On the cypresses road – visiting Tuscany
I am a big fan of Italian language and really really hope to learn it one and was looking for a budget escape in Italie…I started with Rome, but found it way too expensive for a long weekend, then Venice, but could not find a good deal and decided to head to Pisa and Florence. Why not after all? Who hasn’t seen ”Under the Tuscan sun” and hasn’t dreamt of drinking mouthwatering wine under the shadow of a cypress tree ??? So, bought the tickets and Andiamo a Pisa!
First day: Pisa
We flu to Pisa and our first stop was the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. We just hung around and made tonnes of pictures. Pisa is a nice city with beautiful streets and buildings and little cafes. Before taking the train to Florence we drank two espressos to celebrate our Italian escape! In the late afternoon, we took the train to Florence. It took us almost an hour to get to Florence. We arrived in the late afternoon and went straight away to the Hotel Astro Mediceo – a cozy place with a great interior. I highly recommend it for the good price, the great breakfast and its closeness to the city center.
Second day: Florence
We had no plan. We did not decide in advance what we are going to see, do and visit in Florence. We just went for a walk. First and absolute must-do was Piazza del Duomo and Il Duomo di Firenze. We climbed on the top of the Dome and admired the panoramic view. Then we walked around the city and reached Ponte Vecchio continuing our walk to Piazzale Michelangelo and the surrounding park. In the late afternoon, we came back to the city center and pay a visit to Mercato Centrale (Central Market). That’s the place to buy some souvenirs and food if you wish. The evening finished with a nice dinner and a bottle of Chianti.
Third day: Wine tasting tour
In the morning we went back to the city center for a walk, gelato and souvenirs (Florence is famous with its leather bags and shoes – got a pair of sandals and a little matching bag ): and in the afternoon we went on a Chianti Half-Day Afternoon tour. That was the highlight of the trip! We went on an organized tour with a group. This wine-tasting tour included a visit of two wineries. We traveled for about an hour and arrived at the first one: Azienda Agricola Poggio Amorelli. We tasted there about 5 different wines with bites, cheese and truffle and olive oil starting with the lighter one and progressing to the strongest ones. It was an amazing experience as we got explanation about all of them in details and felt fuzzy after the degustation ):. Azienda Agricola Poggio Amorelli has an online shop and ships worldwide.
The second wine-tasting was a completely different experience as it was in a small shop in the Castello di Monteriggioni. Azienda Agricola Montechiaro di Alessandro Griccioli welcomed us in their little shop and we tasted two different types of wine. This wine-tasting was more cozy and can be qualified as a ”drinking wine with locals” compared to the first one which was more exquisit and scientifically explained. We had time to walk around the castle and to make some pictures after the degustation.
Fourth day: Ciao Bellissima Firenze! Arrivederci a presto!