The Oltrepo Pavese was an amazing discovery, with its rolling, vineyard clad hills with enchanting little villages or farmhouses perched on the top. I don't know how it has managed to stay such a well-kept secret for so long, because to me it is like a little Tuscany with its scenery, its excellent wines and delightful local food. And Villa Arabella is the perfect place to explore it from. Arabella and Paul have beautifully restored and decorated their spacious villa in its lovely, secluded garden and although it was not swimming weather at the time, the large pool looked extremely inviting. It is something very special.