Now if you’re anything like me and you’re basically always dreaming up your next adventurous getaway, let me just go ahead and direct your attention to a gem on the map that should be on the top of your list….
If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you’ll remember that not long ago, my husband and I embarked on a European adventure in which we explored parts of Croatia, Italy, and Germany.
From the teal blue water of the Adriatic to the foggy forests of Bavaria, they were all dreamy locations to encounter, but there’s something special about Italian hospitality.
Remember when I told you about our charming stay at Il Brucaolivo? Well, the next eco-friendly stop along our journey was in the rolling hills of Tuscany and let me tell you…if your travel preferences involve delicious food, excellent wine and a beautiful countryside view, you need to visit Tuscany.
Specifically, you need to visit Podere Spedalone.
In earlier times, this beautiful, Tuscan farmstead served as a safe harbor and resting spot for traveling pilgrims; today the agritourism is still fulfilling this purpose by providing a taste of classic Italian hospitality to travelers like us.
What a dream.
“Podere Spedalone is a magic place, people have lived here and enjoyed it for a thousand years but to really discover and understand its secrets there is only one way…drink a bottle of good vino with us!”
When I first stumbled across Podere Spedalone and began communicating with our host, Alessandro, I didn’t know how serious he was about this invitation for us to join him for a good bottle of wine.
As we soon discovered, however, it was not an empty offer.
After an entertaining but tiring day of museum exploration in Florence, my mom, dad, husband and I were planning on grabbing a bite to eat on the road before we arrived at Podere Spedalone. Before we could do so, I got a call from Alessandro, insisting that we skip the roadside fare and join him and his other guests for dinner.
Oh how glad I am that we said yes…
When we pulled up to the historic stone villa, Alessandro welcomed us in to a fire-lit dining room where we sat down for perhaps the most delicious meal of our whole trip…four courses of (gluten-free) magic that used the agritourism’s own fresh garden produce, included warm chocolate cake (again, gluten-free folks), and of course featured delightful local wines and olive oil.
Like I said, you need to visit Podere Spedalone…
So stay to tuned for more about it next Tuesday!
Thanks so much to Alessandro of Podere Spedalone for hosting us!