To round out the trip we spent two nights in beautiful Tuscany! The area we stayed in was the hills of Montalcino where they have the famous Brunello wine. It was so delicious that we ordered a case of it to be sent back to the states. My fav was the Casanova di Neri, which you can order here. I loved all the little cobblestone streets with tiny shops, restaurants, salons and bars. You could spend hours looking through the shops. There was actually a woman using a loom in a shop! There are quite a few touristy nic-nac shops, but you'll find plenty of authentic places to peruse. There was even a man who let me play his calliope along the tiny streets. We didn't even actually go to any specific wineries, but rather drove through all the vineyards and gazed at all the beautiful grape vines.
The stunning landscapes of vine rows were truly breathtaking. We stayed at Hotel dei Capitani, which had an unbelievable view of the land below. If you do check out this space a word to the wise it is the second entrance. We ended up going up the wrong road (turned out to be a rock covered service road.)
Needless to say, we're lucky to be alive. Despite the scary entrance, the location and view of the hotel were worth it. Such an incredible way to end our Italian excursion. I wish we could have stayed there for a month to truly get a feel for the country and culture. Next time we'll need to check out Milan, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast! Any other places you suggest we check out on our next trip to Italy? Would love to hear your suggestions!
Xx, WanderLust Girls