There's nothing quite like waking up in Tuscany on a hot summer's day in Italy.
This August, I spent two weeks gliding through Tuscany's rolling valleys and romantic cities. Soaking up the sun in this region required equally chic and elegant swimwear.
Coco Bay's beautiful pieces accompanied me from rustic medieval cities to villa pools surrounded by vineyards.
Here are my 5 favourite moments from Tuscany this summer, in collaboration with Coco Bay.
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San Casciano was a dream. For 3 days, I called a secluded country villa called La Fonte del Macchiavelli home.
Sunshine? Check. Pool? Check. Tranquility? Check.
Basking in the midday heat
Enjoying history with a side of gelato
Wandering around the city of Lucca, with no express purpose other than finding some world-class gelato.
Wearing: Seafolly Coyote Sun Hat (Natural)
Exploring medieval castle ruins and rocks
At a beautiful, secluded beach named Cala Grande.
Admiring pastel sunrise over the ocean
Tuscany's beautiful coastal peninsula is called Monte Argentario. We woke up at the crack of dawn to hike through a forest and down a path to get to this hidden beach, just in time for sunrise.
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Mel left London to chase summer around the world, one country at a time. She loves the ocean, writing postcards, and solo exploration. Travel with her on Instagram.