As soon as I saw the sunflower fields far as the eye could see, I knew we had entered Tuscany. No other place could be this beautiful, so green and inviting to all the pleasures of the world.
I did however spend most of my time in the region in urban areas, such as Pisa and the magnificent Florence, and only experienced the Tuscan countryside rather briefly.
However, I had the chance to spend some glorious time at Fattoria La Torre, an award-winning winery that also offers beautiful apartment rentals for a true Tuscan wine experience. Besides some of their gold medalist reds, I also have to recommend their signature olive oil, which was the best I´ve ever tried in Italy.
After seeing a bit of the region, I have to say that whenever I go back, I will make of point to spend some time on one of those fabulous Tuscany villas, possibly in the vicinity of Siena or Florence, to get a taste of both worlds.
It doesn´t get much better than lounging on the hills between Siena and Florence with some good company and glass of perfect Chianti Classico.
Of course, you can´t miss out on Sangiovese from Brunello di Montalcino, and you´ll also have to try some of Tuscany´s celebrated whites, such as Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and Vermentino. One of my fondest Tuscany memories is of enjoying a glass of perfect white in the tranquility of the Boboli Gardens in Florence, accompanied by some delicious local berries, olives, cheese and a traditional Tuscan bread.
Falling in love with Tuscany is as easy as taking a breath of fresh air, and you don´t need to feed a coin to a fountain to know that you must someday return.