Tuscany

Favourite Experiences:

  • The stunning views from the top of Cortona at Chiesa Santa Margherita
  • Eating the best ragu I’ve had in my life in Montepulciano
  • Dinner at Villa La Palagina, a beautiful hotel in the middle of Chianti that we found by accident
  • Watching my mom try to drive a mini-van for the first time on the A1, where the average speed is 140km/hour

In June 2014, my mom took our family on a ten day Tuscan vacation. She had always wanted to do a more in-depth exploration of Tuscany and lucky for us, she wanted us come along with her.

We flew into Rome to explore the city and take a tour of the Vatican before heading out to Tuscany for the duration of the trip. Our home base in Tuscany was a small village called Figline Valdarno. We rented a mini-van and each day we drove through beautiful vineyards and countryside to explore a handful of Tuscan towns. During our trip, we visited Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, Cortona, Siena, San Gimignano and Orvieto. Most of these villages are perched on hilltops and offer stunning views of the Tuscan Hills as well as great restaurants, beautiful churches and plenty of shopping. As a group, we all agreed that our favourite village was Cortona because it felt the most authentic and had the best views. We also took the train into Florence one day for some sightseeing and shopping.

This was such a fantastic trip with the most beautiful scenery I have encountered in Europe. Below are my favourite photos from my trip to Tuscany:

The Altare della Patria (Wedding Cake) in Rome

The Altare della Patria (Wedding Cake) in Rome

Inside the Colosseum in Rome

Inside the Colosseum in Rome

Hotel de Russie, Rome

Hotel de Russie, Rome

Looking Up Inside the Vatican

Looking Up Inside the Vatican

Castel Sant Angelo, Over Tiber River in Rome

Castel Sant Angelo, Over Tiber River in Rome

The Town of Figline Valdarno

The Town of Figline Valdarno

Villa Casagrande in Figline Valdarno

Villa Casagrande in Figline Valdarno

Palazzo Comunale in Montepulciano

Palazzo Comunale in Montepulciano

Views of Montepulciano from the Bell Tower

Views of Montepulciano from the Bell Tower

Palazzo Comunale from the Bell Tower in Montepulciano

Palazzo Comunale from the Bell Tower in Montepulciano

The Cathedral in Pienza

The Cathedral in Pienza

Watching the Storm Roll in from the walls of Pienza

Watching the Storm Roll in from the walls of Pienza

The Famous (& Smelly) Pecorino Cheese from Pienza

The Famous (& Smelly) Pecorino Cheese from Pienza

Tasting Brunellos in Montalcino

Tasting Brunellos in Montalcino

Driving into Cortona

Driving into Cortona

Views of Lago Trasimeno from Cortona

Views of Lago Trasimeno from Cortona

Piazza della Republica in Cortona

Piazza della Republica in Cortona

Hiking Up to Chiesa Santa Margherita in Cortona

Hiking Up to Chiesa Santa Margherita in Cortona

Inside Chiesa Santa Margherita in Cortona

Inside Chiesa Santa Margherita in Cortona

Via Santa Margherita in Cortona

Via Santa Margherita in Cortona

Villa la Palagina

Villa la Palagina, Such a beautiful hotel! Check it out at: http://palagina.it

Villa la Palagina

Villa la Palagina

Villa la Palagina

Villa la Palagina

Florence

Florence

Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Ponte Vecchio in Florence

The River Arno in Florence

The River Arno in Florence

Views of Florence from the Terrace at Hotel degli Orafi

Views of Florence from the Terrace at Hotel degli Orafi

Chianti Region

Chianti Region

Driving through the Chianti Region

Driving through the Chianti Region

San Gimignano from the Bell Tower

San Gimignano from the Bell Tower

Rooftops of San Gimignano

Rooftops of San Gimignano

Pubblico Palace in Sienna

Pubblico Palace in Siena

Duomo in Siena

Duomo in Siena

Orvieto

Orvieto

Orvieto

Orvieto

Orvieto

Orvieto

Katie

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