I received a bunch of questions about where we stayed in Tuscany, how I found the villa, etc. so I wanted to share all the details here! This was such an incredible trip and is an awesome option for families or a group of friends traveling together (and a whole lot more cost effective than staying at the beautiful but insanely…
I wasn’t kidding when I said I would still be posting about our Italy trip in October . . . might get in just under the wire here although I still have a couple more to go. Anyway, looking back at these pictures made me so happy as it was one of our favorite days of the whole trip! My parents had to head home a few days before we did, so on the day they were leaving the villa we decided to do one more family road trip to the Tuscan coast (Italy’s Maremma region) for a fun lunch and beach day before they headed back to Rome.
I can’t believe my baby girl is 2 years old today! I also can’t remember what life was like before she was born. She fills every day with love and light and laughter (and the occasional banshee shriek). Ever since she was an infant she has been my little cuddle bug, and I am so so so happy that she…
We headed to a beautiful old winery called Castello della Paneretta, located in the Chianti Classico region of Val d’Elsa. This winery has been producing wine since 1596, so, assuming longevity is a sign of getting something right we figured they ought to really know their stuff.
The little town of Radicondoli was the closest place to our villa that had a grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, etc., and it was about a 15-20 min drive from the house. After having a nice lazy morning and afternoon playing and relaxing by the pool, we realized we needed to restock on food.
During our week in Tuscany (where we stayed at a villa I rented through HomeAway), we decided to visit a beautiful resort nearby called Castello di Casole for lunch one day. Perched atop a hill in the Tuscan countryside, we drove up a beautiful cypress-lined lane to arrive at the Castello. The original structure dates back to the 10th century, and now (many renovations later) it exists as a beautiful boutique hotel.
We took the kids to Coney Island on Saturday and had the best time! The little area of Luna Park that surrounds Deno’s Wonder Wheel (the massive ferris wheel – you can’t miss it) is full of rides that are perfect for little kids, and it has this kitschy, carnival vibe to it that feels so summery and fun.