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 Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore - the Duomo

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore - the Duomo

The goal of my last few posts has been to extoll the virtues of some of the lesser-known regions of Italy, and for good reason.  These are areas that deserve more widespread recognition, that are just as beautiful, if not more so, than their famous neighbors and that offer their own unique charm.  I sincerely hope I was able to accomplish that goal.

That being said, the final stop on our recent trip to Italy was Tuscany and a part of my heart will always belong there!  I got engaged on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.  I got married in a castle on a Tuscan hillside.  I have been traveling through Tuscany for many years and just can’t seem to get enough!

On this recent trip, we stopped for a few days at an agriturismo owned by one of our favorite Brunello producers, Donatella Cinelli Colombini.  Her Fattoria del Colle epitomizes quintessential Tuscany…rolling green hills, vineyards as far as the eye can see, cypress-lined country roads.  It is a haven for relaxation, amazing food and some of the best wine in the region.  We spent two blissful days with close friends and family just enjoying the peaceful surroundings, hiking, swimming and of course, wine tasting!

Finally, we arrived in Florence to spend the last few days of our incredible Italian vacation.  Talk about ending on a high note!  We visited many of our favorite places, but added a few new ones to the mix as well.  Watching my daughter on the carousel in Piazza Repubblica, feeding all of my favorite Tuscan fare to my son for the first time, seeing one of my favorite cities through their young eyes…my heart filled with an indescribable joy!  I am proud to be able to offer my children these experiences and hope that they too will grow up loving Italy as much as I do.

I have so many more great stories, fun facts and beautiful pictures from all over Italy to share so please keep checking back often.  Until my next post…