Tuscany = Best Wine in the World!

The Tuscan landscape looks just like a Renaissance painting with rolling hills of grass, walled castle villages, cypress trees, olive groves, and the famous vineyards of chianti and brunello.The area around Montalcino and Montepulciano is especially appealing, and, as much as I shy away from tourist scenes, I have to admit that I was drawn to this one. Ask me again in high tourist season next month and I may have a different opinion!

Le Camicie is perched on the side of a Tuscan hill amidst the rows of lush vines thriving in the red soil. A restored farmhouse, Le Camicie was renovated with all the modern conveniences. The bathrooms are exquisite, the tall, rafted ceilings thoughout give it a bright, open feeling. I only wish we had more windows to see the incredible 180 degree views of the valley!

Wandering around the property, we met Fosco, a man of 82 years, still working the vines as if he were a 40 year old. He shared with us his life, one that consisted of days spent working the vines, eating lots of olive oil, a little wine and the love of a good woman. This must be the secret to youth!