This post could be renamed “What could be better than visiting with friends in TUSCANY??!!”
Donna and Joe have bought a NEW home (they had a previous one in Radicofani) in a most AMAZING village. But even more amazing is the house, part of a former frantoio (oil mill). I could wax poetic about the incredible vision of these two as they had workmen remove ceilings to reveal ancient Tuscan tile and beams, re-purpose and create spaces, breathe new life into the garden of olive trees and grape vines, and have the guts to do most of this with a crew of Italian guys whom Donna connected with and directed from home in the US.
Honestly, don’t even THINK about renting any other place in Tuscany. Donna and Joe’s place—take a look. I’m serious. DO NOT RENT ANY OTHER PLACE! And. . .they live right under a castle. As Joe says, “NO ONE will ever build in our backyard!” And their vision continues as they plan a second terrace to be built with “la rocca” as a background. (Lower right in this photo.)
This home was owned by family for generations and when they left they simply closed the door. Left behind. . .toothbrushes, clothes, and a variety of “found objects” which have been turned into objects d’arte.
So we sat under the Tuscan sun, which became the Tuscan sunset, which became the star-filled Tuscan night. With good friends, good food, good wine. . .what could be better!?