24 hours in Tuscany Italy

Saturday, September 22, 2018

24 hours in Tuscany Italy with Adventures by Disney - pasta making class at an organic farm and winery with a homemade pasta wine lunch afterwards. Dinner at a castle in the Tuscan countryside with the most AMAZING views!!! PLUS the cutest hotel in the heart of the Chianti region. An experience of a lifetime! #travel #italy #tuscany #europeantravel

24 hours in Tuscany Italy with Adventures by Disney  - pasta making class at an organic farm and winery with a homemade pasta wine lunch afterwards. Dinner at a castle in the Tuscan countryside with the most AMAZING views!!! PLUS the cutest hotel in the heart of the Chianti region. An experience of a lifetime! #travel #italy #tuscany #europeantravel

The third stop on our Italian vacation was Tuscany. We spent three nights in Tuscany, but only explored the area for one full day. The other days were spent in Orvieto and Florence. I shared about Orvieto last week, and I'll share all about Florence next week.

Tuscany was everything we dreamt it would be. The view outside our room looked like a postcard. We both fell in love with the area. We spent the day in Tuscany learning how to make pasta, having a homemade pasta and wine lunch at an organic farm and winery and dinner at a castle! It was foodie heaven!

Our hotel was in the heart of the Chianti region. We had spectacular views of olive orchards, vineyards and the Chianti mountains. 

We would LOVE to come back and spend more time at different wineries in the area.






Fattoria Poggio Alloro

We started our Tuscan adventure at Fattoria Poggio Alloro, an organic farm and winery near San Gimignano.

We spent the morning learning how to make homemade pasta.

This is Sarah Fiorino. She is one of the owners of the farm/winery.
She is an accomplished chef and best selling author.
She taught us all how to make homemade pasta.

I think we did a pretty good job!!

After the pasta making class, we toured the farm and winery.
Fattoria Poggio Alloro makes about 200,000 bottles of wine each year.
They also produce olive oil.


MOO!

Look at the view of San Gimignano.

After our quick tour, we settled in for lunch and wine tasting.
We sampled three wines - a white and two reds.
They are all made on property.




Lunch was delicious.
We had a zucchini pasta, a tomato pasta, a panna cotta and chocolate mousse.
All made with ingredients from the Fattoria Poggio Alloro farm.
We also sampled some bread with their homemade olive oil.
I bought a few bottles of the olive oil to enjoy at home.



Fattoria Poggio Alloro
Via S.Andrea, 23
53037 San Gimignano (SI)
Phone: +39 0577 950 153

Castello di Verrazzano

We spent the evening at Castello di Verrazzano.
It is located in Greve in Chianti.
They are a working winery, olive oil maker and balsamic vinegar producer.


Castello di Verrazzano has a great history of winemaking.
It also has a little history related to the United States.
 The navigator who discovered the bay of New York and of the majority of the East coast of the United States, Giovanni da Verrazzano, was born here in 1485. 
There is a bridge in NYC named in his honor.

I fell in LOVE with this view!!



We took a quick tour of the working winery and wine cellar.
It has been around for over 1,000 years. CRAZY!

After the tour, it was time for dinner.

We had SO much delicious food and wine. 
Their Rosé wine was my favorite. I need to find it in the US.
We also sampled their famous Balsamic Vinegar. We brought a bottle home with us.


Castello di Verrazzano
Via Citille, 32A Località Greti
50022 Greve in Chianti (FI)
Phone: +39 055 854243

We stayed in this adorable little villa - Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda.
It looked like a large villa that they turned into a hotel.

Our room had two stories. 
Bedroom downstairs and a sitting area up stairs.

The bathroom was TINY.

Our shower was like a phone booth but smaller.

All of the rooms were different. Some people had spacious showers.
We didn't! LOL!

The view outside our window was incredible.
It totally made up for the shower.


It was hard to believe this was real life!




I fell in love with all the olive trees.
I want Chicken Legs to plant me a few olive trees in our yard!
They are SO beautiful!


Via Roma 191
50028 – Tavarnelle Val di Pesa – Firenze






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4 comments

  1. Ahh!! Looks so incredibly amazing. I wasn't a huge pasta fan -- until I had it homemade. Then it's like, what have we been putting up with as pasta? Jealous you learned some tips and tricks!

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  2. You guys sure get around!!! Thanks for taking us along on your journeys. Those views photos look like paintings! Amazing. Hope you continue to have a great time and to share your adventures with all of us.

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  3. Stunning! Wow! Really love those views. Looks like heaven.

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