Linda & I had traveled with this group two years ago. We toured Sorrento, the Amalfi coast, Sicily(where we traveled to Palermo, Mt. Etna & Taormina) and then to Rome. In Rome, we attended The Vatican & saw Pope Francis & all the other great sites in Rome.
Back in December, Linda called me & said the same lady who facilitated the trip in 2015, was putting together another group for Tuscany, Florence, Portovener, Turin & Alba. I said "sign me up".
One of the things that intrigued me on this trip was that we were going to stay in a Villa in Tuscany. All I could think about was the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" with Diane Lane. She was a writer, who impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.
After almost twenty-four hours of traveling, we arrived in Florence. Andrea, our bus driver was patiently waiting for us as we came through customs.
All fifteen of us loaded up in the van & began our forty-five minute trip to the Tuscany area. Driving along the highway, I observed the rolling hills of vineyards.
Along the road, I saw so many villas. I wonder which one would be ours. We finally pulled up to the rock gate of La Canonical Di Corrine Estate. The bus was not allowed into the estate. The staff greeted us and told us they would get our luggage.
Villa Affresco is a magnificent classic Italian villa dating back to the 15th century and comprises part of an ancient Tuscan castle. It is located in the heart of the Chianti countryside.
As I walked through the gate, I felt I had arrived into another era. The whole world seemed to have changed and there were no worries before me.
Eliza, our Italian interpreter, began to hand out the keys to our rooms. She then began to show us what our accommodations would be for the next seven days.
The ceilings are about twelve feet tall. One wall was painted a teal color with a medieval drawing. There were floral accents throughout the Villa.
We proceeded outside to the gardens of white roses and then to the pool area.
From Linda & mine's room, we opened the eight foot windows to smell the surroundings, see the vineyards and hear the chattering of the birds.
Words can't even describe our dinner. The two ladies started cooking about five p.m. You could smell the aroma of olive oil and other spices. We would be eating outside. The ten foot table was covered with a beautiful blue tablecloth & napkins. The dishes were light green with olives sketched on them. The homemade pasta & their own wine made the meal extra special.
I enjoyed conversing with the others, hearing the laughter and watching the sunset in the distance.