Keep calm and go to Tuscany (Part 3)
After beautiful Liguria, where we were delighted by the breathtaking sights of Portofino and the unique region of Cinque Terre, we continued our Italian journey to one of our favorite destinations in this country: relaxing and green Tuscany! You gotta love Tuscany! It is the perfect place (easy to reach from Romania with two airports in Bologna and Pisa – several flights operated by Wizz Air and Ryan Air) to enjoy nature and medieval villages, eat good cheese and salami and drink the well known Chianti wine. Although it wasn’t our first visit in the area, there are a lot to see in Tuscany. Every village has its story and own charm. But I will present in the next post all the places you must not miss while in the region.
So, we had our last espresso in La Spezia and got in the car.
Destination: Castelnuovo Berardenga (a comune in the Province of Siena), where we stayed for 3 nights at a local and traditional house. It was a 2 hour and a half drive with the road passing through Lucca and Firenze. Our first stop was in Lucca – the birthplace of the great composer, Giacomo Puccini, a town famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls.
Luca means “illuminated glade”. This city is a living testimony to past times and kingdoms and it lies in a green valley just north west of Florence. This almost perfectly preserved jewel of medieval architecture and buildings, emanates charm and shows layers of history from every corner of its narrow winding streets. Lucca is a wonderful combination of medieval paths, purple Wisterias hanging from the walls and Tower Houses (whose message was clearly “The higher my tower, the greater my power.”).
Before leaving the city for the birthplace of Renaissance – Florence, we had a lovely cappuccino at a nice terrace in Piazza dell’Anfiteatro and an incredible profiterole to go.
Being for the second time in Florence, it was a real pleasure! This romantic and busy riverside city is a must-see place In Italy. You can’t get enough of it…you can see it over and over again and you will feel it’s a different place. The buildings, the streets, the Arno river and the bridges that cross it, the warm colors of the walls, the noise from the markets, the fashion designers parade street change every time in the light of day, especially in the twilight. I don’t want to say too many things about Florence because this magnetic place deserves a special post that will evoke its tales and I promise I will write another story about “the Athens of the Middle Ages” soon enough because spring is a good time for a city break!
As you can see in the photos below, we had a full day until we reached Castelnuovo, but it was worth it.
Enjoy the beautiful pictures and start booking your next trip to Italy!
As a tip, we stayed at Borgo Casato (link here), a traditional type of house in Tuscany, on top of hill, near Siena. The rooms are very nice decorated, the establishment has a fluffy lawn, trees, a swimming pool and its own restaurant with very good food and wines. The staff was very nice and helpful, and the view from our window was incredible…well, if you don’t believe me, I invite you to watch the pictures from that day.
P.S: Stay tuned for the upcoming posts that will reveal some of Tuscany’s most authentic places to visit during the year!
I was wearing:
Black culottes: Zara
Jacket : Bershka
Knitted top: Stradivarius
Animal print scarf: H&M