Life in Tuscany

Where do I even begin?  Life in Tuscany is life itself; the beautiful green rolling hills, the wines, the foods, the people, the fresh air.  Tuscany is truly heaven on Earth.  And I feel so blessed to be able to venture back to Tuscany in search of una bella vita.

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Some of you might remember that I went to Tuscany last August (1, 2, 3), but what you don’t know is that I actually came to do some Italian language courses (in addition to eating of course).  I have been studying Italian for almost 2 years now, and the timing felt right to come back to Tuscany; study a little, drink a little, and eat a lot.

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So I have been doing just that.  I have set up shop in beautiful Montepulciano, where my mornings are filled with school (and amazing coffee), my afternoons are filled with long lunches, wine tastings, a bit of studying and walks around town or the countryside, and my evenings are filled with the many amazing courses that Fiorella (my “house mom”) so graciously cooks for me.  Hours of eating and talking in Italian about my day, and before I know it, it’s time for bed, and then the pleasure of starting my day all over again.  Could life get any better?!?

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this beauty is for sale, and she is quite tempting

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gnocchi bolognese

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post dinner treat – cantucinni and vin santo

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asparagus risotto

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strawberries and fresh cream

For those of you who haven’t been, Tuscany is simply breathtaking.  Besides all of the rolling hills and vineyards, the other thing that always blows me away is the crisp freshness of the air.  The air is so fresh that you literally want to just drink it in.  And especially right now as it happens to be perfumed by the Spring blossoms.

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The people in Montepulciano are kind, warm and welcoming.  And they all seem to get such gratification from making sure that you are enjoying every moment.  No better place to call “home” for any bit of time.

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my typical breakfast

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lunch in the garden at la grotta

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fresh peas

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homemade pici

But come prepared (which I hadn’t on my last trip), and remember that you are visiting a hillside, mountain-top town.  Sneakers are definitely a must for making your way through the countryside here.  Although I must admit, many of my teachers bravely conquer the streets in heels, but not for me.  Because as I quickly learned, in Tuscany there are 2 directions, hiking or going down.

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market delights

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But all of the hiking and walking is well worth it.  Because just as at the end of every rainbow is a pot of gold, at the top of every hill in Montepulciano is a cantina with amazing Vino Nobile, a shop with fresh cheese, or a vista with a welcoming view.

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wine tasting at crociani

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if dustin hoffman approves, then I am all in!

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pecorino cheese

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What else can I say with pictures like these?  These pictures are truly worth a thousand words.  Can’t you smell the spring blossoms…can’t you just breathe in the fresh crisp morning air…and don’t you feel the sun beaming down on your face?  Close your eyes and just for a moment enjoy this piece of Montepulciano heaven.

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*My apologies for the sideways pictures – I have been working through some technical difficulties, and unfortunately haven’t been able to resolve them just yet; but I wanted to get this post out so that you can see what I’ve been up to!  Hopefully I can get the problem corrected a.s.a.p.  But until then, just pretend that you are doing some neck stretches while looking at my pics :)

6 Replies to “Life in Tuscany”

  1. No apologies needed. In this often sketchy world, your delight, positivity, amazing photography of that which is simple yet exquisitely wonderful is a tonic in and of itself. Viva Italia! Gracie for the beauty I can touch through your eyes and heart. Inspiring Bella Katrina. Love you!

    1. Thanks Guselle! Such sweet comments!

  2. Sideways, backwards, inside out … no matter, your photography is wonderful. As I read your blog in the middle of the afternoon I long for just one small bowl of the gnocchi! Just a taste! So happy your Tuscany travels met your expectations.

    1. Thank you so much James, you are always so kind!

  3. It doesn’t matter at all! I was able to savor every meal and imagine that I am in Italy already!
    Grazie mille Katie :)

    1. I’m so glad Sonia!

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