A darling medieval hamlet tucked into the luscious countryside of the Tuscany region. It’s this tiny little town with a population of approximately 200 and I think maybe 2 people there spoke english…. Danny and I might have been those 2 people. It was an absolutely perfect place to call home for a week. In all honesty I cried at the end of our time there, even though we were literally moving just a few miles down the road to a little Agriturismo called Cretaiole.
Anyhow, after some fierce research and a glowing recommendation from Rick Steves, I booked a week at http://www.lecasinedicastello.com/index.php/en/apartment-il-nido (please be sure to click on here and read about this perfect little apartment) If you ever find yourself in search of the perfect Italian experience, this will fit the bill.
So…how did we get to Castelmuzio? We took a few trains from Venice to Chiusi, where we rented a car from a guy that had literally emailed me a hand drawn map on how to find his rental cars… #truth! It was only after I drove the wrong way down a one way street and caused a lot of horn honking and some choice Italian words that I didn’t learn in my Italian language course, did we actually get on the right road. With my hubby now in the drivers seat and me navigating, (I’m a better navigator than a driver) we were now REALLY on our way to our Tuscan adventure. If you’ve ever driven in Italy and especially into a town, village, city, anywhere…. you will know that there are a lot of signs, that pretty much tell you not to take your vehicle anywhere… luckily, we are in such a tiny little Fiat 500, we can pretty much just pick it up and walk it to where we need to go in town. So, because this is only a town of 200, it really only has one street into town…we find our apartment, and while it’s on a “street”, the street is really only as wide as a Little Tikes cozy coupe, which happens to be how wide the Fiat 500 is….so while we try to turn the car around, because guess what??? it’s pointed in the wrong direction on a one way street…. AGAIN.
Finally we are unpacked and ready to explore our little town, which takes exactly 15 minutes, because, well, it’s TINY… but oh so beautiful. We attempted to shop for the weeks of groceries, unfortunately it was siesta time at the little market. Lucky for us, we were greeted with a beautiful basket and refrigerator full of yummy food to get us through breakfast, and were lucky enough to have our first dinner at a new trattoria with some expats from Houston, TX…needless to say, our first night we fell into our big beautiful bed exhausted and full of amazing food and lots of wine with sweet dreams of what was in store for us for the next 2 weeks.
The following week, we spent time exploring many of the little hill towns within driving distance. This included Sienna, Radicofani, Petroio, Trequanda, Montisi, and Pienza just to name a few, we ate dinner in an old monastery where The English Patient was filmed called Sant’Anna in Camprena. We also spent a really special afternoon and evening at a wine tasting at a family owned vineyard that produced Brunello di Montalcino wine. This vineyard and gorgeous estate was nestled in the Tuscan hills close to Montalcino. Just down the road and was an Abby that we visited (Abbazia di Sant’Antimo) www.antimo.it and we listened to the Monks chant. The Abby is spectacular and the whole experience seemed surreal to me.. or maybe I’d had too much wine, but I’m pretty sure we witnessed something pretty special. We ate so much pasta and drank so much wine at our favorite restaurant Latte di Luna with new found friends and just completely immersed ourselves into the slow pace of the Tuscany region.