Week-long vacations with the entire extended family don't come around often, but here I sit, in a beautiful villa nestled into a countryside mountain in Massarosa, Italy, surrounded by loved ones. I'll try to keep the words to a minimum and simply share my experience through images.

We're staying in an incredible home that affords one of the most beautiful views you'll see in a lifetime. Oh, and there's both a pool and a tennis court.

I could spend days exploring hill towns and driving up and down the tortuous roads (if they even merit being called roads) that lead to them.

We spent a day visiting the Cinque Terre, a group of 5 seaside towns characterized by crystal-clear inlet pools and picturesque red, yellow and pink medieval houses and shops.

I hope you've enjoyed the photos so far! I'm certainly enjoying the trip, and I'll be back with more stories and images in a few days!