Monday, October 15, 2012

Florence- Part II

One day in Florence was entirely dedicated to Tuscany!  We hired a private driver to take us around to different wineries, hill-top villages, and places to taste olive oil & balsamic vinegar.  We absolutely loved our guide and Derek and I learned so much that day!  In fact, this day was probably our most memorable and favorite out of the whole trip.  As you’ll be able to tell, the weather was not the greatest, but it did not ruin our time!


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First stop, Florence’s most romantic overlook, Piazza San Michelangelo. 

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We went to many medieval hill top villages.  My favorite was probably San Gimignano.  I loved the little shops at each stop and also to take in the history of each place!

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We made a quick stop in Sienna; although, I can see how people make this an overnight stop.  We learned a lot about this city and it amazed Derek and I.  If you ever have some free time, google this city…it is like no other in the world!

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Our first wine tasting was at Vescine Castelvecchi Winery.  We did all of our tastings in the Chianti Classico region. We learned quite a bit about wine.  We were able to tour the facilities and learn about the regulations winemakers must comply to in order to be sold as Chianti Classico.

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The scenery was of course unbelievable.  We were were able to look and walk through some of the vines and actually tasted the sangiovese grape, which is the type used with Chianti Classico wine!

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Another winery that was very memorable was the Montagliari Winery.  We met the actual owner and winemaker, David.  In fact, we had a glass of wine and GRAPPA with him!  He also produced balsamic vinegar and olive oil at his winery. After touring, we learned that the balsamic vinegar as we know it, is completely different than the true stuff!  It takes 20 years to make the true balsamic vinegar.  Crazy, huh?


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And that was the quick overview of our day!  We would definitely go back to Tuscany if we ever go back to Italy.  We would explore the Brunello and Barolo regions….maybe someday we will get the chance!



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11 comments:

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

wow..hiring a driver is such a great idea!! Your pictures are beautiful!! And wine tasting in Italy is definitely on my bucket list!!

Lauren said...

Beautiful pictures! The view from the hill in the first few is absolutely amazing! :) And hiring a driver is such a great idea. What a great way to ensure you see the best parts of the city!

Lauren
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Kristen said...

So fun, of course! :) And I didn't know that about balsamic vinegar either!

Anne said...

Ah, so fun! And a great idea to have a driver - when I was there with my family my dad and grandpa drove us around to many of these places, but it would be more enjoyable to not have to navigate :) We loved San Gimignano, and now I want to go back and do the wine tasting/learning...

Fashion Lookbook said...

What an amazing place!

Courtney said...

All of those pictures are amazing! You looks like a little European model posing in front of those scenery pictures.

Lauren said...

Those wine tastings look amazing, wish I could go do that some day :-)

Holly said...

Looks amazing! My family is Italian, so I'm so jealous of your trip! Hopefully Shawn and I get there one day soon! Looks like you two had a blast!

Katrin said...

I love your pictures, Katie! Thank you so much for sharing! My best friend Julia lived in Florence for a year and that city is fantastic!

dave and jenn said...

So, so beautiful! Wow, looks like the trip of a lifetime.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

The pictures of the hills and mountains are just gorgeous! And the wine....yum!