A Tuscany Adventure
A stick shift car, three Americans and the long windy rides of Tuscany make for an experience of a lifetime. I've been getting a lot of submissions and questions about my time spent in Tuscany so I figured it was time to look at my time spent in the countryside of Tuscany!
The best part about studying in Italy is having the opportunity to travel the countryside of Tuscany! The rolling green hills, small towns and endless wineries are the best way to describe the countryside of Tuscany. Arriving to our beautiful white villa in Selvatelle took my breath away. Waking up to the smell of fresh bread brought from the baker, to drinking your coffee overlooking the small town of Peccioli had me wondering how I could be so lucky. My parents came to visit me in Italy for 12 days and four of these days were spent driving through Tuscany. During this time we went to 6 towns in Tuscany Selvatelle, Volterra, Sienna, Peccoili, Lucca and Pisa. All these quaint little towns are filled with history, beauty, culture and adventure.
A beautiful small winery and the aroma of wine consisted of our first stop which was wine tasting at Fattoria Fibbiano. We got a private tour with the owner of the winery, Giuseppe, and this is where we turned my dad into a wine enthusiast. I may not be the best at picking out the elements in each wine, but all I know is that the taste was amazing and I didn't waste a drop. I highly suggest this small winery over a big one because you get a personal tour and experience like no other.
Keep scrolling to see pictures and descriptions from some of the places we visited in Tuscany.
Sienna, a town bigger than I imagined, was filled with beautiful architecture and colors. Here I got to watch my dad see a professional Italian bike race. Now this may seem like a strange thing to do in Italy, but when your dad is a cyclist, this was like his very own Disneyland. Not many people get to say they watched a pro cycling race in Italy, and let me tell you it's surreal watching what you usually see on TV in person. The loud crowds cheering and Italian flags waving all around made for the perfect day even if it was rainy, cold and windy! The duomo in Sienna is absolutely a must see and going to the Piazza del Campo was stunning.
My favorite stop on the trip was Lucca! This small walled city is absolutely beautiful. The blossoming trees, quiet streets, and riding your bikes around the wall of the city was just what we needed as our trip through Tuscany was coming to an end. The weather was great all day until we started to ride our bikes around the wall and well... a downpour hit us and we got soaked. While we waited for the rain to stop we got to talk to the most lovely old man who has lived in Lucca his whole life. He told us about his family and why the small town of Lucca was so amazing. Lucca isn't too far from bigger cities like Florence, it is a short drive to the water where you can lay out on the beach, and it isn't too far from the mountains. In a sense, Lucca reminded me of SoCal, where we have the mountains, the beach and the city.
On our way back to Florence, we decided to stop in Pisa to see the one landmark that makes it so famous, the Leaning Tower. I wasn't sure how much of a slant it had, but it is definitely leaning and so crazy to think it is still standing. You only need an hour to see the Leaning Tower and snap a few pics, but I'm so glad we made this quick stop on our way back to Florence.
I was so excited to be able to show my parents around Florence and watch them experience Europe for the first time. Our trip through Tuscany was one that I will remember forever.