Italy | Part 1: The Italian Countryside
When we got the last minute invite from our dear friends John and Kathy to spend a week in Italy our pre-baby, pre-parent selves said "YES!!!" Before Jack we traveled all the time, we were spontaneous, we indulged in a luxury that, now-a-days means going out for frozen yogurt 30 minutes before bath time. I know we're nuts!!
After our initial reaction we took a step back and decided to try to make it happen. We arranged for my parents to stay at our place with our little monster, created itineraries so that my mom wouldn't go stir crazy with our toddler (they had an amazing time!), we managed the major guilt we felt about even thinking of leaving our son for so long. Finally once we'd gotten to the point where we could press "ENTER" on the travel website, the travel gods tried to tell us "No!". We bought our tickets and then THEY CANCELED OUR FIGHTS!! Long story short and some very shady business practices later, we ended up finding a reputable website (thank you Kayak) with tickets within our budget and we were wheels up.
We landed in Rome at 6am and from then on we hit the ground running! Our goal, to maximize our time! That being said we picked up our rental car and raced to meet everyone for a 11:30am wine tasting. Driving in Italy is actually quite easy, especially since there are no discernible speed limits or police. When you do see a police car you look over and the driver is smoking and sipping a cappuccino! I'm totally serious!
Our first stop on our Tuscan wine tour was Winery Poliziano. A stunning winery in Montepulciano. Not only were the wines delicious but the tour guide, Jenny, an ex-pat from the states, was super knowledgable about every aspect of the Italian wine making process.
Our second stop was Winery Avignonesi another beautiful winery, flawlessly maintained. This winery looks straight out of my favorite movie The Godfather. Made out of beautiful stone with ivy covering part of it's walls and tall cypress and mature trees every where. Winery Avignonesi served delicious wines but our favorite was their desert wine, aged for 15 years until it becomes the consistency of a cordial. So yummy!
Our final stop was Villa Loggio and this winery was by far the favorite! Along with the wine tasting the wine maker served us an amazing spread of meat, cheese, fruit, olives and other delicious Italian appetizers! The grounds of Villa Loggio were again reminiscent of old world Italy, the cool thing about this winery is that you can actually stay there! We all toyed with the idea of moving in lol!
If a trip to the Italian countryside is in your future I would highly recommend all these wineries!
A special thank you to Ophir Haim who grabbed the camera so I could be in a couple photos, he did awesome!!
Here are some photos from our time in Tuscany, enjoy!
Stay tuned for my post about our day in Florence, coming soon!!
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