Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun

This is the way I want to travel for the rest of my life …
less big cities with sightseeing, and more relaxing in the countryside
like we did in Tuscany with our friends. It was truly so refreshing to just
soak up the open space, have no agenda, and stay at a Tuscan villa together.
It felt like true vacation and after all of the whirlwind sightseeing we have done
through the world, this is the kind of place we will be returning to again and again.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetAfter meeting in Florence we rented a car and drove South through the countryside
where we toured an olive oil farm and then continued south to stay at the most
elegant estate called Borgo Pignano. It was a true dream come true!
IMG_2527We passed the town of Volterra and finally pulled off the gorgeous winding roads to
weave down into the 750-acre hilltop estate to find a gorgeous Italian countryside hotel.
IMG_2567IMG_2546We checked in to find antique furniture and Italian linens. Some rooms even have original
frescoes and canopy beds! Aside from the main estate there are also options to stay in little
cottages, farmhouses, and apartments on the property. The whole place is Tuscany to a tee.
IMG_2558^^ The views out the windows of these Tuscan rooftops!
IMG_2541IMG_2548We were welcomed with some Italian sweets and then took a stroll around the property.
IMG_2564 How about this pool? ^^ I think it’s the best hotel pool that I’ve seen.
It was just so stunning set against the marble quarry with the view of the rolling hills.
Under the Tuscan Sun4Orange carrot rosemary juice poolside ^^
IMG_2582We definitely enjoyed the afternoon down by the pool soaking up the sun
in perfect spring 75 degree weather. The pool may have been too chilly for a
swim, but the atmosphere was perfect to kick back, chat, and relax for hours!
IMG_2597The boys were clearly loving being back together. I’m pretty sure they
talked about college football for 2 hours straight down at the pool :) 

IMG_2593IMG_3930IMG_2574 IMG_2550 IMG_2559 IMG_2565IMG_2556 IMG_3911IMG_2573 Under the Tuscan Sun5IMG_3964Under the Tuscan SunIMG_3914The property even has horses! ^^
Under the Tuscan Sun1 Under the Tuscan Sun9IMG_3933We played some lawn ball and then sat and soaked in the sunset
before heading inside to the warm fire + dinner at the restaurant.

IMG_2601IMG_2602The restaurant definitely provides a unique taste of Tuscan cuisine.
The ingredients are all locally sourced (many right from the property
itself!) and the chef here is so creative. I’ve never had dishes quite like this.

IMG_2603The menu changes based on season and we didn’t even know where to begin with the menu.
We had eaten SO much at our lunch earlier that day, so we just ordered a few dishes to
sample between us all. They were all very unique with rich tastes we hadn’t tried before. 

IMG_2604IMG_2606IMG_2611The morning of checkout was a sad one – we didn’t want to leave!
IMG_2610We had a quick breakfast before hitting the road to head to the coast.

IMG_2616Road trippers! ^^
IMG_2620We will be returning here, and dreaming of it until then.