I only have a few more Europe posts left, I swear! I know I’ve definitely taken my sweet time with them, but slow and steady wins the race, right?! I do love reliving our trip every time I go through more photos. I still can’t believe we actually dropped everything and went to Europe for a month. I mean…who even are we?! I’ll be forever thankful that we did, because boy was it a trip of a lifetime.
From Florence, we drove down to Tuscany. Ahhhhhh, Tuscany. As the world’s biggest fan of Under The Tuscan Sun, to say I was excited for Tuscany was an understatement! We rented a car* in Florence to make the quick couple hour drive down to our Airbnb in Tuscany, which was breathtaking. The amount of times we pulled over to take pictures of well, everything, was pretty ridiculous. But how could you blame us when you’re in one of the most beautiful places on earth?!
So, our Airbnb ended up being the best part of our entire trip. I’m not joking. For 20 euro, we ate meals with the family every night (which was hands down the most incredible food we’ve ever eaten) and they were SO welcoming and kind. It was everything you’ve ever thought of when it comes to Italian hospitality! They live on an olive tree farm, and they even showed us the factory where they make their olive oil. Amazing. I still dream about the food (and the olive oil. It was the best I’ve ever tasted!)
We did lots of day trips, and one of my favorites was visiting the hillside town of Montepulciano, which is where these photos were taken. The views from the top were truly magical! Miles and miles of vineyards and villages for as far as the eye can see. We explored quite a few of these hilltop towns, and they never got old! Though the town was very quiet (and a few things were closed) since it was off season, we still got the chance to go wine tasting at an amazing cellar our Airbnb host recommended. The cellar was called Cantina del Redi, and it was incredible inside! The building and wine caves date back to the 1300s. I mean?!?! The wine was SUPERB. We learned so much about Italian wine on this trip, and are huge Chianti fans now! If you’re in Montepulciano, definitely stop in and be amazed at the amazing wine and the caves. The wine barrels were the biggest I’d ever seen!
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We also stopped at Montalcino on this day, which was equally as magical and I would totally recommend it. If you’re interested in the Airbnb we stayed in, feel free and email or comment below. I seriously couldn’t recommend it more- plus it was SUPER cheap!!
Stay tuned for one more Tuscany post next week! 🙂
*Side note: If you want to drive a car in Italy, MAKE SURE you have an international driver’s license. It’s required in Italy, and somehow we didn’t do our homework beforehand and didn’t realize it. You can also get a Italian translation of your drivers license, which sort of works, but an international permit is preferred. We scrambled and had to visit the Embassy in Florence to find someone to translate Dave’s license because we couldn’t get a permit in time (it takes months)! It ended up working out (barely) but make sure you get yours in advance.