We couldn’t resist a good road trip through the Tuscan countryside. Driving the winding roads, wind blowing in our hair, and sheets of luscious green at every turn. It was really a sight to see! We wished that we had more time to truly explore all of Tuscany, but we made do with the one day we did have.
We rented a little Fiat convertible, which we named Donatella, and zipped around Northern Tuscany. We took the more scenic route from Florence down to Siena, passing through Greve and other small Chianti villages (take route SR222), and then made our way back up towards Florence by way of San Gimignano and some other small stops along the way.
Everyone we spoke to recommended Siena when we mentioned that we planned a day driving through Tuscany. Walking through the town and exploring its rich history and architecture truly transports you back to medieval tuscan times. Siena is most known for the famous Palio run which takes place twice a year in the summer (usually July and August). You can read more about it here. We came just a bit too early in the year to witness this long held tradition and event.
Siena was by the far the highlight and our favorite village. It was really too bad that we only had a few hours here, but we’re already making plans to come back.
We had lunch in Siena at Gallo Nero, an amazing local restaurant specializing in Italian peasant food.All their pastas are homemade and they had a wide selection of Italian cheeses and salami. Everything was hearty and so tasty!
After our visit to San Gimignano, we took winding local roads and stopped at Tenuta Barbadoro, a family owned winery along the way in Montespertoli. We did a nice wine tasting and got a tour of their olive groves and vineyard. They were also in the process of building some lodging on the property with the intent of going into the agroturismo industry. Such a beautiful property!
We headed back to Florence as the sun began to set and we could only see the outlines of the rolling Tuscan hills. What an amazing day trip to the Tuscan countryside! We will definitely be back!