Who doesn’t love Tuscany? Wine country+ Italian Hill Towns + Chianti= Yes Please! To see Tuscany is to relax in a villa, travel to tiny hill towns, sip the wines of the sangiovese grape, eat pasta, and visit vineyards.
Montecalvi Vineyard: Jacqueline Bolli walks you through her amazing vineyards and gives you a fabulous lesson in fermentation, Chianti and Italian Politics! This tiny all organic vineyard creates only three wines, a Chianti and two Super Tuscans. This for me was the highlight of Tuscany. Reservations are a must.
Relax at Il Falconiere, a lovely spa, vineyard, hotel, Michelin stared restaurant, and escape. Owners Silvia and Riccardo Baracchi get to know the guests, teach cooking classes, and all and all are a joy to talk to!
I lived in Siena many moons ago, and while the city has changed a bit, it is still my favorite due to its fabulous Piazza del Campo. Personally I believe a gelato and relaxing in the del Campo is perfection. Siena also boasts an impressive Duomo, so if you make it- spend an hour admiring the inlaid flours and frescos.