While we were with my parents we took several day-trips to the surrounding towns. Our first was Montepulciano – one of many lovely Medieval towns in the area. Apparently Montepulciano recently served the the dubious role of movie set for New Moon (Karin, you would know more about this than I would,wink wink). Vampire movies aside, this is a beautiful place.
We also visited a really cool winery – Castello di Meleto. The castle itself dates from 1229 when it belonged to Benedictine Monks. It has since changed hands a few times and is now an agritourismo. The interior is delightfully Rococo.
We also checked out Siena. As Scotty and I had been there before and pretty much seen what we wanted to, we enjoyed the main piazza, soaking up the sunshine while we were able. My mom and I also visited a great gourmet Italian grocery store and I stocked up on some absolutely delicious Balsamic vinegars and glazes. Mmm.
Our adventures also took us to Cortona – a city I would love to spend more time in, and a few other places. Tuscany is such a dreamy destination. And in a lot of ways I feel like Italy is completely overwhelming. There is a space in my head that knows I could spend every vacation of the rest of my life in Italy and only begin to scratch the surface. Previous trips had introduced me to places I would love to return to and this was no different. But once our time in Tuscany was over, we were headed to Rome! I couldn’t wait to meet this fabled city. Ever since I was a child I’ve thought about visiting the Colosseum, walking down the Apian Way, looking over the Forum – and now I was about to do all these things!