Once upon a time, all of our Italy-based girlfriends spent their summers getting foot massages on the beach at Bonassola, trolling the markets for a new pair of designer sunnies, and sourcing the coolest new hotels to spend a weekend at. The last couple of years, everyone has been making a beeline to Albatros in July and August, so we had to find out what this hot spot was all about!
Turns out, times have changed — our fashionista girlies are mamas now, and Albatrosis all the rage because it’s perfect for families with young kids. Think glamping in a pine forest in Tuscany, but decked out with amenities like super shallow pools, so even very young kids can splash and play safely while mom and dad enjoy an Aperol Spritz on a deck chair (there are deep pools for real swimming too). Air conditioned mini cabins come equipped with a kitchenette and BBQ so that you can cook your own meals (there’s a well-stocked supermarket on-site), or eat out at one of several restaurants. A great place for families to chill out between high-octane cities like Florence and Milan, and an excellent base for day trips to Tuscan towns.
One of the things I’ve loved best about being a mom, and especially as Flora has been growing older, is traveling with her — just the two of us. Most of our trips are as a family, which is wonderful too, don’t get me wrong (love you, Ale!). But there’s something about just her and I taking off for a weekend, a week, hey, even several weeks if we can swing it! And how special would trips like this be if you had multiple children? What a beautiful way to spend some one-on-one time with each of them, discovering a new country, culture, or even a neighborhood nearby, and getting to know each other in a whole new way.
Easter in Italy — it’s a thing. A real thing. Incredible processions in all the towns and cities. Off-season travel is yours — but Easter is the official start of the tourist season in Italy. That means you’ll find even the sleepy “closed all winter” villages open with all their services. Some towns have bigger plans for Easter — one town in Sicily has 2000 people participating in the procession and the party lasts for a week. Do your research before you go — and like I’ve been saying for months — if you’re traveling in 2022 do not delay your bookings. The 2022 season is special and you’ll need advance bookings. Our list of dates is coming via email. Watch for it! Decide if “Italy 2022” is on your radar — and if it is — snatch up one of our trips. You can do that for just a $495 deposit and nothing else for now.Be ready!