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2004 Trip - Tuscany - Driving to Lucca

After disembarking from Wind Spirit after our Mediterranean cruise, we waited to be picked up by the driver I had booked thru Benvenuto Limos. Daniel arrived and off we went for our drive to Lucca - in a very comfortable Mercedes sedan.


Daniel spoke really good English and gave us a running commentary as we traveled from the port outside Rome to Lucca. We did have several stops planned along the way - I had requested to visit Montalcino and/or Montepulciano to taste their wonderful wines. Daniel also wanted to take us to his favorite hilltown, Montereggioni, for a short visit.

And then there was lunch . . . I had been researching lunch locations in the Montalcino area and came across Boccon DiVino numerous times. Since it was located right outside Montalcino, I thought it would be a convenient place to stop.

Our first stop, though, was the Fortezza in Montalcino, where we tasted Brunellos. Montalcino looks like a darling little town, but we only have an hour to spend there - we will just have to come back to explore more!


On to lunch at Boccon DiVino. It was only a short distance down the road, so we arrived a little early for our lunch reservation. The view from the outdoor tables at the restaurant was fantastic. Our lunch and the accompanying wine were all delicious.



We continued our Tuscany Tour and visited Daniel's favorite hilltown, Montereggioni. It was just a tiny little town - I would like to return someday and see more of it. We checked out the small church and walked around a little bit before it was time to go. Here are a couple of photos of the town:



We finally arrived in Lucca, and Daniel delivered us to our Bed & Breakfast, Villa Romantica. More on that tomorrow.

Comments (6)

Daniel is cute! And wow, what a view that is.


Dry land at last! And who wouldn't be happy driving to Lucca with Daniel and his lovely car?

Barb Cabot:

Daniel is cute and I think my daughters would have much preferred him as our driver than the older man I hired for the Amalfi Coast. Oh well. The trip looks so wonderful. Great posts. feel like I'm right on the journey with you.

Wonderful post. That area is so beautiful, I very much enjoyed Montereggione despite all the tourists. Your photos are great!

I walked along the top of the Fortezza in Montalcino after drinking some wine. That was a mistake. Next time walk first, then the wine :) I have been thinking of going back to Lucca. It has been a while since I have spent time in Tuscany. I am looking forward to reading more about your time in Lucca. Daniel IS cute!!


You are right - Daniel was very cute. And personable too.

I would love to go back to Tuscany to explore some more.

Thank you for all of your comments.

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