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Four Days in Tuscany

Beautiful Italy!

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July 24th- Steve- I have not written since Rome and we have spent the four days in the beautiful town of Montaione, in the Firenze (Florence) district of Italy… This has really been an eye-opening experience- having never been here before, I did not quite understand what all the fuss was about “renting a house in Tuscany” in terms of vacation- I get it now! The area is a spider web of small towns, each one perched on a large hill, and each one with plenty of architecture remaining from medieval times!!!

Our drive here Tuesday from Rome was a memorable highlight and the three days at this hotel have been incredible. The kids love the large swimming pool and it is generally too hot to go out mid-day so we swim and take side trips in the morning and/or evening…We visited San Gimignagno which was cool but a bit of a tourist trap and then Volterra in the evening, which was an amazing castle-like village full of evening life and alabaster shops…Time seems to have stopped here- in the evenings, all of the older folk sit on their chairs outside and talk (men with men, women with women) and everyone gets a kick out of our kids!...

I hope the pictures we post do justice to how interesting every single street and side street is in these towns. The language barrier is really strong here. To give you an example: on Wednesday, it took me 2 hours and 4 different car trips and stops to find a Laundromat where I could do our clothes! And only last night I was finally able to order a pizza (more of this later) with pepperoni and olives- I had eaten many mistakes before climbing that particular summit…Our hotel is in Montaione, and we have explored every nook and cranny of our home base. Last night, Friday, we drove 20 minutes to a new town, Calderon, and took a cable car up to the top of a large hill to explore the medieval house of Boccaccio that has been turned into a museum- definitely a highlight.

Two more quick thoughts that I hope really summarize these last four days- 1) The pizza. We eat it every day, some days for lunch AND dinner. It is better than the hype, seriously, and each Pizzeria has its own distinct take on pizza. This has been such an awesome discovery. 2) The wine. Honestly, even better than the pizza! Here, a bottle costs about 5 euros (6 bucks) and the taste is incredible- Lisa and I have been in heaven each night with any of our selections! Today we head to the coast, to Verregio, so we will see what our next couple of days bring…

Posted by sandlb107 22:23 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel

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I am so excited to hear that you are loving Italy and the small Tuscan towns. It is so beautiful and you are right - pizza like no where else :) I am glad you got to see the towns in the evenings when most of the tourist go home - you get a real taste for the area and the people! I hope the next couple of days bring you sunshine, more great wine and lots of gelato for the kids. I love the pistachio flavor. Give XOXOXs to the kids. Can't wait to see more pictures.

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