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Tuscany

September 29th, 2010

Thanks to an impromptu meeting in the south of France in early fall, we got an opportunity to visit Italy again this year. This time we decided to rent a car and spend a week exploring the gorgeous landscape, historic cities, and gastronomy of Tuscany, one of many places we never thought we’d have a chance to visit. This was a real nice treat before returning to our studio in Bangkok again!

Here are a few notable places from this visit:

Fattoria Pratale
A farmhouse we stayed at. Located in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa or about 30 minutes outside of Florence. Our apartment was a corner apartment with windows open directly to a sea of vineyards. I really wish we had had the time to stay in more.

Antica Trattoria La Toppa
A cozy family-style homemade Italian restaurant recommended by a lady at the farmhouse. Very friendly hosts. And, freshly made pastas are a must-try.

Il Cavaliere by Castello di Gabbiano
A charming restaurant we ran into by accident on our way back to our apartment. Reservations are typically required for dinner as there are not many tables (indoor, at least.) All dishes, the oil, and the sparkling wine were excellent. Pricy but well worth it.

The City of Siena
I fell in love with the old town.
Its cathedral, Santa Maria Assunta, is awe-inspiring and the most flamboyant space we have ever physically been in. One warning though is that parking is very hard to find and the roads outside of old town can be hectic and confusing. So, studying the roads and public parking location beforehand is always wise.

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