Preface - I've started writing this blog in February and now it's [May], no, July...
When I started writing this blog, I have tried to find a way to describe Tuscany. 'Charming Tuscany' seems to be topping the charts, and I think it's quite an accurate description.
Tuscany was on top of our list when we planned the trip. I was really eager to stay at one of the agriturismo's and experience a more rustic Italian lifestyle. We were choosing between staying in Chianti or Val d'Orcia, and picked the latter in the end. The region is protected by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites and you can immediately see why (hint - it's stunning).
We drove south from Florence towards Pienza, before taking a turn to Podere Spedalone, our home for three days. The moment you step out of the car you are greeted by Alessandro, who runs the place with his family.
When you are there, it feels like you are staying with your family. It's a great place to 're-charge' your inner batteries and relax from hustle and bustle of big European cities.
Every evening all guests gather together for a big family dinner, starting with aperitivo, when guests are served Prosecco, amazing cheeses and cured meats, followed by a home-made five course dinner.
Everyone knows Tuscany is photogenic, I think it has a special light making everything look good. Pictures I took in Tuscany are probably my favourite.
I'd love to visit this place in Spring to see blooming tuscan hills.
During this time, we only made one trip outside of our temporary home, and visited Montepulciano and Pienza
We then drove to Pienza and spent an afternoon there. In about 30 minutes you can walk around the entire town. It's hard to believe people actually live there.
Montepulciano is famous for it's wines, it's fairly easy to buy them even in New Zealand, both in wine shops and restaurants.
Until next time...