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.

Tuscan-Wine-Country
View from Montecalvi
Montecalvi
Montecalvi wines
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The Montecalvi 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.

 

il-falconiere
At Il Falconiere
Il Falconiere Rose Prosceco
Il Falconiere Rose Prosceco

 

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!

 

 

Siena
Siena, Italy; Image via Redbubble
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Making Pici Pasta; Image via Honest Food

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.

 

 

 

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