I just spent 9 amazing days in Italy in Tuscany driving through the Chianti region and discovering or rediscovering Florentine sights. On the way back I stopped in Milan.
I was surprised how much I was able to do with a 3 years old child. He was quite a good traveler and took part of most churches and palaces visits!
On the program were the towns of Radda, Castellina, Vertine, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and the abbey of Badia a Coltibuono. We headed to Siena to do a complete tour of the cathedral, crypt, baptistery and museum before arriving at the magnificent town square, Il Campo.
In Florence in addition to the Vecchio Palace and cathedral that I already knew I managed an in depth visit of Santa Croce and stopped at the Romanesque church San Miniato al Monte near Michelangelo Square.
Here are the places I will remember the most about my Italian trip:
1. Gothic cathedral of Siena
It is without a doubt one of the nicest cathedrals I have ever seen.
2. Milan’s duomo by night
The cathedral of Milan is breathtaking during day time but at night it is magical.
3. Tuscan sunsets over the Chianti vineyards near Castellina in Chianti
4. Ice cream from Grom in Siena
It is the best ice cream I had in my life.
5. Il Campo’s windows in Siena
I enjoyed looking at the different windows.
6. Eating for the first time PanForte
Don’t leave Tuscany without trying this delicious dessert.
7. Enjoying early morning on the terrace in our rental farm
It was very relaxing, beautiful with all rosemary and lavender bushes and warm even at 7:00 a.m.
8. Longing the Arno River in Florence
Walking from Michelangelo Square to the Ponte Vecchio and along the Arno river is a must during your stay in Florence.
9. Eating antipastis
I admit I ate too many antipastis!
10. Looking at the sacred sites’ stain glass windows
If you love stain glass windows, you will be happy in Tuscany!