A couple of years ago,I took a train from Milan to Rome. As the train sped through the Tuscan country side enough blurry fragments caught my eye to leave me dreaming of a return.
After months of Tuscany continuously calling my name and SCREAMING Girls Trip! It was time to put the logistics together and send an email to my female tribe. When enough “hell yeahs”, came firing back….the Tuscan dream was becoming a reality.
Fast forward to a year later, Seven of my favorite women arrived to our beautiful villa, The Tuscan backdrop was stunning and the villa was beyond perfect. Oh and the prosecco was bottomless. We couldn’t stop pinching ourselves. It was all that delightful.
The lovely owners did all cooking on request and catered to our every need as did their daughter, Margherite, a massage therapist.
Our Villa, Villa di Capannole, situated in the heart of Tuscany in a tiny village called Bucine. Pronounced -bu-sha-nay, for anyone looking to perfect their Italian. 😉. For wine lovers, Bucine is situated between Chianti and Montepulciano.
Bucine is a short drive to the gorgeous medieval town of Arezzo which is most notable for being featured in the movie: Life is Beautiful.
This was our first day exploring as a group. Most of us did Firenze (Florence) on arrival. FYI, If you want amazing Italian leather, Florence is the place.
Wednesday is market day in Siena. The Siena market is large and fabulous for cheap clothes. It take place in La Lizza Park from 8:30 till 1:30. Siena has a medieval cityscape and is one of the most famous cities in Tuscany. Like the rest of Tuscany – it is stunning.
Our final exploration day was between Pienza, Montepulciano and trying to find the elusive Prada factory. We never found Prada. However, we stumbled upon Montepulcianoand Pienza. These gorgeous towns blew us away. Small, quaint, tucked neatly into the ancient Tuscan hills. I absolutely loved them!
Views of Pienza & Montepulciano
The final day we relaxed at the villa before parting ways. Some spent a final night in Rome eating just one last fabulous Italian meal.
It’s safe to say, we all left sated, puffy and beaming.
But, most importantly we left RECONNECTED. We laughed so hard we cried and possibly even peed….just a little.
Though this awesome week together….drinking, eating, talking, chilling and recharging. Girls Trips are not only FUN….they’re SOUL MEDICINE. We chicas need this time to disconnect from the demands of our lives. Away from our partners, careers, kids and daily grind. Cause you know what? We come home energized and HAPPY. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and we’ve missed life at home. Better yet, we can tell we’ve been missed.