The Chapel of Our Lady of Vitaleta is a small sacred building is located on a hilltop in the village Vitaleta on the road that connects San Quirico d’Orcia to Pienza. It is one of the most iconic photo locations in Tuscany.
This year we tried to visit small Tuscan towns that we haven't been to before. So without much to do on 24th of December, the choice fell on San Quirico d'Orcia. It's the closest town to the famous Cappella di Vitaleta, one of the most photographed locations in Tuscany.
Last year at ProWein 2017 I was surprised to discover that there is a Lamborghini Winery, started by Mr. Ferruccio Lamborghini himself. So when we arranged our trip to Tuscany at the end of 2017, we decided to visit this winery (the only one that we got to visit on this trip). The Lamborghini Estate (official website) lies between the… Continue reading "Lamborghini Winery, Umbria – Wine & Golf"
Lucignano is a very quaint and beautiful town completely surrounded by a wall. It doesn't take long to walk most of its streets, eat an ice-cream, etc.
Cortona is a town and comune in the province of Arezzo, in Tuscany, Italy. It is the main cultural and artistic center of the Val di Chiana after Arezzo.
I wanted to find out if season 2 of the show had any measurable effect on the volume of tourist interest for the two Italian cities where some of the action takes place: Modena and Pienza. Additionally I decided to uncover the name and location of the villa where the wedding scene was shot, if only for those lovely gates!
Siena House is one of those places that once discovered you never want to leave. Positioned as “not a hotel”, this is more than just a boutique bed and breakfast. You know the saying “home is where the heart is“? Well, the owners and hosts Malvin and Amanda will make sure that this becomes your home. The location of the… Continue reading "Siena House Boutique “Not a Hotel” – The Perfect Place for Exploring Tuscany"
Pienza, a town and comune in the province of Siena, in the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, is the “touchstone of Renaissance urbanism“. This charming village is widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”, the creation of the great humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini who later became Pope Pius II. Piccolomini… Continue reading "Hill Town Pienza: The Ideal City of the Renaissance"
Podere Il Casale is an organic farm near Pienza, province of Siena, Tuscany region, Italy. Owned by a Swiss couple the farm produces a wide range of organic cheeses, olive oil and wine. A restaurant is also available with a menu rich in seasonal organic ingredients. The only available tour was at 16:00 so I was not lucky enough to… Continue reading "Organic Goat and Sheep Cheese Tasting at Podere Il Casale, Pienza, Italy"
Podere Le Ripi is a winery in Montalcino with a really good story, and good stories can help sell (expensive) wine. I will try to explain what makes this winery so special, so there will be more text than usual. From Coffee and Nature Photography to Wine The owner Francesco Illy comes from the famous Espresso Coffee Illy family. You… Continue reading "Where Bonsai Wine is Made: Podere Le Ripi Winery in Montalcino, Italy"