The historic town of Montalcino. After reading Renato's Luck I knew I had to visit the slow paced hill town in the beautiful Tuscany. A site of medieval fairytale perfection speckled with vineyards, orchards, ancient oak trees and scenic country roads. I can't wait to head off the beaten path to this beautiful hilltop town.
Located on the Italian Riviera, this picturesque fishing village is a major destination for a lot of people and normally that's something I would shy away from but how can I not visit this beautiful place? A stunning crescent moon shaped bay, historic castles, beautiful churches - there's so much to see, I can't wait to visit this town.
The Grand Canal in Venice
Because freaking DUH. There's something magical about traveling through an ancient city by waterway. All the shops and restaurants and has anyone seen photos of this CRAZY bookstore called Libreria Acqua Alta? Definitely at the top of my Italian destination list.
Another Italian Riviera destination that is a beautiful collection of five unadulterated Italian towns nestled in the cliffs and rugged coastline. As Rick Steves said, "a fascinating tangle of pastel homes that lean on each other like drunken sailors." Beautiful words, right? I can tell I'm going to need an abundance of memory cards to get me through this region.
Bike Tours through the Scenic Tuscan Countryside
I haven't decided on what bike service I'm going to use (if I use one at all, I might decide to try and be brave and navigate myself) but I can just see myself riding a bike (or vespa) through the Italian countryside stopped at scenic olive groves, orchards and vineyards. I really need to hone in on my photography skills so I can really do this region justice.
Thermal Springs in Saturnia
I mean, would you just look at it? I don't even think this one needs words. Who wouldn't want to relax in the beautiful natural thermal springs of Saturnia. I've never visited any hot springs even though we have some right here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest - I can't decide if I want to wait until I'm somewhere foreign to pull my hot spring v-card or venture up to the one's in my own backyard right now!