Italy has so much to offer! It is an amazing and very diverse country and we had such a memorable time there. We loved the people, the climate, the breathtaking landscapes and the excellent food. We really enjoyed our stay at the Agriturismo (you can read more about that here) but today I want to share our (other) 5 favourite experiences that we loved in Italy, to be exact in Tuscany.
Here are our 5 favourite experiences in Italy:
1. Focaccia in Radicofani
We tend to like smaller villages where the pace is slower and less crowded so when I read about Radicofani, I thought we should give it a try. We did not stay very long as we were driving through the area and on our way to the Val d’Orcia. While we were walking through the streets, my husband decided to enter one of the stores (that didn’t have a door but simply a curtain of beads) and he ordered a focaccia bread. He ordered a simple version with olive oil and salt but it-was-so-good! This was the best focaccia we have ever had! We only wished we had bought more (and I only wish I had taken some photos!).
2. Drive from Piegaro to Radicofani
Piegaro is in Umbria, but it is right over the border and half of this drive is in Tuscany. The drive from Piegaro to Radicofani was gorgeous. It was a typical Tuscany landscape with rolling hills, passing fields of sunflowers, and curving roads. Shortly before we reached Radicofani there appeared a big valley on the left side of the road, it was beautiful! a little further down that road there was an extra spot (also on the left side) where you could park and perfect if you want to take pictures. We however continued driving as I saw it too late.
3. Drive from Ortimino to Montefioralle
Another favourite experience in Italy was our drive from Ortimino to Montefioralle. The difference here was that we were really driving in the middle of the olive vineyards. The roads here were much more narrow compared to the drive from Piegaro to Radicofani, and the olive vineyards started right next to the (narrow) roads.
We also saw a deer when we went back home on this same road (at dusk time)!
I must warn that the roads are also very narrow and you have to be careful with coming traffic, especially with corners where you can’t see what is coming. Don’t drive too fast, enjoy the scenery and drive safely.
4. La Cantinetta di Rignana
This restaurant is tucked away in the Tuscan hills of Rignana, and just a 15 minute drive from Montefioralle. I found this tip through Candace’s Mom in Italy post about Montefioralle. She has so many great tips! If you are planning a trip to Tuscany, just go and read up! I love her website!
Part of the road to this restaurant is unpaved so keep that in mind. Other than that, the place was quite an experience. The view is beautiful, the food was delicious, and the staff was very friendly. It was a lovely evening and one of our highlights in Italy.
5. Michelangelo’s David in Florence
Florence has so much to offer and is a true Renaissance city full of history, art and culture. On of our favourite experiences was visiting the Galleria dell’ Academia di Firenze and seeing Michelangelo’s David. Coming around the corner from where you go through security, all of a sudden I could see David in the back of the hall and he looked so majestic. It was quite a surprise that it is so large! We really enjoyed this and it was worth the wait.