- 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: