After 3 days in Rome, we made our way up to Siena after a pit stop and a picnic along the Italian coast. (this was a sweet little Italian man getting ready to spear fish! )Our time in Siena was absolutely spectacular. I have no idea how I found the little place that we stayed in but I highly recommend Agriturismo Marciano and will be staying there again if we find ourselves in Siena in the future. Once we made it into the city limits of Siena, we wound our way up through pot hole filled dirt roads surrounded by tiny vineyards. Then the road opened up to this fantastic little villa set among the hills of tuscany.
The owners of the agriturismo were gracious hosts who shared the history of the vineyard and the renovations the inn went through over the past few years. We decided to stay for the house dinner that night and realized very quickly it would be the best decision we made the entire trip. [I'm planning on doing a post on my recreation of the meal we had in Tuscany so I'll share more details then! For now, just know it was the best meal I've ever eaten. hands down.]
The following day we set out to explore the countryside and find a few Tuscan vineyards. While we had little to no luck finding tasting rooms... we did see the beautiful region of Chianti and that was well worth the entire day spent in the car. Views from Castello di Brolio, a castle built in the middle ages among the hills of Chianti. Tuscany/Siena was probably in my top three favorite spots we visited. I really wish we'd had one more day but next time I will plan accordingly.