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Jul 24, 2012

Welcome to Italy: Our Tuscan Villa

The time had come for us to leave the land of lederhosen and travel to the country of wine and pasta!
Just so you know, not a single one of us had ever been to Italy before, so this leg of our vacation was sure to be exciting...and nerve wracking. After living almost a year in Germany, D and I had grown accustomed to the culture and felt comfortable navigating around the country, even with our limited knowledge of the German language. But Italy was going to be another story. We knew no Italian, really didn't know many of the customs, and weren't sure exactly how the train system would work (in Germany it's FABULOUS...Italy, not so much). We brushed up a bit before leaving, but we were basically flying blind with 8 of our closest family members in tow. My anxiety level was sky high, to say the least. But I was determined to enjoy every second of our time in Italy...I'd be a fool not to!

We arrived at the airport early on a Monday morning to jet off to Bologna, where we'd start our journey to Tuscany (if you have to rent a car--and you will if you want to drive through Tuscany...and trust me, you'll want to drive through Tuscany-- fly through Bologna, it's SO much cheaper than flying into Florence!). We rented cars, loaded up the fam, and made the hour drive to Carmignano, Italy (30 minutes outside Florence) where our Tuscan farmhouse and gracious host, Barbara, awaited our arrival. This villa, Agriturismo Fuccioli II, was a dream. It had such Tuscan charm, hidden amongst acres of olive groves and lemon trees. Barbara and her mother (who spoke no English) greeted us with smiles and hugs, then showed us around our home for the next 6 days. It's like we'd all died and gone to Italian heaven.

I couldn't think of a more perfect place to start our adventure in Italy...could you?
Tomorrow, stop by and see the biggest gelato cone that ever was...oh and a recap of our day in Florence. 
There's a lot more Italian fun to come! :) 


  1. Hi! Just found your blog through the blog hop! Beautiful pictures of Italia that make me drool as I hope to visit one day!


  2. Oh, I love Italy -- your gorgeous photos are really bringing me back! Your villa looks so enchanting, and definitely like the perfect place to unwind with family. Can't wait to see the rest of your adventures!

  3. Lovely post! I can't wait to read about more of your time "Under the Tuscan Sun".

  4. Oh, how magical! We spent a few days in Florence and Siena for part of our honeymoon and loooooved Tuscany. I really want to get back there and spend more time out in the countryside. I can't wait to hear more!

  5. *sigh* I was born for Tuscany...it's a fact. Even with this small taste of your Tuscan-leg thus far, I already want to start a "travel to Tuscany" piggy bank fund! Just so utterly enchanting at every turn... Can't wait for more!!!

  6. These pictures are stunning! I'm headed to Italy in October and these pics make me want to leave right now! I don't think I'll ever leave.

  7. WHat a lovely time. I love Italy. Especially, Tuscany.

  8. OMG...I was just thinking that I wanted to go to Tuscany next. Maybe we'll stay at this place...we plan on taking leave late next month!

  9. Really away some pictures i am planning to go there in next month.

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  10. Orlando Villas Orlando villas for vacation rental. Great choice of 3 -7 bed villas.

  11. Wow, great pictures. My husband and I were just looking at Tuscan Villa rentals last week. I have always wanted to go to Tuscany, I can't wait. It looks so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.


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