Wednesday, July 9, 2014

When in Tuscany

After a few nights in Florence, we took the suggestion of a few friends back home and decided to take a side trip to Siena.


While we loved our little apartment in Florence, we were excited to explore a smaller town in Tuscany. Within 20 min or so from stepping off the bus in Siena, the manfriend and I agreed we were in love with the little Tuscan town. It was just the thing we needed to relax a bit.


I lucked out by booking us an affordable hotel (porta romano) for about $85/night with this view. 


That evening we grabbed slices of pizza from a local gourmet market with an awesome bakery and also picked up a bottle of Brunello di Monticelo wine, which is sort of notorious in this area and delicious!


El Campo where the town was gathering for the culmination of the big contrada (horse racing) event that had just taken place.


We then enjoyed the wine on the hotel's patio with a side of this view. 


Monday, we booked a small wine tour so that we could see the country side and really enjoy the chianti wine region. It was a small group with just one other couple and allowed us to learn more about the region and do a wine a food pairing tasting at a small organic winery, St. Agnese. 


The owner and leader of our tasting was hilarious, which added to the experience.



This family winery also makes their own high quality olive oil, 8 and 30(!) year old balsamic, bruschetta and truffle oil and only ships directly to the purchaser (not retailers).


Everything was amazing, but we ended up purchasing one bottle of Chianti Classico to drink later in our trip. If I wanted to spend more, I would have been tempted to buy the olive oil and balsamic as the flavors of both were amazing.


We capped off our time in Siena with dinner out and snickers gelato that was most definitely the best gelato we have had on our trip.

And now we are on our way to Muenchen (Munich) for a few nights. 

                 {View from our train}

I won't lie that after being away from home for this long, the manfriend and I have both started to feel a bit guilty (and tired of spending SO much $ on everything). But, we don't take vacation often and this really is a once in a lifetime kind of trip, so we are just trying to enjoy the moment. 

On the running front
I have only been out for three runs, but that is good considering I wasn't sure if I would get the chance to run at all. They have been only 30-40 min long, but something anyway. We have also been walking and biking most days, so that helps offset all the bread, cheese and wine we have consumed . ;)


I hope to take a yoga class or something in Paris, but we'll see!

Moral of the story: if you ever get the chance, visit Siena, Italy and enjoy the wine, views and relaxed pace of life. You won't be sorry. 

3 comments:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I am glad that you guys enjoyed this little unplanned, side trip to Siena. It looks beautiful and I can see why you enjoyed spending time in a smaller city after spending time in bigger ones!

I hope that you have a great time in Munich. I was there in 2004 and thought it was a cool city! And way to go on getting some runs in! It's tough to do that when traveling. And try as hard as you can to not feel guilty about the money you are spending, etc, because this is truly a once in a lifetime kind of trip! But as a person who easily feels guilty, I can understand why it's hard not to feel guilty.

I'm particularly excited for you to get to Paris!!!!

missris said...

I'm also someone who feels guilty about spending money, even when on vacation. D always tells me "You can always make more money, but you can't always go back to X city/country" and he's totally right. You guys are on a once-in-a-lifetime trip! I hope you're enjoying it!

Amber said...

Oh it looks amazing. I'm dying to go back to Italy one day and when we do I definitely want to visit Tuscany and wine country.

I definitely know the feeling of feeling a bit tired and guilty while on a long trip. We felt that way on both of our large trips to Europe. But afterwards we never have had any regrets about all the money we spent so try to enjoy it and stay in the moment while there :)