This was our third fall trip to Italy, and this year we brought along Wally’s sister Monica and her friend Denise. Monica had been wanting to see Italy, so we volunteered to be their tour guides. We love the food, wine, history, gorgeous scenery, and the friendly Italian people.
Our dates the last weekend of September through mid-October conveniently fall on my birthday, as well as the Arezzo Antique Fair in Tuscany. Our itinerary included a week in Tuscany, five nights in Positano on the Amalfi Coast and three nights in Rome. We chose to fly from Nashville to Charlotte to Rome as Charlotte is usually hassle free with short lines coming in through customs (we hate Atlanta’s airport!). Monica loves to take photos too, so our trip pictures are a combined effort.
After arriving in Rome, we trekked up and down the terminal for way too long before we finally found the car rental offices and got our car. We stopped off in the hilltop town of Orvieto in Umbria for lunch, and it was disappointing to see the Duomo under repair.
The outdoor Enoteca Al Duomo called to us with their wine tasting advertised on the chalkboard and it was the perfect welcome lunch to Italy. We sampled local wines and ordered up a variety of appetizers.
The girls were ready to sample gelato, so after lunch they got their fix at Gelateria Pasqualetti just a few doors up.
A bit farther up the road we stopped off for a bathroom break and snacks and the girls were thrilled to get Coke and Italian “Cheetos”
We arrived at our Tuscan destination for the week, Lucignanello Bandini at dusk, just in time to watch an amazing sunset from our hilltop infinity pool.
We had dinner at Osteria delle Crete in the small town just a few minutes away, San Giovanni d’Asso, and it was delicious. I would recommend them if you are in the area! http://www.osteriadellecrete.it/en/index.php
Next up we’ll be daytripping to Pienza and Montepulciano…