a different roadtrip following wine and food  destinations and we 100% enjoyed it. We booked two different accomodations (the first one in Umbria, the second one in Tuscany) and spent the days between pool (during the hottest hours) and excursions around. Keep reading to know where to sleep, eat and what to do and see in a week in Tuscany and Umbria (Italy)! You can also check Italy vacation packages if you need to plan your trip to italian destinations!

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Umbria

Sleep:

We stayed at Agriturismo ai Lecci, a farmhouse in Ramazzano, at about 10 minutes by car from Perugia city. The buildings date back to 1800 but are perfectly renovated and the atmosphere is so lovely and chilled, with green spaces around and a beautiful panoramic pool. We had a nice apartment with a small kitchen that allowed us to cook our lunch and enjoy it in the common area of the garden. Breakfast was nice with fresh homemade products.

Eat:

  • Osteria a Priori, Perugia: we got a mix of cold cuts and cheese, truffle “stracciati” (a typical kind of pasta), maltagliati (another pasta) with Chianina meat and some glasses of Sagrantino Montefalco and Sangiovese 100%, for about 60€ for two. It was a delicious experience.
  • Osteria dei Re, Gubbio: we got their famous “Piattone del Re”, a big mix of cold cuts, cheese, breads and more delicious food, two glasses of Sangiovese wine and a dessert for about 30€ for two.
  • Gelateria La Paola, Spello: the perfect place for the most delicious gelato break!

See and Do:

  • Perugia: this city is simply amazing. A super high escalator (that my dizziness didn’t like at all) will bring you to the centre of the town which is built on the top of a hill. Surrounded by Medieval walls, it’s rich in monuments and beautiful views. Visit Piazza Duomo, Palazzo dei Priori and the Cathedral and don’t forget to stop by the Belvedere at sunset…breathtaking.
  • Gubbio: a little Medieval town full of super cute streets and beautiful buildings, like Palazzo dei Consoli, the Duomo and Palazzo Ducale. Just out of the walls there is the Roman theatre and a little archaeological museum. Visit Gubbio at sunset, when all the roofs and walls become pink!
  • Spello: another beautiful little town which is famous for its amazing floral decorations. Take your time to simply walk around, enjoy the views until the amazing Belvedere.

Tuscany

Sleep:

We stayed at Agriturismo Collodi, a farmhouse in Montalcino. It’s in a very quite place, the view from the garden is amazing and its pool was a relief for the 30+ degrees of Tuscan Summer. The apartment was nice and comfortable and we were able to cook our meals in our private kitchen if we were just too tired to go out haha.

Eat:

  • Enoteca E Lucevan Le Stelle, Montepulciano: we had lunch here after leaving Umbria and before reaching the new accomodation. We had a glass of Nobile di Montepulciano wine and typical Tuscan bruschette (bread with liver pate or tomatoes and mozzarella cheese) in a chilled and lovely atmosphere.
  • Enoliteca, Montepulciano: just after the lunch we decided to visit the Enoliteca, the best place  in which to discover and taste the wines of the producers belonging to the Consortium of  Vino Nobile of Montepulciano. We enjoyed the taste thanks to the innovative Wine Dispensers designed for use with rechargeable cards, having our glasses of wine in the beautiful patio.
  • Hostaria il Buco, Chianciano Terme: a not-so-appealing place in a not-so-appealing town but hey, we had there an amazing Fiorentina steak which was worth the trip! We had a 1,6 kg Fiorentina with roast potatoes and Sangiovese wine and yes…we actually eat it all! We spent about 80€ for two (Fiorentina is about 40€ per kg). Book in advance since a lot of people visit that place just to try their famous meat.
  • Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona, Montalcino: we booked a tour to visit the beautiful Ciacci Piccolomini estate and the winemaking places and to taste their wines and oils. A must-go for all the Brunello di Montalcino lovers out there! For 40€ per person, the experience was simply amazing.
  • Locanda Demetra, Montalcino: a family farm restaurant which is also a cooking school, where you can taste delicious food in the little dining room or outside under the pergola and with an amazing view. A lot of ingredients come from their orchard or neighbor farms and they also have a selection of wines by small organic and family-run wineries. Book in advance!
  • La Buca di Enea, Pienza: nice wine and great Tuscan crostoni (another way to name bruschette). We had the crostone with pecorino cheese and fegatini (liver), the beef tartare and two glasses of Montepulciano wine for about 50€ for two.

See and Do:

  • Montepulciano: a Medieval town surrounded by vineyards and famous for the Nobile wine. Enjoy a walk though the streets, visit Piazza Grande, the Duomo, Torre di Pulcinella and the Belvedere and stop by one of its enoteche for a glass of wine!
  • Montalcino: a little town known worldwide for the Brunello wine. Visit the Fortezza di Montalcino, Palazzo dei Priori, Sant’Agostino church and Piazza del Popolo, Abbazia di Sant’Antimo (just out of the town) and don’t forget to taste a glass of Brunello, of course.
  • Pienza: the Tuscan Medieval town famous for Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet” which was filmed there. Discover its amazing corners and streets, taste the famous pecorino cheese (its smell is in the air!), visit the Duomo, Palazzo Comunale and Palazzo Vescovile and enjoy the view from the Belvedere.

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Perugia

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Gubbio

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Spello

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Montepulciano

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Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona

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Pienza

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DIY CLAY SHELL JEWELRY DISH (EASY TUTORIAL)

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Discover how to make DIY clay shell jewelry dish following this easy tutorial!

If you love aesthetic decor pieces and would like to add one to your home, read how to make DIY clay shell jewelry dish to display your little treasures in a super chic way.

It’s not a mistery that I like shell crafts and some time ago I shared this DIY painted shell jewelry dish idea. This time I would try to make something a bit different and experiment with air dry clay (which I’m totally in love with atm – as you can see here or here!) cause it can be used for a lot of DIY ideas, it’s cheap and actually super easy to work. So, inspired by the aesthetic trend of shells and beautiful ceramics, I created this DIY clay shell jewelry dish that you can make in minutes at home just by following this easy tutorial. I’m so into aesthetic decor and little beautiful details right now so I thought it could be a great idea making it to display jewelry (or anything else you prefer). We all have those few jewelry pieces we wear everyday and that we only take off when we go to bed, don’t we? That said, a place where we can easily pick or lay them it’s more than needed and…the cuter the better! It may be new to you (I discovered it a few months ago too) but a lot of necklaces, earrings or bracelets need to be taken off while sleeping especially if they are made of thin chains or delicate parts: that’s because they may get caught in our hair or bed sheets and break. With these two DIY shells on the dresser in my bedroom I can now treasure my gold necklaces, rings or everyday bracelets in style and in the morning they’re ready-to-wear. Win win! If you’d love to make yours too, discover how to make DIY clay shell jewelry dish following this super easy tutorial!

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You need:

  • air dry clay
  • shell (a scallop one is perfect)
  • paint

How to:

For this tutorial, I created an Instagram reel so that you can watch the full process and see how easy it is to make these clay shells! You can watch the full reel at the link below:

>> DIY clay shell jewelry dish (Instagram reel) <<<

Here the step by step instructions:

Cut a piece of clay and work it with a rolling pin to get a (not too thin) circle, then place it on the shell and press a bit to let clay take its shape and details. Cut the excess of clay with a knife, trying to following the shell shape and let it dry for about two hours. Once dry, remove the clay shell (be careful while doing this or you may break it) then paint as you prefer. I opted for white, beige and gold but it’s totally up to you! Let it dry again and you’re done!

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I love the fact that I can see the shell details imprinted on the clay shell, this make it looks so real! I made two versions of this project, one bigger and one smaller and I’m thinking of making a few for the livingroom as well, as catchall or simply decor pieces.

Let me know if you liked this DIY clay shell jewelry dish project, you can also tag me on Instagram (@francinesplaceblog) if you make yours. I would be more than happy to share! Don’t forget to pin it on Pinterest if you liked the post!

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HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN 2022 (WITH THE FREE PRINTABLE MONTHLY & WEEKLY GOAL PLANNER)

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If there are things you’d like to change in your life but you’ve never been brave enought to, this can be the right year. You can change your life in 2022 by following these tips and with the help of a great planner (so don’t forget to download the free printable monthly and weekly goals planner I’ve made for you!).

Are you looking for some advice to lead a better life? What changes have you made in your life that have impacted how you live today? With the start of a fresh new year we feel more  motivated to write down resolutions and set new life goals. But how many do actually do something to reach them? The last two years have been hard af, so this could be the time to forget about old bad habits and get rid of anything is making us feel stuck and unsatisfied. Keep on reading to discover how to change your life in 2022 and download the free printable monthly and weekly goals planner (scroll for download) to help you guide through the year!

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Quit that boring / bad paid job

One of the biggest mistakes people usually make is sticking to a tedious or bad paid job or career. This can be demotivating and makes it hard to achieve our goals. If you are not happy with your current career, it is essential to find something else that you love doing or that simply makes you feel satisfied and gratified. I’m not saying to quit your job today – girls gotta eat right? – but sometimes we’re just lazy cause we already earn a salary and we don’t feel motivated enough to find a new job opportunity, so we procrastinate… and time passes by. Findind a new job requires time and effort, but it will be worth it in the end.

Take (some) risks and challenges

Another common mistake people make is failing to take on risks and challenges. Someone said that happiness is outside your comfort zone and there is nothing more true. The fear of taking risks and challenges can hold you back from achieving your goals and living the life you want. You don’t need to force yourself all at once, but it is essential to push yourself out of your comfort zone a little at a time, starting by little things then challenging yourself in bigger ones, and take on new challenges to help you grow as a person and discover new things about yourself.

Improve planning skills

Planning your life, setting goals and tracking your improvements is a great habit to live more motivated and be more focused on what you do and have to. This may seem unnecessary, but people with great planning skills have a better overall view of what they need to improve to get a better life. When you write down goals and track your improvements, it is easier to understand what you have to change or get rid of in your life. This is why I updated for you the planner I made the last year and created the free printable 2022 monthly and weekly goals planner, this time in two versions: floral and gold ones. Read here the guide to print and use it properly and download the 2022 planners below!

>>> Download for free the 2022 monthly and weekly goals planner – FLORAL <<<

>>> Download for free the 2022 monthly and weekly goals planner – GOLD <<<

Don’t be afraid of moving to a new place

Okay, this is not for everyone here, but some of you may be afraid of moving to a new place, even if you feel that you’re not happy where you are, and it can be so terrible since it will stuck you in a life of regrets. If you feel that the place you live in is no longer giving you the opportunities you need (or need to understand if it’s time for you to move), it is just time to change, no matter how much you are afraid of. Sometimes the people we love are not enough to feel happy and “at home” and you shouldn’t judge yourself if you feel that your happy place would be somewhere else. This doesn’t mean that you have to completely turn your life upside down, there is always a solution you can find or maybe the perfect place is not even so far (and with Compass it gets easier to find it), just don’t let your routine decide for you. 

Forget about old bad habits

Additionally, many people fail to quit old habits when improving their lives. Therefore, it is vital to make changes in your life and focus on leaving all the bad habits as soon as possible. The last years have been so hard due the pandemic situation and it may be even more difficult to get a better and healthy life after the lockdown, but there is always a way if you want to!

Connect with positive people

Finally, people make another mistake when trying to lead a better life by failing to connect with like-minded people. You’ve probably never seen it this way, but it can be crucial as it will help you achieve your goals and stay motivated. If you have around toxic people who always criticize you or make you feel wrong then you won’t be able to find happiness and the right motivation in life.  So, be careful of the people you choose in your life, they should be honest with you when needed, but supportive and positive and so should be you with them, too.

In conclusion, people can make mistakes when trying to lead a better life, so start living the best version of yourself with the help of the tips above and download the free printable 2022 monthly and weekly goals planner to set new challenges and truck your achievements. You will soon begin to see positive changes in your life! 

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DIY PLACE CARD HOLDERS FOR THE CHRISTMAS TABLE (WITH FREE PRINTABLE CARDS)

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Looking for easy and quick decoration ideas for the Christmas table? Discover how to make these DIY place card holders with air dry clay and download the free printable cards!

If you’re looking for beautiful and last minute decoration crafts and ideas to decorate the table for Christmas, I think you’re gonna love these DIY air dry place card holders that you can make in minutes.

And for minutes, I mean maybe five minutes. Yes, cause these DIY place card holders will take you literally minutes to make but will be so cute on your Christmas table. So easy and super quick to make, you’ll just need some air dry clay and paint which means that they’re also super affordable if you’re looking for decoration ideas on a budget. I’ve also made free printable place cards for you that you can download for free, keep on reading for the tutorial and the download!

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You need:

  • air dry clay
  • paint
  • ruler or knife

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How to:

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Cut little pieces of clay then make little balls working them with damp hands (this will prevent clay crackings). Make the amount of place holders you need and place them on some parchment paper or a plastic placemat.

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With a thin ruler or a smooth edged knife gently make a cut onto the top of the balls (but be careful not to cut the balls in half!) then let them dry.

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Now paint your place card holders as you prefer and let them dry again.

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Voilà!

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I hope you found these DIY place card holders the cute and useful idea to decorate your Christmas table, now you can download the free printable place cards I made for you! Just print them and add names and you’re done! Click the link below and have fun:

<<<Download here the free printable place cards for the Christmas table>>>

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