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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.

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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!

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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.

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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:

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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.

Marcia:

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!!

nancyhol:

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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