The hardest part of living in Tuscany is WHERE DO YOU START??
When you have done a little research on the towns and villages of Tuscany it becomes overwhelming in deciding which to visit. Each has its own unique food, wine, historical elements and charm that figure into the mind numbing choices. Then you whittle down by distance, bus and train availability, or automotive feasibility (not to mention the economic considerations of Rental cars and fuel) and you realize even a Local hasn't visited the majority of these Italian treasures.
We will just have to return, I believe we could spend March-May in Italy for the next 10 years and still have places to visit. Italy has 49 UNESCO World Heritage sites, no other country comes close.
|Siena's most beautiful Duomo, maybe the nicest in Italy.
The Baptistery in Siena, the Font sculpted byDonatello
|Views of Voltarra, San Ginminagna ( stunning village of towers) and the obligatory Gelato,
These guys won the World Championship.
A wonderful day Under The Tuscan Sun for me was June 2, 2014. It just happened to be a national holiday in Italy know as Republic Day or Festa della Rebubblica in Italian. (It celebrates the day when Italians voted to abolish the monarchy in 1946 so their country could become a republic).
Florence was going to be crowded and busy - so what a great day for us to be invited to hang out in the country with our new friends Harpert and Elena:
|Un pasto meravigilioso! Vi ringrazio tanto!
|Our next stop is a visit down the road to Elena and Harperts friends - Allesandro and Otello. They own Tenuta Villa Rosa, a winery in Castellina in Chianti.
This was definitely a treat for us.....
|We are introduced to Allesandro, as you can tell he and Elena are very close friends!
|We are captivated by Otello, as he introduces us to the winery.
(I think Harpert was looking for the Black Rooster)
|We get our own private tasting and you can tell Otello is a very proud Papa of his Chianti Classico 2010 vintage!
|Rich gets the first taste...
|Thanks for the tour Otello! We need more than a tasting now, bring that wine outside....
|Evviva! to Otello and Alessandro - Grazie!!
Also, Happy Birthday to Otello, we had a wonderful evening singing birthday songs to Otello!
|...and that is the story of Under the Tuscan Sun!
Thank you Elena and Harpert for helping make our stay in Tuscany a memorable one!