|The rolling hills of Pienza, Italy.|
On Sunday my friends and I took a break from the busy city life of Florence.
We boarded a bus around 8 a.m. and headed off to see the Tuscan countryside.
Our first stop was in a small town called Pienza.
|Cheese sports in Pienza|
After Pienza we were on our way to Salcheto Winery. This was probably the scariest part of the trip mostly because the charter bus we were on got stuck going uphill and most of the trip there was spent driving on winding dirt roads with high cliffs on either side of the bus. Somehow we made it to Salcheto Winery unscathed, and only had to get off the bus once so it could drive up a really steep part of the road.
This particular winery is very eco-friendly and modern. We got to take a quick tour of the facility before lunch and I tried to get some pictures of the underground rooms, but there was little light.
|The dining and wine tasting area|
|A homemade pasta with tomato sauce|
|Wines and appetizers|
|Where the wine is stored|
|Twilight: New Moon was filmed in Montepulciano.|
While I browsed the shops and walked through the steep city streets I kept having a strange feeling of deja vu. Obviously I hadn't been to Montepulciano. Before this trip I hadn't even left the United States for longer than a day. Then we ran into a poster outside one of the local businesses. One of the Twilight movies had been filmed in Montepulciano. Suddenly, it all made sense.
After visiting the open markets of the city we returned to the scary charter bus and returned to Florence.