so..instead of driving to rome on friday
we changed our plans
and drove deep into the heart of tuscany..
the chianti region.
steve and i fell in love with this
part of italy.
we decided that we want
to buy an old farmhouse here
and grow olives.
doesn't everyone when they come here?
we got a great recommendation
from steve's sister who had
stayed here a few years back.
she told us about
Lucky for us there
was availability since we were
traveling during the off season.
we stayed in one of the apartments..
plenty of space for all of us.
kids watching the only american tv station..cnn.
loved the loft and the exposed beams.
master with a fabulous view.
i re-read "A Room with a View"
while we stayed here.
saturday our plan was to drive the 45 minutes into florence.
however, during breakfast,
i ate something with pine nuts..
and i'm allergic to them.
i didn't have an epi-pen with me
and started having a severe reaction.
steve drove me down the hill to the doctor
and the pharmacy.
after taking italy's version of benedryl..
i fell asleep for most of the afternoon.
steve took the 4 kids
all by himself to florence.
they had a wonderful time..
and even brought me back a book :)
i was sad to have missed florence..
but grateful for a day of rest and reading in bed :)
the next morning..sunday..
we drove about 45 minutes south to sienna.
i LOVED sienna.
and steve said he preferred it to florence.
i didn't take many pictures here.
we had a fabulous lunch
and did a lot of shopping!
sienna is a beautiful city.
looking down onto the square in sienna.
steve woke before all of us and
walked around the villa to take
looking up at the main villa.
looking down at the farmhouse
we stayed in.
villa vignamaggio was where the mona lisa grew up
and it's where the movie much ado about nothing was filmed.
they offer wine tours and tastings,
and tuscan cooking classes.
steve and i hope to go back someday.
our trip to italy was fabulous!