Ciao miei amori.
This post is all about our time spent in parts of Tuscany and Florence. Without a doubt, Tec and I enjoyed our travels here more than we could have imagined. Time seemed to move a bit slower, the wine flowed like honey (or maybe olive oil, in this case...), the food was flawless and the land was outrageously beautiful.
Tuscany / Arezzo
L O D G I N G : Villa Fontelunga
Upon arriving in Italy, we drove to the Tuscan town of Arezzo. Here we stayed at the picturesque Villa Fontelunga. Oh. My. Gracious. I don't have the vocabulary or the literary skills to express how much we adored the time we spent there. Philip and Paolo run this villa with kindness and care and we felt welcomed the moment we arrived. Here are some of the highlights of Fontelunga: surrounded by olive groves, gorgeous pool, incredibly private and quiet, deliciously light dinner prepared on site with locally grown and prepared foods, honesty bar (just mark down what you take from the fully stocked kitchen bar), outdoor fireplace and seating... Truly, I can not say enough about the loveliness of of this venue. Looking for a honeymoon local or a spot for your destination wedding? This is your spot, sister. Trust.
Tuscany / Gaiole in Chianti
L O D G I N G :
Florence. Ahhh, Florence. This was our last stop in Italy before we drove back into our little home-away-from-home in La Colle sur Loup. Florence was incredible and so different from our time spent in Tuscany. I'm not sure what I expected, but for those of you who don't know, Florence is a big city! Ha. The two things I enjoyed most about Florence were walking up to the Piazzale Michelangelo (from the Piazzale you see a panoramic view of Florence) and seeing Michelangelo's David. Both were "take your breath away" moments for me.
Now onto our lodging in Florence. I hesitate to say anything about where we stayed because I'm from the school of if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. But if my cautionary tale saves one of you dearlings from walking in the rain with all of your luggage, then I'm glad I said something. (And no, this story isn't as dramatic as I've set it up to be.) We initially made reservations at N4U, but upon schlepping our suitcases a mile from where we parked and up five flights of stairs, we were told that they'd overbooked and that we would be staying at their sister suits, Black5. Oh, and did I mention it was raining? So fast forward five more blocks and two more flights of stairs, and we were at Black5. The waiting room gave off a very modern feel, but our room was out of a Motel 6 from the '80s. Plus, we'd booked N4U because of its location--three blocks from the Duomo. Now we were further away and staying in pretty bad accommodations. We stayed the two nights we'd already booked because I didn't want to cause a stir. (Dumb, I know. But I'm a people pleaser.) Anyway, all this to say, if you decide to stay at N4U while in Florence--great! Just confirm that's where you'll actually be staying...
Here's to safe travels and spending time with those you love.