Vinejards, paintings, landscapes, churches, Vespas, olive oil with bread, garlic pasta, Chianti wine, tiramisus, … so many things that remind me my beautiful trip in Tuscany!
Like typical Italians, my boyfriend and I took the wheel of a Fiat 500 for 8 days all around this breathtaking region of Italy.
Here was our itinerary:
We landed at around 12 pm in Pisa. As we were told the city wasn’t worth visiting, we immediately began our Italian journey!
Pietrasanta (1/2 day)
On our way to our first stop, we came across Pietrasanta, a small but authentic village located in the Province of Lucca. We were both craving pizza, so we hopped on the first terrasse and ordered two large Capricciosa’s along with a glass of white wine.
Then, we visited the old medieval town and I literally fell in love with the place!
Cinque Terre (2 days)
The Cinq Terre comprises five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Honestly, all five are worth it; they are so authentic and filled with charm! You can go from one another by train, or simply go by walk which is what we did.
As the Cinq Terre has become a popular destination among travelers, it is difficult to find a proper accommodation for decent prices. We stayed at Il Boma, a small but convenient bed and breakfast in Riomaggiore.
I must also warn you that most restaurants are very touristic! However, I have spotted a hidden trattoria in Manarola called Dal Billy and would definitely recommend it. http://www.trattoriabilly.com/fr/
Firenze (1 day)
While wandering around in Firenze, I ran into a local who advised me to go grab a bite at Mercato Centrale, a covered food hall which turned out to be very nice! I had a Gaspacho for lunch and a tiramisu as a dessert. I do not remember the name of the stand I went to (take a look at the picture below), but it was beyond delicious!
Chianti (1 day)
Chianti and its vinejards, a must when in Tuscany! We also stumbled upon a famous butcher in the area, Dario Cecchini, in which you HAVE to go take a look and perhaps order some freshly cut Prosciutto. http://www.dariocecchini.com/
San Gimignano (1 day)
San Gimignano is well-known for its tower houses. Its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sienna (2 days)
In some way, Sienna was a very vibrant city: there were lots of animations in the streets. At night, we took an “aperitivo” in a very small bar recommended by “Le Routard”, where we could climb upstairs to enjoy a beautiful view of the famous Piazza Del Campo.
Lucca (1 day)
I literally fell in love with the little fortress of Lucca: the city is very small but that’s what it makes it so charming!
For our last night in Tuscany, we went to an amazing and memorable restaurant: La Buca Di San Antonio. The staff was extremely friendly and caring, and gave us the best advices. They ended up by showing us their oldest wines in their wine cellar! http://www.bucadisantantonio.com/