Last week I took part in a blog trip to highlight the rich art, history, wine, culture and gastronomy of towns in the famous Chianti wine region of Tuscany.
Entitled “Chianti da Vivere”, our host was the commune of Tavarnelle val di Pesa and I can’t thank them enough for their warm and amazing hospitality.
I will write more on my trip soon, but in the meantime – here are 25 photos that will make you want to drop what you’re doing and get to Tuscany in a hurry!
Waking up to this in San Casciano (Villa Il Poggiale)
Opulent drawing rooms in your very own Tuscan villa
Home made egg tagliatelle with that famous Tuscan ragu
Snacks to go with award-winning wine at the Antinori winery
Lush, rolling hills and vineyards at every turn
Keeping hydrated with Chianti wine
Romanesque art era on display throughout
The gorgeous town of Tignano
Poderinchianti cooking classes are just the way to spend an evening!
Tortellone stuffed with ricotta and pumpkin in a sage sauce
You don’t get to make your own tortellone in the Chianti everyday!
The corridor of love.. Antinori cellars in an old monastery
Fairly easy on the eyes..
Think Tuscany, think green…
Turn the corner and you just might stumble upon… a medieval castle!
Exported to the world – the home of the Chianti classico
Look out the window and there’s that Chianti countryside!
Classic Tuscan ‘vinsanto’ sweet wine with cantucci biscotti
Chianti red with a not-so-bad view
The casual, rustic charm of many agriturismi, including this one: Il Paganello
Fresh, organic and healthy – Italian food isn’t just pizza and pasta!
Touching raw silver – artisan jewellery making at its finest
Enjoying a drop of red with a view
The imposing Duomo di Firenze
Staring down the Arno river to the famous Ponte Vecchio
And now it’s time to stop daydreaming about Tuscany and get back to work!
Signing off from Trastevere
*Accommodation, tours and meals were paid for by the Commune of Tavarnelle val di Pesa, but all thoughts expressed and photos are my own.