A Road Trip of a Lifetime – Part Three

No doubt Tuscany, with its breathtaking panoramas, excellent wine and exquisite food, is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy. There are so many things to see and to do that it was a real challenge to plan our one day we had to visit Tuscany. When researching both Dustin and I were certain that we absolutely had to visit San Gimignano – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They call San Gimignano the “Manhattan of Tuscany”.  San Gimignano rises on the top of a hill, 400m above sea level.  The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 50 m) as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano is the most perfectly preserved medieval Italian city. It’s not just the towers that have made the city famous; the entire city is a magical flashback in time.


San Gimignano walls


San Gimignano Towers


Look who made it to San Gimignano!


“Manhattan of Tuscany”


Just loved this


Il Corso in San Gimignano

The views from the top of the wall, which we did climbed,  are absolutely incredible. The Tuscany you always dreamed of!


Selfie in San Gimignano


A painting


Tuscany hills


Love the colors


Driving away from San Gimignano

After spending a good part of our afternoon in a picturesque, medieval hill-town in the lush Tuscan countryside, we jumped in the car and drove in another awe-inspiring Medieval and Renaissance hill-town, Montepulciano. We thought that Montepulciano was the perfect place for us to spend the night, and it sure was!


Montepulciano from the distance


Amazing hills

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We stayed in one of the oldest hotel in town, Albergo Il Marzocco. The hotel is within the  town walls, it’s in a quiet location  and the staff  really made us feel at home. After taking a shower we ventured out in search of a restaurant. I really wanted Dustin to try the quintessential Florentine dish, the famous and colossal Bistecca Alla Fiorentina or Florentine Steak. While walking we got inspired and vowed by  this adorable restaurant,  Ristorante Degli Archi,  that was tucked back between buildings and had a sign that made us smile (Inside Wonderful View) and sold us on having dinner there.


Inside Wonderful View Sign

This was no doubt our favorite restaurant we’ve ever been to and  the greatest meal experience of our life. The place is elegant and oozes love. The arches are what make the interior so stunning! The deep red walls, brick work, paintings, tapestries, and lamps make this dining room feel so welcoming and super romantic. It felt like we were in someone’s living room.


Ristorante Degli Archi – Montepulciano


Amazing view & handsome man;-)

Montepulciano’s fields produce a violet-scented, orange-speckled ruby wine called Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.  Dustin chose a 2009 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano bottle for this special meal.


2009 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano


Perfect picture

The staff were amazing and super friendly.


We had bruschetta for appetizer


My chicken dish


Our lovely waiteress cutting the 1.4 kilos Fiorentina steak


La Fiorentina


Ready, Set, Go!


My hubby sucking on the bone

After dinner the owner Pier sang to us. Seriously. It was one of the single greatest moments in our life.


Great night!

To me a good meal is more than just tasty food, it’s an experience that should be remembered. I can safely say with absolute certainty we will remember our time at Degli Archi for the rest of my life. Thank you Pier! After dinner we walked around, got gelato and enjoyed the town at night.


We were shocked of how many older people were out at 11pm


La piazza in Montepulciano

Next is gonna be the last post of our road trip.


One thought on “A Road Trip of a Lifetime – Part Three

  1. I LOVE the story about Pier singing to you! That is like something out of a movie!!! San Gimignano is one of my favoritest spots in the world 🙂 Gorgeous pics Bella!

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