Good Morning! My husband and I had a recent conversation about taking Zoey to Europe hopefully this September (when she can finally walk, fingers crossed!). This reminded me of our honeymoon visit to Tuscany + Florence.
Yes, Tuscany is really that beautiful + serene! The rolling hills, olive trees, vineyards, etc. etc. etc. Just gorgeous!! Pictures can’t really depict the true experience and beauty of it all.
Below is more like a photo gallery of our trip.
We stayed at a couple of places in Tuscany and Podere Dell Anselmo was one of them. I highly recommend this place if you go to Tuscany. It’s in the heart of the rolling hills and has its own vineyard which you’ll see in some of the pictures below.
I love all the brilliant colors of the villas.
Rows and rows of grape vines. September is a good time to go b/c the summer vacation rush is over. This translates to cheaper ticket fares, perfect weather, less craziness due to less tourists, + it’s time to harvest the grapes.
I have to admit, I stole some and they were so worth it!
My husband took these next couple of shots. This was when the sun was just beginning to rise.
How peaceful is this?! Can you wake up to this view every morning?
This was where we had the 5 hr long dinners. I can’t believe that it takes that long to eat dinner but it’s a custom to do this in Italy. Where do you find the time? I’m not complaining, just wondering. Of course the dinners were delightful! They also offered cooking classes so you basically ate what you cook that night.
Checking work emails!
Ah- I remember this spot. I took a little nap here. The weather was PERFECT. Sunny but not steaming hot. The little bushes made great shades. It reminded me of those carefree summer days (of my childhood) when I would watch my mom cut and dry her own vegetables outside. Not sure how it relates, but the carefree feeling felt the same.
During our stay, we drove to Florence. This little town was where we stopped along the way.
The heart of Florence. Lively + vibrant, full of life!
I’m not sure whether Romeo + Juliet was based on a true story, but this place was somehow connected to Romeo + Juliet. Perhaps a film based on the story was filmed here? Not sure…
Lunch in Florence.
The architect here was MAGNIFICENT! So much details.
We stayed until sunset.
Before leaving, we stopped by a local market to get some ingredients for dinner. These are Porcini mushrooms. My husband LOVES Porcini. Not sure how much we bought them for but they are relatively one of the more expensive mushrooms in the states.
Another love of ours – truffles.
What’s for dinner? Pasta, Porcini mushrooms, + truffles. DELISH!
We had this little kitchen in our room. This should be standard everywhere b/c we love to buy local food and cook them while on trips. What better way to truly experience the places that you visit?
Of course, my husband was the cook of the night.
Working from half way around the world + cooking at the same time. Talk about multi-tasking!
We are not drinkers so I can’t appreciate good wine. Unless they’re sweet, like Plum wine (which I LOVE), they all taste like rubbing alcohol to me. This wine was made there straight from their vineyards. I recall that it was extremely strong. We didn’t enjoy it.
Dinner was so hearty and yummy!
Hope you enjoyed reliving the Tuscany + Florence moments w/ me!
Have you been to Italy, if so where’s your favorite place? Please share!
Til next post, Kellie.