Amanda and Tim’s Italy trip: Tuscany

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And we’re back with some photos of the remainder of the big trip! Tuscany is a place that you always hear about, but I feel like not many people make it past Florence to the smaller Tuscan towns. Lucca was a nice welcome after braving the crowds in Florence. The streets were quiet and breezy and it was the first time we felt like actual locals. Plus we had the most delicious pizza of our trip there, at a family-run place called Pizzeria da Felice, where one of their specialties is “cecina” which is a salted, fried chickpea pancake.

Other delicious dinners we had were at Ristorante Giglio (which had the BEST house red) and Trattoria da Giulio (the Tagliatelle Arrabiata was to die for!)

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Pisa is only 20 minutes from Lucca, so we had to check out the Tower of course. We were left speechless by the Duomo beautiful with its ornate and lavish detailing.

One of the highlights of the trip was our bike ride on top of the medieval wall that surrounds Lucca. Many Italian towns have walls that used to keep the city protected in case of a barbarian attack. This particular wall was so thick that the top of it was turned into a dreamy park, where you can ride bikes or walk around, gazing at the town to your left or the Tuscan landscape to your right. It was some serious magic!

We were pretty sad to leave Lucca, but on a friend’s gelateria recommendation, we headed to San Gimignano. What a cute town it was! And yes, that gelato was worth the special trip…Gelateria di Piazza was mind-blowing. The gelato artisan was a part of the team that won the gelato World Cup two years in a row (I love that there is a World Cup for gelato!) and can I say that it was leagues above anything else we had the entire trip! We then stopped for a simple and delicious lunch at Gustavo Bar Enoteca, and purchased tins of olive oil made in San Gimignano to bring home for our family and friends.

Feeling a bit rushed to get to our next destination, we popped into Siena for a few hours, had dinner and went exploring around the medieval town.

Moving on…we drove about 2 hours south to the tiny town of Saturnia. Our hotel, Terme di Saturnia, is a spa resort where we recuperated from all the intense travel for a couple of days. Down the street from the hotel there is an area where water gushes into a large natural pool, flowing over a waterfall and down to a series of natural pools carved in the rock. It looked like something from another planet! Strange and fascinating, all at the same time. The warm thermal pools are said to have healing properties and many Italians still drink from the springs or breathe their vapors to relieve everything from asthma to backaches. I might mention that the springs have a pretty strong sulphur smell which takes some getting used to!

We had SUCH a wonderful time in Tuscany! But we had no idea what we were about to experience in our next destination…the Amalfi Coast. Stay tuned for the dreamy details!

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Ashley on Oct 26, 2011

These photos are amazing! My husband and I went to Italy last winter, and we've talked about wanting to rent a home in Tuscany the next time we go back. Hopefully we can make that trip sooner rather than later!

Rebecca on Oct 26, 2011

Love this post..thank you for sharing! I need to visit Tuscany and I'm determined to do it next summer!

Christina A. on Oct 26, 2011

Those pools in Saturnia looks so fascinating! And your photos are amazing...looks like a dreamy trip!

anne on Oct 26, 2011

Your gelato talk has gotten me all hungry! I'd love to go to San Gimignano to try that gelato place. thanks for the lovely post.

Tori @ Sitting in a Tree on Oct 26, 2011

Awwww, love seeing these pics from some really special places in Italy... What an amazing trip you had! Makes me want to go back now!

Pam on Oct 26, 2011

Thank-you ever so much for this gorgeous and mouth watering post. Italy is on my bucket list and swoon, swoon, this was most informative on where to visit and go. Lovely and oh so enviable!

wedding dresses on Oct 27, 2011

Wonderful views! I have a travel paln but don't get enough spare time to realize it.

Jackie C on Oct 28, 2011

The last photo (Saturnia) is divine! Fabulous.

Sara on Oct 31, 2011

I'm from happy you guys loved it! It's such a beautiful and intimate city and I can't wait to get married there!!!

100layercake on Nov 3, 2011

Sara, you are so lucky! What an amazing place to get married! Congrats!

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