I always wake early in Campera to enjoy as much of the sunlight and scenery as I can. I step out to the hillside and make an energetic 20 minute walk up to Ghizzano. I’ll stop for a coffee in the local bar and buy freshly baked bread and croissants for my guests, Villa Campera is a place to share.
Al fresco breakfast under the pergola overlooking the hills is a must, this is where everybody meets and plans for the day are made which might be sightseeing or simply enjoying the sweet laziness of a day by the pool with a good book.
My favourite place nearby is the "Small Jerusalem" of San Vivaldo, a very quiet place full of history where hermit monks still live nowadays. Also the small town of Palaia, or the Astronomic Observatory of Libbiano. While the riches of art at Florence are nearby, I get much pleasure from visiting Volterra and contemplating that one magnificent painting by Rosso Fiorentino The Deposition from the Cross, dated 1521.
Another not so famous but very beautiful place is the small town of Lari with its ancient and perfectly conserved walls about 25 km away from Campera. I often stop by for an aperitivo/lunch.
In the summer I love to attend the ritual of the Forte dei Marmi Street market, which takes place every Wednesday morning. It's about one hour away on the coast, a riot of super-affordable Italian quality with everything from leather goods to cashmere and linens. I might be tempted to step into one or two of the top designers around the corner.
The centre of all activities at Campera is the wonderful infinity pool overlooking the hills. Possibly the best place in the world to watch the sunset and sip a glass of wine. Nothing has changed here since the times of Michelangelo, the landscape is untouched and almost surreal.
And then, almost every night, after a great dinner, guests gather around the fire at the back of the house. It's time to chat, to share experiences and to watch the shooting stars. Sometimes a guitar starts playing and people sing along, sometimes I just like to enjoy the silence broken by crickets and chirping night birds.