Day 11-12: Stay out from Hotel Lungarno in Florence. Take a cab to Chianti. Check in Hotel Castello Vicchiomaggio in Chianti.A relaxing time minus sightseeing. The views were breathtaking and the food and wine were incredible. It was too hot in early August, so the wine tour wasn't conducted outdoors but was still great nonetheless. Great infinity pool. The staff members were extremely nice. They arranged for a light lunch for us when the restaurant was closed. The light lunch consisting of a local dish lasted till the night and was the best soup ever.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Tuscany is from March to June
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This square is very popular. It is in the exact centre of the city, and in fact the bridge opposite the square is called Ponte di Mezzo, the “middle bridge”. The statue in the square is of Garibaldi. The square is always very crowded and it is one of the gathering points in Pisa. From April to July the square is packed with students going to the bars that open onto the square and sitting on the Lungarno walls. Moreover, in this square you can find the best ice-cream shop, La Bottega del Gelato: don’t miss it!
Ricasoli Madonna di Brolio
Apart from the fact that they make amongthe most subtle and elegant of Chianti Classico wines, that they singularly own the largest chunk of vineyard land in the Chianti Classico region, they also have other things to offer. Castello di Brolio is definitely worth a visit – for the castle and its history, for the wines, and for the lovely Osteria with its superb wine selection and great food – but you may not be able to stay there, unless you know the Baron Francesco Ricasoli personally. I absolutely loved the accommodation and welcome that was extended to us – ahem ahem – if you know what I mean. They have a lot of history here but my piece of relevant info was that the entire film ‘Stealing Beauty’ was shot right here in one of the guesthouses and the tree under which the final love-making scene between the divine luscious and oh-so-gorgeous Liv Tyler and some bloke was shot still happens to be in full bloom. I think this was a religious moment I had there for all boy-folk from my generation. La Bottega del 30, Villa Sesta, Hotel Plaza Lucchesi, o La Maremma are other places I could stay.
When we did make it to Montemerano, I used up 2 rolls of film on my digital camera on unsuspecting people’s doorways before rounding the corner to see a church. Outside was pretty spartan, I have to say. Rough, carved stone, a wooden door, a crucifix above the door, and a forlorn look in its metaphorical eye that made me feel like I should visit it just so it wouldn’t feel so lonely. My first thoughts were that the church was your typical Italian church. I won’t lie and tell you that I can identify a church by its’ interior from 50 feet away, but they are more or less all pretty similar. You walk in, you see some pews, you see some candles, you see some artwork, you look up at the ceilings and see some paintings, you see a person sitting at a desk tucked away in a corner with pamphlets explaining the restoration efforts and costs with a small basket for collecting change, you get the idea I’m sure. I made my way slowly down the center aisle towards the front of the church and noticed the candles flickering to my right just in my peripheral vision. I paid no further attention to them and just basked in the silence, grateful that I had turned off the shutter sound on my camera so as not to interrupt anyone. Soft music was playing over hidden speakers but this somehow did not break the absolute stillness of the place. While I enjoyed the silence, I started to feel a little as if the walls were closing in around me and decided to put my customary euro in the donation tray and light a candle.