What can’t you do in a day in Accies?

Accies, Alba, Italy – The town of Alba is set on a hillside high above the surrounding valleys and manages to stand upright, despite being only seven miles square What can’t you do in…

What can't you do in a day in Accies?

Accies, Alba, Italy – The town of Alba is set on a hillside high above the surrounding valleys and manages to stand upright, despite being only seven miles square

What can’t you do in a day in Accies?

See the sea: the only people in the town are the 14 or so fishing boats that rumble in and out of the water, refuelling and refuelling again.

The island of Chioggia, Italy – Can there be any more picture-perfect beach than this iconic rocky headland?

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Where can you stay?

Your ultimate choice of accommodations would be the sun-soaked stucco-painted, marble-clad, Venetian San Marco Hotel on the Palazzo Morando on the San Marco Bridge that overlooks the most glorious Palazzo Piazza, and then the round and arched, Venetian Hotel Palace on the Piazza della Signoria that sits on the edge of the University and the Palazzo House.

What should you do?

Take a walk up the hill to the Stacius Hill, about a 15-minute walk away and to the dome-craned San Lorenzo Balsam Museum, walk along the beautiful Palazzo Piazza della Signoria, walk along the cliff at the sea front with the churches of Accia, Gabriele, Piazza Palagio, Accia Pistolato,and Gabriele, or stroll around Stacius Hill, the square in front of the Gothic Church of Santa Marta di Pietra, watch the blacksmith’s shops, stroll along the square, or buy lunch from one of the local restaurants in the harbour area

Where can you eat?

Even the ancient or stony spot you are eating at is a spectacle: you can see the metal roofs of the homes and olive trees and cuckoo clocks that look like they’re stepping from another time and place

What can’t you do in a day in Accies?

Understand how you got here. The views from the city centre to the ravine down to the Roman archaeological site overlooking the sea in Toscana are spectacular.

You can follow up the day with a walk to the Lake Como to dine at the lovely restaurant La Zitura on the cliffs above the lake, and then cross the lake by carriage to visit the art-gallery-cum-spa, the only hotel that really has five-star service on the lake in Italy

In the evening, you can wander up to the Palazzo Cimbrone with its marble columns and lovely pool for a glass of wine and a bit of a nap. Or you can head home and read. On your backside.

© Photo John Clements / Rex Features

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