During our stay in Florence, we took a full day tour of the Tuscan countryside. We headed out early in the morning with our private tour guide and quickly realized that we were in for a real treat. The fields of sunflowers, the vineyards, the hillsides… all of it is just as picturesque as the movies portray them! Absolutely gorgeous!!!
Our first stop was the quaint, hilltop village of San Gimignano. We walked through the whole thing in less than 5 minutes. It’s really tiny, but has great views of the hillside around it.
Then we headed to an Agriturismo, which is basically a Bed & Breakfast that also makes their own products for sale. This particular one, made their own wine, cheese and olive oil. We sat on this patio and had a delicious meal followed by my first taste of Vin Santo (an amazing dessert wine). Yum!!
Below you can see the “towers” of San Gimignano off in the distance. The view was breathtaking.
We learned that it is very common for the vineyard terrain to be fairly dry and rocky. Some of the most expensive wine comes from a region known as Chianti Clássico, where the soil is even more rocky. Apparently, the harder you make the grapes work for their nutrients, the better they (and thus the wine) will be.
Then we headed to yet another winery to get a tour of the grounds. Of course we got to sample their products, which also included pecorino cheese, salami and balsamic vinegar. My mouth is watering again.
We stopped at one last village on our way back to Florence, but I honestly can’t remember the name. When we go back to Italy someday, I want to spend a whole week touring this beautiful countryside. It is truly amazing!