Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tuscany October 2010

We picked up our rental car and left Rome at 10:00 AM on Thursday morning with very limited directions on how to get out of the center of the city. Thankfully, the GPS we brought with us finally found our location and directed us to the main highway and out of the city. It was smooth sailing to Montalcino. Senor Ping handled the 5 speed Ford Fiesta just like a race car driver, maneuvering the narrow winding roads. We located the agriturisimo that we were booked into for the next 4 nights, but they were closed over the lunch hour so we drove the 3 km back up the hill to Montalcino to explore.....bad move!!! We took the wrong turn at the top of the hill and ended up going down a one-way steep, dirt back road. The only consolation was that we were followed by another car. They stopped to ask directions in English, at least we weren't the only lost tourists. A van stopped but he only spoke italian and so we really didn't get much assistance. We ended up going all the way to the bottom of the hill and then heading back up to the town.

We made our way back to the agriturisimo and checked into our room. We are staying in a villa on a fully operational vineyard. Our villa comes with a fully equipped kitchen, living/bedroom, bathroom and private terrace. The vineyard is just a few steps from our door. Our hosts gave us a tour of the property and then we unpacked and relaxed under the tuscan sunshine.

Our first evening we walked down the road a bit to a small trattoria for dinner. The food was excellent and the wine was delicious!!! We walked back to our villa and marveled at how peaceful it was.

1 comment:

Pat said...

Seriously, can life get any better than that?