Highlights of our springtime adventure in Tuscany

Hard to believe that Nancy, LeAnn, Mary and Lynda are now back in California and Toby arrived safely in Atlanta.  It’s hard to put the experience into words and even photos can’t  tell the entire story, but here is my attempt.

Enjoy the slideshows!


The arrival on  April 17

  • Our house


On our first morning, we went to Greve, then Montefiorelle for a wine tasting and a walk around the town until we experienced a mini tornado.


  • A visit to the winery for a tasting- and the best biscotti ever!


Then we went to Greti for a tour of the Goat farm at Podere Le Fornachi and a cheese tasting


  • The new kids at Podere Le Fornachi


Maria Novella, our private chef for the evening came to Il Colle and made us an amazing dinner.


  • Our private chef, Maria Novella came to our house and spoiled us forever!


We spent three days in Florence. One day Anna took us to the Uffizi and to see The David followed by an Aperitivo evening with Cristina, complete with an Italian lesson. Another day was devoted to shopping and simply wandering around. Our last day was spent at the Boboli Gardens. Here are only some of the highlights


  • from Piazzale Michaelangelo


Chocolate tasting at Amedei.


  • Amedei Chocolate factory


An afternoon in Lucca



A day at Cristina’s farm in Paterno where we had a delicious lunch and a visit to a ceramic studio in the countryside.


  • View from Cristina's farm


Castello del Trebbio



Our cooking class at Castello del Trebbio


  • Our gang with Jerry


We visited Siena



and then  on to the tiny hilltop town of Montereggiano


  • Montereggiano


Gelato tasting in Castellina


  • Outside Antica Delizia


The town of Radda



And the highlight of the day, April 25, (a national holiday) was the Festa  Della Buon stagione, complete with a parade and mock hanging in Panzano, Daniele’s hometown. We had a  great lunch at Le Panzenelle too!



  • Festa of the Good Season


Time to say Goodbye or rather, Arrivederci!

With our  driver, Daniele, in front of our house at Il Colle










2 thoughts on “Highlights of our springtime adventure in Tuscany

  1. Wow, Marcella, it is amazing that you put together these great tours for small groups. To see all of this, with a small group of six — what a gift! Someday I hope to join you.

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