I wasn’t really in the mood to celebrate the 4th of July this year, the first 6 months of the Trump “presidency” had taken their toll and I needed a break. I begged Ken, “can’t we pleeeeeease go to Italy for the 4th of July???” and by begged I mean the simple mention of Italy makes him melt to his knees so it was an easy sell. We decided on the Tuscany region and it didn’t take long to find the perfect place in Chianti. We stayed at the Castello Del Nero, a villa sitting high atop the rolling hills of vineyards and olive trees. The property sits on over 600 acres which made for beautiful morning walks…and wild boar sightings. From there we did a wine tour of the Antinori Vineyards (one of their many in this region), their wine cellar located in a 13th century church, followed by an olive oil tasting and dinner at Osteria di Passagnano featuring homegrown vegetables, fruits and herbs matched with a perfect wine pairing for each course.
The downside to Tuscany is there is never enough time to explore, eat and drink all that is within reach but with visits to Siena, San Gimignano, Florence and Chianti, we left happy, satiated and feeling a bit like a chunky monkey if you must know.
Chianti Sculpture Park, fabulous!
Castello Del Nero, Osteria Di Passagano, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano