I am originally from Maine. At 16 I went to Rome as an exchange student and lived with a family involved in theatre and film. My Italian “sister” and I became very close and our friendship has grown over the years. I returned to the States after my exchange to finish high school and college and travelled across the States on bike, went to Russia with my sister, backpacked across Europe and then I went to Glasgow Scotland on a Rotary scholarship. In 1991 my Italian sister got married and at that wedding I met my Italian husband and have lived in Italy ever since.
Each and every guest that comes on vacation with Hosted Villas is a new and different person deserving their own personal itinerary.
My perfect day in Tuscany would be...
First and foremost, my perfect day would begin early at a local café for a frothy hot cappuccino and a marmalade-filled cornetto. After, hop in the car and head straight to Siena and park next to the stadium and walk the cobble stone streets to the Campo – the square where twice a year (July 2 and August 16) the streets of Siena fill with enthusiastic Senese and abundant tourists to revel in the historic horse race that leaves one contrada as the winner. Have an outdoor lunch in a great enoteca with local produce and typical Tuscan treats like wild boar salumi, ribollita, a choice Tuscan red and dessert. Visit the town with its note-worthy cathedral and town hall plus great shops and food stores. In the late afternoon get in the car and head out into the Tuscan countryside to visit a winery and a great local farm for fresh produce and ingredients for the night’s dinner. Head home by way of San Galgano, the roof-less abbey out in the countryside just south of Siena. Hurry home to make a homemade dinner and eat on the terrace listening to the European black bird sing its song while raising our glasses to a fun-filled day in Umbria and Tuscany.