Matthew and I were sad to leave Assisi but we were excited to go to our new villa. It looked gorgeous in the pictures and when we got there it blew those expectations out of the water. It was in a small town nestled underneath Lucignano, a slightly bigger yet still small town. There were herb gardens and lemon trees on the property, as well as tons of beautiful flowers growing everywhere. The above photo was taken in the backyard.
This was the only map Matthew and I used the whole trip and surprisingly we only got turned around twice. I told Matthew I was a good navigator! He, in turn, was a good stick shift driver. I tried to learn but it was a little too scary!
homemade pici pasta in Lucignano
While we were in the countryside Matthew and I explored many of the hill towns, including Montepulciano, Pienza and Montalcino. We found life to be very laid-back and the people we met were kind, friendly and very helpful. In the restaurants we found a lot of appreciation for fine foods made from fresh, local produce. We discovered that every little town has something they're "famous" for. Matthew and I even made a few dinners for ourselves during the week we were there. It was fun to shop in the local grocery stores and pretend to be locals. When we went on day trips to Florence and Siena we were so looking forward to coming back "home." For anyone going to Italy, I would recommend spending as much time as you can in the countryside. It was definitely my favorite part of the whole trip!
Oh, also, I've gotten some questions about wedding photos
and yes I definitely will be posting them!
The photographer said they should be back in 4-6 weeks
so I'll post them as soon as a I can!