After three days in Venice, we caught the water boat to the station for our first train ride to Tuscany! Riding through the countryside and neighboring cities, we arrived in Florence in a little over two hours. Starving as we picked up our rental car, we made a quick Whopper stop at none other than Burger King (of all places in Italy, I know…we keep it classy) and hit the open roads toward the wine country of Italy, Tuscany (Montepulciano to be exact). This was actually the only time we had a car since we planned to drive out to a place that didn’t have much transportation. It was such a relaxing town and the way we planned our cities wasn’t exactly intentional but we were really happy with the order of it. From the bustling city, to the refreshing water, then peaceful countryside. We spent the next few days taking it extremely easy, really just wandering the town a bit, eating pasta, and driving around the countryside. Surprisingly it was the coldest city of all (it almost felt like winter!) so we weren’t able to do the wind-blowing-in-your-hair-as-the-sun-sets-behind-the-hills vespa thing (insert visual of Harry and Lloyd on scooter per Dumb and Dumber here).
After another few days, we drove back into Florence to spend our remaining days in the beautiful city. Florence was a bit reminiscent of Paris with all the great shops, food vendors, and cobblestone alleys. We loved it! As it was the last stretch of our time away from the states, we were satisfying some more of our home food cravings even eating Chinese and Mexican food.
A look into Tuscany and Florence!
Arriving at our B&B, Locanda San Francesco, on the highest point
in town and this beautiful view. This was one of the best places we’ve stayed.
Super intimate with just four rooms, complimentary snacks and delicious breakfast,
and warm hospitality. And of course, that view.
We watched the sun set behind the hills every evening from our hotel
Beautiful doors of Italy
This is a winery called Cantine d’Ricci, the oldest winery we’ve ever been to.
Actually, it’s one of the oldest wineries in the world. We followed
the stairs down into the underground cave and there was almost a slight
spookiness because of it’s age. It was pretty amazing being transported back, to see
that wine has been made even thousands of years back.
Arriving in Florence!
View from our B&B
And…that’s a wrap! And…now I want to go back 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in our travel journey!