Not too far from Forte Dei Marmi, hidden away by the Apennine Mountains, Isola Santa may provide the ideal retreat with the occasional escape to the fabulous region of Cinqueterre. However accommodation in the area will require some research.
A small colonial village in the heart of Mexico, San Miguel Allende has for decades opened its doors to a legion of American expats. While climate and serene life style were likely a factor for the first few, the large proportion of English speaking inhabitants has accelerated the process.
Ronda has been the source of inspiration for writers like Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles. Maybe each one of us ought to find our little “muse” town and make arrangements for sporadic creative bursts and go back to our cities recharged and ready to put in motion those great ideas.
A destination for over 2 million people every year, this small village of ten thousands inhabitants is perhaps a great example of a town that inspires urban dwellers to seek the outdoors throughout the year.
On the north-west coast of Corsica, the fishing village of Saint-Florent is a popular tourist destination. Great seafood, wineries, famous Mediterranean beaches and a full range of mountain roads nearby make for a busy yet relaxed hideaway.