We had a great time in Toscana with Sommer’s parents. If you missed the first post about our trip, you can check it out here. One of the charms of Tuscany is the many beautiful hill towns perched along the hills. During our time there, we visited the known and not-so-well-known towns of Orvieto, Citta della Pieve, Pitigliano, San Casciano dei Bagni, Montepulciano, and Siena. Each town has it’s own unique qualities that are worth discovering. We enjoyed strolling the streets together and stopping to sip on cappuccini (yes—even David who never drinks american coffee was enjoying italian coffee!) or a classic cioccolato caldo. One highlight was watching the kids play a bit of calcio in il Campo where the horses race in Siena. Of course, we had many amazing lunches on our excursions. One afternoon, we enjoyed a particular wonderful lunch al fresco overlooking the valley. It was perfect.
On our way back to Rome, we stopped in Arezzo for the antique market that is held there on the first weekend of the month. If you know Sommer and her mother—this was such a special treat for them, reminiscent of the “good old days” of antique shopping in Canton, Texas. They even managed to find a few treasures to take home.
As beautiful, relaxing, and refreshing as Tuscany can be, there’s nothing like getting back into Roma. It’s a somewhat gritty and raw city full of history, life, and love. For us, it’s home.