From Florence we made our way to Montalcino where we checked into Castel Brunello and were greeted by the beautiful and welcoming owner, Erna. She was lovely and recommended two restaurants just uphill from the Brunello estate.
The sun was beginning to set on the hills, so we had our luggage put away and went straight to dinner. I captured this watercolor sunset on our way to Trattoria Il Leccio, and sincerely the picture doesn’t do it justice. Simply breathtaking.
We sat outside the trattoria with only one other couple and a small group having a dinner party (all locals) and were the only tourists to be seen. It was a wonderful experience being able to fully immerse ourselves in Montalcino life. We decided on the chef’s menu, 4 courses and two bottles of incredible Brunello wine later we realized we had been there for two hours and were closing the place down. Italians do not rush their meals, they encourage taking your time and living la dolce vita, so I guess you could say we truly embraced that philosophy and the staff was so incredible and warm, it felt like saying goodbye to friends when we left and the whole town square looked like a movie set. Exactly how I envisioned small town Italy, perfectly dreamy.
Friday morning we woke up to rain showers at Castel Brunello, so we slowly made our way down to breakfast. The property was stunning, even on a drizzly grey morning.
We planned our day at breakfast. First a stop back in town for some extra bottles of Brunello Di Montalcino wine (Starting at $50 a bottle these make a lovely gift to bring home to the states for a variety of price ranges. We picked up some for our parents who so graciously watched our babies while we were away, and we can’t recommend it enough especially if you enjoy a dark peppery red). We packed our bags and loaded the car. I mentioned in my Florence post that I’d share more details on our first class ride, a brand new (we were the first to drive it!) 2016 Fiat 124 Spider. If you’re going to do a romantic road trip in Italy… This is how to do it!
So back to the trattoria and wine shop we went, and while we were there I decided to snap a few pictures of the dreamy little village where we had eaten the evening prior.
It was just as, if not more picturesque by day. I could live here in a heartbeat.
Of course mid photo-sesh the rain decided to return, so we tucked into a stairway as it passed. Remember when I said earlier that I felt like I was on a movie set? Well getting caught in a mid morning shower with this handsome man in Montalcino took it to total rom-com status and pretty much took my breath away!
The sprinkles quickly subsided and we got on the road to Rosewood’s Castiglione Del Bosco for a wine tasting. Castiglione Del Bosco is in one word, stunning. We had some time before our tasting which allowed us to tour the enchanting estate.
The pool and view of Tuscany was awe-inspiring. What a magnificent place!
Derek was braver than I and climbed up a ruined bell tower…
While I personally opted for the stairs, ha! After our leisurely tasting we departed for our next destination just a quick drive away.
More about the perfect retreat on a cool afternoon in my next post on the thermal hot springs of Bagni San Filippo… Ciao Montalcino!