Thursday, 3 April 2014

Picturesque Tuscany

As we drove into the region of Tuscany, I started to get goose bumps.  First of all, take a look at how picturesque this is! It’s exactly how I imagined Tuscany to look like and more, based on all the photos I’ve seen and everything I’ve seen on television.

The cypress trees, rolling hills and castles were all around me and I was trying to take it all in and just enjoy the moment.  You never get a second chance to experience something for the first time, and the first time is always what you remember the most. 

We decided to stay in Montalcino which is 120km south of Florence, for 3 nights. Montalcino is home to brunello wine, a red Italian wine produced in the surrounding town of Montalcino.  Also referred to as Brunello di Montalcino, this wine is made from1005 Sangovese grapes. There are very strict rules and regulations when making brunello.

We stayed in a hotel called Suite D’Artista, a lovely hotel in the heart of Montalcino. Our room came with a kitchenette and was an open concept with our bed and dining area in one big room. It looked like it belonged right out of the ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ movie.  It was nice to be able to sit outside of our room and enjoy the amazing views.  If you do stay here, just make sure you have a map or GPS because a few times, we were lost trying to get back to our hotel by car. The roads are extremely narrow and there are so many turns and exits and one ways streets.
Outside our hotel room at Suite D'Artista
Beautiful view of Montalcino from our hotel room

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