Sure, you can find beautiful corners of the world- a lovely beach, a stunning valley, a charming town, but Tuscany like the biggest compilation of beauty I have ever seen.
Daniel and I LOVED Sicily so we were excited to see more of Italy. We decided the best way to see it all was a good old fashion road trip. We had a total of four days-including travel days to see it all.
Did you miss our Tour of Sicily? That’s okay!
A Road Trip Through Tuscany: Pisa
After landing in Pisa we hoped in our rental Fiat and headed straight to what Pisa is known best for- The Leaning Tower of course.
In almost all of the Tuscan towns, we visited it is prohibited to drive inside the inner city walls unless you have a special permit. You will be fined a huge amount so make sure you find public parking outside of the walls! You might have to drive around a bit but you shouldn’t have too much trouble. Make sure you park in blue lines as they are public! Yellow is for handicapped and white is for residents.
We were so surprised at how much the tower actually leans. It is crazy! What was even crazier was how many people were taking silly pictures where they look like they are holding up or pushing over the tower. We sat down and ate a snack and just watched. I’m talking hundreds of people. It was hilarious! We spend the rest of the evening walking around Pisa, looking in shops, eating delicious pasta and drinking tooooo much wine.
A Road Trip Through Tuscany: Florance
The next morning we hopped back in the car and drove about an hour and a half to Florance. I don’t know why but I was not expecting Florance to be so big or busy!
We were there on Easter Sunday and the crowds around the magnificent churches were insane. We enjoyed strolling around the city, eating paninis.
Before leaving we went to Giardino Bardini. It is a beautiful garden that offers amazing views of the city. There are restrooms and a small cafe at the top if you want to sit and enjoy a cappuccino glass of wine before descending.
A Road Trip Through Tuscany: Monteriggioni
Next, we headed to Monteriggioni which is a tiny town on a hill. It was a much nicer place after the hustle and bustle of Florance. We enjoyed the views and some gelato before heading to our Airbnb.
Our Airbnb was a bed and breakfast in the countryside about 25 minutes outside of Siena. After seeing all the picturesque houses we were so excited to actually stay in one! It turned out to be very old and actually kind of creepy at night!
Our Bed and Breakfast
After checking in we enjoyed a tour of a local winery that included delicious tastings.
I highly recommend the Mazzie Winery if you are planning your trip and want to visit a winery! The drive out there alone makes it worth it!
We learned so much about the process of making wine and I think we both have a new found respect it! We ended our day with a fancy pants dinner at the winery’s restaurant.
A Road Trip Through Tuscany: Siena
Outlast full day started bright and early! We drove to Siena which was my favorite part of the trip. It was like Florance only way less crowded and there wasn’t a single street that was charming with history.
This is Piazza del Campo which is the beautiful square that Siena is known for
I wanted to go in so badly (click on the link to see why!). At some point, all the cathedrals in Europe have started to all look the same, but this one seemed different! We got there two hours before it opened and didn’t have the time to wait:(
A Road Trip Through Tuscany: San Gimignano
After Siena, we started driving to the coast. There is a small medieval town called San Gimignano that I was dying to see so we stopped there on our way. The traffic on the narrow country roads was horrible the closer we got to San Gimignano. Really I just wanted a view of the town and the “fine towers” that it is known for. We happen to pull off on a side road and found THE BEST view.
We also got to see a local come out of his beautiful old home and survey his vineyards with the help of his dogs.
Can you imagine living there and getting to see this every day?
A Road Trip Through Tuscany: Castiglioncello
Our last stop was the beach! We stayed in a small town called Castiglioncello which honestly didn’t have much to offer except for the beach.
We spent the remaining hours of daylight sprawled out on the beach.
After two long months apart, this trip was a romantic adventure that we are both so grateful for.