As you may have read in other posts I love visiting Italy. Myself and my husband have been to a few places as a couple and will keep going for as long as we can. There is always a new place for us to explore, different places to eat and for me plenty of photos to take. Amongst our favourite places Bagno Vignoni is towards the top of the list. This has become one of my favourite places as the whole area was incredibly tranquil. From the car park walking down we were immediately immersed and feel surrounded by nature. Even though on our second visit two years later we saw the building works that were going on it didn’t impact our surroundings.
In the middle of Bagno Vignoni sits the previously used natural spa baths it was restaurants, shops, a hotel and a modern spa. A short walk outside of the square showed the history of the mills, the waterways and how they were used to sustain the town years before. On our honeymoon we stopped for a coffee on our first visit and a light lunch on our second as I wanted to return before we left. Our second trip to Italy a few years later we visited again. It looked like they were putting more money into the area, adding another building and this time, looking down from the old waterways, people were below in the water themselves. The shops around the bath sold handmade pieces, decorations and homewares from the local areas and it was good to see that they had kept it authentic and true to style.
Next time we visit Tuscany I have no doubt we would go to the baths again, maybe even taking a dip ourselves. I would also like to plan ahead during another trip and try their spa facilities as well as hopefully be able to treat both of us to a massage. I love going to a spa so doing so in such a stunning place would be a great experience.
If you haven’t had enough of Italy try my Montalcino Travel Diaries or read about our trip to Venice. .
Having been to Tuscany twice now, once on our honeymoon and once with family, we have managed to visit Montepulciano multiple times. One our first visit we went back two or three times before we even realised that there was a whole other part of town we hadn’t yet explored. During our second holiday to the area we were slightly more seasoned and were ready with more of what we wanted to see and where we wanted to go.
One of our favourite spots in Montepulciano is the balcony of Caffe Poliziano. Walking through the cafe restaurant you can sit at the back looking over the fields enjoying a drink and some dessert treats. They have a large glass cabinet of mini desserts and patisserie treats that at the time cost between 1 – 4 euro each. It is a relaxing spot with a luxury feel and we will no doubt be going on our trip to the town.
My next spot again includes food funnily enough. This time in the form of a picnic. Hiring a car on our honeymoon meant we were able to go just outside of Montepulciano to a farm shop where you could pick a basket of meats, cheese, bread and wine and sit outside. This is up there as one of my favourite experiences from our honeymoon as it was just relaxed, easy and had beautiful views.
Another experience we got to do on our second visit to Tuscany was wine tasting. Down in the cellars at Cantina Fattoria della Talosa we got to see the barrels of wine and hear what made each wine different to the next. We also got to hear about the history of the site which was said to be the oldest in the area to include a visit to the caves and of course taste the local wine and eat the meats and cheeses alongside it. It was here I decided to bring a bottle home for my parents as a ‘thanks for looking after the dog’ gift.
Anytime we go to Tuscany now we will always visit Montepulciano and my husband says the town is one of his favourites, as with most places in Italy the food anywhere we go is amazing and here is no different. Pizza, pasta, bread and wine is all I ask for in any restaurant so I’m always happy in Italy.
If you havent already check out my other Italian Travel Diaries posts and see more of Montalcino and Venice.
It feels like such a long time ago we were relaxing on the sunny hills of Tuscany but it was only a few months ago. Thinking about it reminds me of our second visit to Italy which was our honeymoon. It took us so long to decide where we wanted to go but we finally booked our trip away and decided to discover different parts of Tuscany.
We arranged three destinations for our honeymoon and had been given recommendations of where to stay and what to visit. After arriving our first stay in Tuscany was La Foce. La Foce is a beautiful estate spread out over yellow fields with a history of being dilapidated until a couple bought it to renovate. This is to us exactly how we imagined Tuscany to be when we booked our stay. In front of the house ran fields and trees for miles giving it a relaxed feel, perfect as we wanted this holiday to be exactly that. The house came with a pool and although I didn’t get in once Mr L took a swim plenty of times whereas I chose to sunbathe and read instead. The rooms were lovely, well serviced and comfortable. Modern and clean but with a cosy barn twist. I looked forward to breakfast everyday as it was freshly prepared meats and cheeses, fruits, yoghurt and toast and best of all fresh coffee.
From La Foce we could easily get to the town of Montepulciano which we visited a few times. It was on the outskirts of Montepulciano that my husband found us the best place for a picnic. It was a farm shop where you could pick a basket to fill with meats, cheeses and wine and sit outside overlooking Tuscany. We visited the farm shop twice and even managed to bring some jams home.
Having visited Venice and Verona previously we knew what to expect in terms of food. Throughout the whole honeymoon we ate an incredible amount of pizza and decided to change it up one evening when we ate out at an Osteria at the top of Montepulciano. It was one of our favourite restaurants of the honeymoon and we would definitely go again. The dinner was a set menu to include 4 courses and wine and if they did such an option like that closer to home I would be there all the time.
Another place we managed to visit that came on recommendation was Bagno Vignoni. This was another of my favourite places as it was so incredibly tranquil. In the middle sat the previously used natural spa baths and surrounding it was restaurants, shops, a hotel and a modern spa. A short walk outside of the square showed the history of the mills, the waterways and how they were used to sustain the town years before. We stopped for a coffee on our first visit and a light lunch on our second as I wanted to return before we left. The shops around the bath sold handmade pieces, decorations and homewares from the local areas and it was good to see that they had kept it authentic and true to style.