At last, after a total of 19 hours driving ( with stops) we have arrived at our friends farm in the Marche region of Italy. Caroline and Andrea moved from Hackney in London to set up a business running painting holidays at their farm near the town of Camerino, check out their website http://www.paintingholidaysitaly.com Caroline is an experienced artist and teacher as well as being witty and fun, and Andrea is a master craftsman and fantastic cook (he is also witty and fun) what better combo could you get? The farm is set in the hills below the university town of Camerino with stunning views in every direction. Le Marche is my favourite region of Italy, unspoilt by mass tourism with all the beauty of Tuscany but peopled by farmers rather than rich second homers. Here are some early morning views from the house.