Tuscany, Italy :: Personal

Scott and I had the most amazing time in Italy!  We managed to spend a little over 2 weeks exploring this beautiful country.  It was so very hard to leave our little boy, Evan (who is now 20 months old) but my mother-in-law took great care of him and we were able to Skype with him every day.  We began our adventure in a small town located in Tuscany called Certaldo (pronounced Chertaldo).  We stayed at Villa IL Pozzo, which was amazing!  All of their apartments in the Villa were so nice, and the owners were so accommodating to everyone.  They even make their own wine and olive oil there at the villa, so of course we had to bring a bunch home with us!

The glass door is our entrance to our little apartment.  Below is our little kitchen.

The far right lower window is our apartment.

My handsome hubby enjoying an Italian beer in our little patio area.

Tuscany is full of old medieval towns, San Gimignano is one of the biggest, so we spent a day browsing through the town and it was like something out of a movie.  The architecture was amazing and just walking through I could imagine what life was like back then.

Our next excursion was visiting Pisa and Lucca.  I studied Italian architecture in College so I was very excited and anxious to see a lot of what I had learned 7 years ago.  The leaning tower of Pisa was one that I studied and boy is it ever leaning!

The city’s walls

After our tour through Pisa, we asked our tour guide to take us to a place for lunch that wasn’t touristy, we wanted real Italian food.  So he took us to this hotel in between Pisa and Lucca.  The restaurant wasn’t open for lunch yet but they were very eager to accommodate us, which was so nice!  We started with buffalo mozzarella with truffle shavings, then I ordered the beef cooked in balsamic vinegar with red cabbage and cheese slices on top and Scott ordered the Tuna.  It was so delicious, the best meal we ended up having our whole trip!

To top off the fabulous food for lunch, this was our view from our table.  Staring at the mountains, Scott and I thought the white on the mountains was snow, but our tour guide informed us that it’s actually marble.

Touring through Lucca was so much fun!  There were so many shops and cathedrals to browse through.  We wished we had more time to spend in the town.

Stay tuned for the 2nd portion of our trip to Italy…

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