One of the many things I love about Oltrarno is that it is still full of hidden artisan studios where, with the right insider know-how, you can discover ancient techniques still in use today to create timeless masterpieces.
There are so many unique activities and experiences to be had in Southern Italy! If you're stuck on Tuscany, I don't blame you... but I have to tell you, Southern Italy is a treasure trove of authentic and beautiful experiences, places, and people that you would sorely be missing out on!
While living in Castellana Grotte in the heel of Italy's boot, one of my favorite things to do was stroll around the charming, whitewashed town perched on top of rocky cliffs and jutting out into the sea- Polignano A Mare. With a gelato in hand and a warm breeze, it's pretty much heaven. There on one of the town's winding, stone streets, I met Stefania as she sat on a brightly colored bench outside the entrance to her shop...