Tuscany and Umbria. Two fascinating regions, and two regions whose traditions, landscapes and histories make its visitors’ hearts beat faster. We went on the hunt for undiscovered villages, castles to sleep in, and ecohotels in the wilds of nature.
We tasted the nectar of the gods in fine wine producing vineyards, met chefs who delighted our palates with their specialities, and shopped some of the world’s biggest brands at incredible prices.
Our time in Tuscany was fascinating, thrilling, and touched all of our senses – with stimulating views, flavours, smells, and sounds. Enchanting.
FULL ITINERARY – 5 Days – 207 km
Armaiolo Serre di Rapolano Montesperello di Magione San Feliciano Case Nuove Farniole Bagno Vignoni Poggio alle Mura
DAY 1 of 5 – Italy
Armaiolo Serre di Rapolano – 10 km
We’re in Armaiolo, a tiny village which is home to 80 souls. Build on top of a hill, Armaiolo is part of the Rapolano Terme district, a province of Siena.
It’s an enchanting, sweet place, with tender hearted inhabitants. It’s clearly carefully cared for, down to the finest details. We’re struck by the pots of flowers we see everywhere – decorating windows, steps, walls, and roads.
DAY 2 of 5 – Italy
Serre di Rapolano Montesperello di Magione – 66 km
A question strikes us the moment we wake up: did we explore every street in Serre di Rapolano last night? In the midst of so much beauty, we don’t want to miss a single sight. We decide to check and indeed we discover more squares, streets, and tiny wooden doors which we peek behind, eyes peeled for antique tools – which we just love.
DAY 3 of 5 – Italy
Montesperello di Magione San Feliciano Case Nuove – 11 km
What’s special about San Feliciano? Besides being a village situated on the banks of Lake Trasimeno and enjoying one of the most stunning sunsets in the world, San Feliciano is also a thriving fishing village.
There are fishermen in San Feliciano today who have been fishing the lake for over 50 years using the same techniques they have used for decades.
DAY 4 of 5 – Italy
Case Nuove Farniole Bagno Vignoni Poggio Alle Mura – 120 km
Are you ready to go shopping crazy?
In Farniole, in the province of Arezzo, there’s a little village which has all the same features of a typical Tuscan town centre. It’s called Valdichiano Outlet Village.
With more than 140 big brand shops selling goods at incredible prices, this place can sate the thirst of any shopper.
Where do we start? Dilemma! There are so many brands here that deciding where to start without missing out on any of them is a tough one.
Like the best Tuscan town centres, there are streets going in every direction. We take one.
DAY 5 of 5 – Italy
Poggio Alle Mura – 0 km
What’s it like to wake up in the middle of one of the world’s most esteemed vineyards? And in addition, with a castle that rises up behind the vines? One word… amazing!
The hills around Montalcino have been the cradle of winemaking culture since the time of the Etruscans.
Castello Banfi’s estate stretches south west of Montalcino for 2,830 hectars. It’s immense!
The property encompasses the castle and village, the restaurant, pub, wine shop, the old balsameria (where balsamic vinegar is made), the museum of glass and bottles, huge wine cellars, and dozens and dozens of vineyards – going as far as the eye can see.
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