Beautiful Montefioralle. This quiet and quaint little village is in the Chianti region of Tuscany. There are those that claim is the birthplace of Amerigo Vespucci. (And we all know who this was, right?) In May 2012 we stopped for a walking tour. It felt somewhat eery as there were NO people. Maybe they were all taking naps?
This is the amazing view from Castello di Monteriggioni in Toscana. As the sun set after a long day of touring, wining and tasting we settled in at the Fattoria, Castello di Monteriggioni near Siena. Before dinner we walked all around this little town where there are no autos allowed. Built in the early 1200’s, Monteriggioni is an excellent example of a medieval walled town. You can find mention of this fairyland in Dante’s Inferno. Photo taken in May of 2012.
I spied these stylish Italian beehives during a splendid afternoon and evening at Agriturismo Il Greppo, a lovely winery and bed/breakfast located somewhere between Siena and Montepulciano. Before dinner and as the sun was setting amongst the vineyard, we were treated to tour of the grounds, the production room and a full round of wine tasting. As a result I left with an entire case of Vino Nobile. Il Greppo wines are based on the Sangiovese grape. and their main production is Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. We also tasted Rosso di Montepulciano, Chianti and Vin Santo. Una bella esperienza!
This is Osteria Del Cinghiale Bianco, the restaurant in the Oltrarno district in Florence where we ate before heading over to the Arno to take pictures. It looks like so many other restaurants throughout the area. When we got there, we were very early by Italian standards – around 6:00pm. They grudgingly gave us a seat, even though we didn’t have reservations. Evidently this place isn’t all that easy to get into during the high tourist season. The early seating was full of tourists who are unable to wait until 10pm for dinner with the locals. When we left, there was a line down the street to get in. Maybe eating early wasn’t such a bad thing.
Sunset on the beautiful Arno river in Firenze in May 2012. On one of our the last nights of our tour in Tuscany we headed across the bridge to the Oltrarno district and had a quick dinner at Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco, which was quite good. We made it a quick dinner because we wanted to get back over to the Arno river to take pictures at sunset. The restaurant was in a perfect location, right off the river – so we were perfectly positioned to get our prized snaps.
Tuscany has to be one of the best photographic experiences. I would say “the best” but cooking ranks up there somewhere, right? So grab your camera and your plane ticket, Tuscany awaits you! If you are looking for tour recommendations, check the main page of my website, http://www.italyandme.com I have some links to different tours and such listed. See what you think.