Tuscany Travels Part I

Ever since I laid my eyes on Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun I’ve dreamed of visiting Tuscany.  You can only imagine my excitement when Kevin and I took a day trip from Florence to wine taste Tuscan style.

We decided on a small group tour with a meeting point in Siena (about an hour’s drive from Florence).  Our tour guide, Franco Fadda (click here) was absolutely fantastic and I would recommend him to any of you looking for a tour guide!  We chose the Nobile di Montepulciano tour which takes you to the highest point in the region and has the most breathtaking views of the entire valley.


Coming from San Francisco, it was fun to check out another prominent wine region and taste their wines.  Tuscany really is the way you imagine it from the movies.  It’s lush, the estates and vineyards are insanely beautiful and the people really are so genuine and kind.

Our first stop in Tuscany was Boscarelli winery (here).  Their wine is delicious and they were so accommodating taking us on a full tour before tasting.






The second winery we visited was Romeo (here).  Romeo is a certified organic vineyard and allowed us to taste their grapes straight from the vine (as we were able to at Boscarelli)- some of the best grapes we have ever tasted!



(someone forgot to charge their battery so excuse the view through my iPhone lens- winetasting and photography results below!)


Our first taste of Grappa!  Saluti!



We made a few stops on the way back to Siena.  If you could imagine what life was like when kings and queens ruled in castles, Montepulciano would be exactly it.  It’s beautiful and has so much old world charm.  I could go on and on, if only I had more pictures!


Our final stop, and Kevin’s favorite- the house where Gladiator was filmed!  Remember Maximus’s house?


Alla prossima!  Until we meet again Tuscany…


 “If I lived here,…I have a feeling this place would take me.”

-Frances Mayes


  • Lara&Michelle

    Hi, Lara and I are going to Tuscany as well this summer. Your post is very inspirational and we can’t wait to see this beautiful place ourselves. Seems like you had a great trip! 🙂

    • Gomada

      Thank you so much! I’m glad our trip was an inspiration and I hope you and Lara have an amazing trip this summer, Italy is such a magical place xx