Under the Tuscan Sun

I read that book many years ago & I saw the movie too. Ever since, I’ve longed to be under the Tuscan sun, and today was a good day for it because it’s HOT. Early this morning, we ventured to San Gimignano, a walled Medieval village in the province of Siena. What a beautiful place. It reminded me of a cross between the Tower of London and York but with more Roman architecture. Steep inclines and cobblestone roads, quaint shops and galleries filled with local merchants and their goods, and a church at the very top of the city are what I’ll remember most.

Along the way we saw vineyards upon vineyards upon vineyards. They are vast and beautiful. The plots of land so distinctive. The Cyprus trees align the landscape like frames. In fact, this even we are taking a wine tour. And that Tuscan sun.

Tuscany is , in fact, THE place to rectify my wine vineyard virginity.  I’ve never been to a vineyard, yet another one to check off the bucket list. Anthony and I had a private tour with the owner, and adorable man named Guiseppe. It was evident right away that he loves what he does. He, along with his two sons, one a sommelier, own and operate Fattoria Fibbiano. We toured the vineyards and the wine cellar. He told us about the history of the place along with the wine-making process. Next he treated us to a tasting of six different wines made on premise : 1 white, 1 rosé, 3 red, & 1 Chianti. He also treated us to some bread, cheese, prosciutto & salami. He was vastly entertaining and informative. And, yes, we bought some wine & I’d recommend it highly.

Guiseppe also recommended we visit a little village on top of the mountain called Peccioli. We parked at ground level and took a lift up 6 stories where the quaint walled village is. By the time we got there, it was about closed, but the locals were there, and what a sight to see.


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