Monday, January 29, 2007
Since swimming to Italy is not advisable, here are some airports that those of you coming from the US might want to take a look at. Bear in mind that some are regional airports and you will have to take connecting flight. For more information about the proximity of these airports to Lupinari, click here.
Rome Fiumicino Airport
Rome Ciampino Airport
Amerigo Vespucci Airport, Florence
Galileo Galilei Airport, Pisa
Perugia (Umbria) Airport
Marconi Airport Bologna
Milan Malpensa Airport
Whether direct or with a layover somewhere, there are lots of different options for flying into Italy, so the list below isn't exhaustive. The usual rules about direct flights being more expensive apply.
Lufthansa (via Frankfurt)
Air France (via Paris)
British Airways (via London)
Iberia (via Madrid)
Arriving by Air from the UK
We anticipate that almost all our guests will be arriving by plane, so we put together a list of the several regional airports that you might want to consider together with the airlines that service them from the UK. All routes listed are direct.
RyanAir flies to:
Galileo Galilei airport, Pisa, from Liverpool and London Stansted
Marconi Airport, Bologna, from London Stansted
Perugia (Umbria) Airport from London Stansted
Rome Ciampino from London Stansted and East Midlands
Rimini Airport, Le Marche, from East Midlands
Easyjet flies to:
Galileo Galilei Airport, Pisa, from London Gatwick
Rome Ciampino from London Gatwick and East Midlands
Al Italia flies to:
Rome Fiumicino from London Heathrow
Milan Malpensa from London Heathrow
British Airways flies to:
Bologna from London Gatwick
Pisa from London Gatwick
Milan Malpensa from London Heathrow and London City Airport
Rome Fiumicino from London Heathrow
British Midland (BMI) flies to:
Rome Fiumicino from Birmingham
Set in the sun-drenched hills of Tuscany, Tenuta di Lupinari is easily accessed from the region's major towns and cities. Forty-five minutes drive from Florence, an hour or so from Pisa, thirty-five minutes from Siena and Arezzo, and roughly the same to the famed hill towns of Montalcino, Montepulciano and San Gimignano, you're bang in the middle of the Chianti region.
Indeed, a more central location in Italy might be hard to find, as it is a little over two and a half hours from Rome, an hour and forty minutes from Bologna, and maybe an hour and a bit from Perugia.
More information regarding directions, distances and maps can be found at ViaMichelin.com.
Be aware though that Lupinari is a rustic location and is not well-served by public transportation, so we strongly recommend renting a car so you have the flexibility to come and go as you please, and explore the rest of Tuscany.
The nearest town to Lupinari is Bucine. It is in no way a tourist town, nor is it exactly a metropolis, but it does have several restaurants, an excellent food co-op, and various shops selling things you might need. Be aware that in Italy almost all shops close at lunchtime for several hours and in smaller rural towns they tend to shut for longer. For example, we went to the florist in Bucine at 5.30 p.m. to discuss our wedding flowers because the shop was shut 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Also note that shops are shut on Sundays, ALL DAY. Only restaurants, gas/petrol stations and highway rest stops are open Sundays. This is important to remember. Even in the bigger towns and cities all the shops are shut.
You will find details of local restaurants and shops in your rooms at Lupinari.
As a helpful reminder, in case the oh-so humorous Save the Date card we sent you in the fall happened to fall off your fridge, here are the basic details of our wedding again.
Tenuta di Lupinari, "I Lupinari," 52021 Bucine, Arezzo, Tuscany
T: 055/9912011 F: 055/9911870
Thursday, June 28th, 2007, ceremony around 6:00 p.m.
Business/lounge suits for gentlemen and dresses for ladies(hats optional).
The wedding ceremony will take place outdoors on the property at Lupinari, adjacent to where guests are staying.
The ceremony will be followed immediately by a cocktail hour at which our guests are invited to slake their thirsts with a selection of chilled beverages and take the edge off their appetites with a variety of hors d'œuvres and local cheeses.
Guests will be invited to take their seats for the reception at around 8:00 p.m. Dancing will follow the dinner, and is compulsory.
Please note, this is the important bit: Details of where you can buy gifts to shower us with your generosity and love will follow soon.