Day 9 – Poliziano Winery, Montefollonico, and the Temple of San Biagio

We started out today with a tour of the Poliziano winery, owned and operated by the Carletti family. Jennifer Criswell, the author of At Least You're in Tuscany, works there and invited us for a tour.  Jennifer has been giving tours at the winery for several years and is currently studying to be a sommelier.  She is a bottomless … Continue reading Day 9 – Poliziano Winery, Montefollonico, and the Temple of San Biagio

Day 8 – Montepulciano’s Thursday Market and Assisi on a Whim

This morning we woke up with the intention of checking out the Thursday market, then heading over to Perugia to go to the Bacci chocolate factory.  The Bacci factory has tours and at the end one is supposed to get endless amounts of chocolate to taste, so is there any doubt we would miss that??  We … Continue reading Day 8 – Montepulciano’s Thursday Market and Assisi on a Whim

Day 7 – Hanging out in Montepulciano

This morning we slept in.  I think it was truly the first good night's sleep we've gotten since we arrived.  Maybe it is a sign that we have finally adjusted to the time change. The G-man made our usual breakfast of eggs and prosciutto with toasted Tuscan bread drizzled with olive oil.  After we cleaned … Continue reading Day 7 – Hanging out in Montepulciano

Day 6 – Pienza, San Quirico, and Montalcino

Yesterday, we had our first driving adventure.  We chose to head to the west of Montepulciano with stops in Pienza, San Quirico and Montalcino.  I would be writing for days if I attempted to give the historical background and cultural significance of each of these places, so I won't even begin to try.  Just suffice it to … Continue reading Day 6 – Pienza, San Quirico, and Montalcino

Day 4 – Montepulciano

This morning we met Jennifer at the gate and took a fieldtrip to Conad, the local big grocery store.  Very cool!  There was a small produce section were G-man picked out some grapes, tomatoes and garlic.  Like a true local, he donned the plastic disposable glove, made his selections, weighed and labeled each appropriately.  He must have … Continue reading Day 4 – Montepulciano

Doing Something Outside the Norm

It has been 18 days since my last post.  This was not a disappearing act.  We have been very busy at the Casa di Team G.  One of the things we have done is book tours for our upcoming trip.  That may sound perfectly normal for most people, probably a little boring.  But for us, … Continue reading Doing Something Outside the Norm

Guido to the Rescue and Other Good News

After two days of scouring listings on several self-catering apartment websites and sending inquiries to a half a dozen or so different places, we finally have a new place to stay in Firenze.  Finding a suitable landing pad is easier said than done, especially given that we are 44 days from take off and September is one of … Continue reading Guido to the Rescue and Other Good News