Anne & Tom Visit Italy travel blog


We had a private visit

The caretaker lets us in

Throught he walls

The courtyard

A warm welcome

Panorama of the countryside

More grapes!

On our walk


Ready for the wine press

Our group enjoys the wine & cheese tasting

Wine tasting

Wonderful cheese

A cheese almost like a pizza


Our tour of the city



Another full moon

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Ringing the bell to the castle


In the morning we were treated to a private tour of a nearby castle and visited with the caretakers who live there. The next stop was a walk through more countryside to a Chianti winery where we sampled three different local wines (two red and one white) complete with a "light" lunch - salad, bread, and lots of cheese.

We all needed a good break after that, so we went back to the hotel until late afternoon when we drove to San Gemignano, a hilltop town famous for its 14 remaining towers - like Rapunzel would have let her hair down from. There were plenty of tourists, but the crowds were thinning out by now, and we had a one-hour tour followed by a chance to walk and shop (the shops seemed awfully touristy to us) and then had a great dinner at a restaurant in the town.

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