This mini-tale began on Monday with a notice that we had a new follower on Twitter; a newcomer, it seemed, to the social media: Podere Assolatina in Tuscany. I responded by becoming the eighth follower of their handful of tweets announcing their new web site.
Since we are heading to Italy this fall, I checked their site (link above). This agriturismo – between Florence and Rome -- looks charming. Their rates, surprisingly inexpensive. San Casciano Dei Bagni, the town they are near is postcard picture-perfect.
“Too bad we’ve already booked a place in Florence,” I thought as I found myself writing them and asking a few more questions about the place.
I showed the web site to Joel, along with the photos they’d sent in a return email within hours of my inquiry.
“Too bad we’ve got a place in Florence already,” he said. “Wonder if we could cancel those reservations?"
Our plans had been firm: take a train to Florence, spend three nights there, then a train to Rome to board another to its port town Civitavecchia.
By Tuesday evening we’d cancelled our reservations in Florence and booked a rental car that we’ll pick up in Bologna and use for three days en route to Civitavecchia.
The agriturismo folks haven't responded to my rental inquiry yet, but that doesn’t really matter. . .
By tossing our original itinerary we have the freedom to head out and stay where ever we find ourselves. And in case you are wondering, we didn’t take the car’s GPS option.
If You Go:
Podere Assolatina, Fraz. Celle Sul Rigo, 53040 San Casciano Dei Bagne, +39 331-447-4328
How about you? Have you ever changed travel plans based on some fluke like we did?