Tuscany -What a jewel!

I am so sorry about this radio silence. I have been busy with work and then with traveling..three weekends in a row traveling. Now home for two weekends and then traveling again!

First I have to tell you about Tuscany. It is amazing. I have been to southern part of Italy and I have been to Northern part of Italy on the Swiss border but never been to Tuscany and my dream to go there got finally true.

We booked a villa close to the small town called Montepertoli. This villa was a recommendation of my husband’s work colleague. It was  a hot tip, the place was fantastic. Huge lemon and orange trees growing around it. There was a tennis court overlooking to the vineyards and the valley, a swimming pool, we had a huge own terrace with banana lounges and it was just exceptionally good. The owners were the most warm hearted people I have ever met and everything was just perfect. We had their own red and white wine plus a bottle of grappa waiting for us in our villa to welcome us.

You need a car to get there and in general you definitely need to drive in Tuscany to see all the hidden spots. The villa -La Pianore- we booked can be found here. The pictures on the website are far from flattering but I guess the business goes so well that they do not need to invest in marketing.

Here are some photos from villa -the view was stunning!

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It was raining before we got there so the tennis court was a bit wet but all the time we stayed there was sunny and warm and we enjoyed playing tennis overlooking to the valley!

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Then some red hot tips of the towns to visit:

Volterra -a medieval town was fantastic and so was Sienna. Other place I can warmly recommend is Florence, it was one of the  most beautiful cities I have been to. Breathtaking! The Renaissance still has its footprint there in the most gorgeous cathedral and statues all around the square. Eating was so cheap. We went to a really lovely brasserie near the cathedral and it was 1e for an Americano that was one of the best coffees I have ever drunk!

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Cathedral of Florence. The recent National geographic magazine had an article of the cathedral of Florence and the dome of it. The construction work took 175 years!!! It was such a funny consequence to read this article whilst being in Italy and being able to view it straight after reading the article. 

One place to visit is http://www.vicchiomaggio.it/. It is a vinyard we went to. The wine is fantastic! The reds were for my taste. Deep strong flavours. They produce mainly Chianti Classico but they also do wine 100% merlot although it is 205e a bottle!!  We had a lovely 3 course lunch there with wine picked for the meals. The surroundings of this castello as they call the vineyards are beautiful and  the tour was super informative -it was so interesting to see the cellar, vineyard, hear about wine and olive oil making. I warmly recommend this place. They have also accommodation at the castello.

Our trip was fantastic until our daughter got chickenpox 4 days before we were supposed to travel home. WOW. Crazy. She got such a  bad pox that we did  not sleep for two nights as she was in so much pain, high fever. The most ironic thing was that as a doctor’s daughter I always pack all  the possible medication with me including several varieties of antibiotics etc. When packing for the trip I remember thinking if I should take the chickenpox cream with me just in case…and I did not…so ironic. 

Anyway, go to Tuscany if you have a chance to it is a wonderful place!

 

 

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