A Weekend Getaway in Tuscany

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

I have been to Tuscany before, I visited Florence twice, though don’t remember much apart from naked statues, so I always wanted to return to the region and explore it in a different way. Before I made this trip happen, it was previously cancelled two times for personal reasons. Finally, a few days ago I had a weekend getaway in Tuscany with my loyal travel companions, W and my traveling dog, Enzzo.

My plan was to stay in a hotel in the middle of the vineyards, in the Chianti region. I wanted to do a wine tasting of one of my favourite wines, Chianti, rent a bike, eat some good Italian pasta, visit nearby towns, and drink wine at the Tuscan sunset.

The trip started on a Friday. We drove from Munich to the small Tuscan village Quercegrossa, located 16 Km from Siena and 35 Km from San Gimignano. Normally it would take us maximum 7 hours to get there, though it was a long weekend, we weren’t the only ones driving on the roads. The result: we left Munich at 1pm and arrived there at 11:30pm, under some real rain.

Scratching our hassle to get to Tuscany, the weekend started out pretty good when I woke up to the amazing view of our room, the positive side of having arrived late at night and not being able to see a thing.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

After a delicious breakfast – I think I have confirmed my theory that after the French, the Italians are the ones who can make the best croissants – we headed to San Gimignano. I knew this city was beautiful, but I had no idea how much. When I started walking through its streets, I felt like I was daydreaming. I couldn’t stop saying: “what kind of town is this?”.

I immediately fell in love with the little town, and started to believe that I now should scratch New York as my favourite city in the World, and fairly replace it for San Gimignano. Favourite town updated: New York -> San Gimignano.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

San Gimignano

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

San Gimignano

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

San Gimignano

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

San Gimignano

We enjoyed our time in the city to walk thorough its passageways, shop for some souvenirs, sit at the main square and have some Spritz and some of the best ice cream in the World. Pictures here and there, I knew I would never forget this place, and that I had to go back there someday.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

Martini & Aperol Spritz

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

So I did… the day after! This time the sun was shining like crazy, and the city was even busier than the day before. All we did was wander around, sit on a bench, drink wine and have some more ice cream… why not?! Oh, in the meantime, Enzzo was enjoying his popularity among tourists and Italians, getting photographed, hugged and pampered.

On the second day we visited Siena, another beautiful Italian town full of history that you can’t miss while in the region. However, I recommend you to go there first, then to San Gimignano, or you won’t be impressed by its beauty so much. And if you have to choose between both, please go to San Gimignano.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

It was Sunday, and Siena was very busy with tourists. We wandered around with Enzzo, stopped by the stunning Duomo, walked through the famous Piazza del Campo, where the traditional Palio di Siena happens twice a year, and stopped by an “away from the crowd” little Italian restaurant to have some good pasta and pizza.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

The Duomo di Siena

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

Piazza del Campo, Siena

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

Biking

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

Previous to our arrival, I contacted a bicycle rental company (Cicli Rossi Siena) recommended by the hotel, and asked for 2 bikes for the weekend. We were very happy with the service and with the bikes, so I do recommend it. Unfortunately as it was raining a lot on Saturday, we only managed to take the bikes on Sunday and Monday morning before we headed back to Munich. It was worth it though.

We enjoyed taking a look around the hotel, a beautiful area with amazing vineyards, villages, stunning views, lakes and colourful flowers. Biking on the roads was not my favourite thing, but passing by the small villages around was breathtaking. What a beautiful place.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

Vineyards

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

Wine Tasting

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

Even if you are not a fan of wine, being in the Chianti region means you have to do a wine tasting, it is a sin not to. With our short time in Tuscany, we only managed to do one wine tasting, and we chose one of the most famous wine producers of the region, which is among the best in the World: Castello di Fonterutoli.

The wine tasting tour only took around 1 hour. We visited their huge cellar, learned a bit about their wines, how it is produced, and tried 3 of them, and one of its Grappa. I sincerely expected more for the price (€25 per person) I thought they were brief, and that we should have tried more of their wines. In any case it was a great experience.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

If you don’t want to do the wine tasting tour, it is also possible to just stop by their enoteca, try the wines without having to make a reservation and buy some to bring back home.

Where I stayed

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

View from the vineyards to the hotel

I stayed at La Loggia Vila Gloria. A very simple hotel, but with everything we were looking for: great price, location, service, and food, and a stunning view to the vineyards. If you are not looking for luxury, I can highly recommend this place.

Under the Tuscan sun (set)

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

We enjoyed our last night to sit at the terrace of our hotel room, sipping Chianti wine and watching the sun set. And what a sunset! This place is magical, and I do plan to go back and spend more time exploring all that Tuscany has to offer.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

During the trip I was reading the famous book Under the Tuscan Sun by Francis Mayes, it was a true inspiration for my days in Tuscany.

A weekend getaway in Tuscany, by Packing my Suitcase.

Short trip, lots of good memories.

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • You guys must’ve had a blast 🙂 Siena and San Gimignano look perfect! I’ve also been in Tuscany in the Florence region, but these photos really make me want to go back 🙂

    • I completely fell in love with the region and I certainly want to go back and spend more time. I find it wonderful that there are so many small towns worth visiting! 😀
      Well, maybe it’s time for you to go back 😀

  • Awesome photos, Allane! I’ve never been to Italy but Tuscany is high on my list, your photos have made me want to go to Siena, haha! 😀

    • Knowing you (online haha) I am pretty sure you will love it!! You really have to go… and try to spend 1 week in the region to explore it, because there is sooo much to see and do, it’s crazy! 😀

  • OMG OMG OMG we need to talk. Bc this post could not come at a better time. This is what my itinerary looks like now: start in Frankfurt/Rhine valley, see some nature and towns on the way to Munich and Neuschwanstein, then off to northern Italy eventually Tuscany and SAN GIMINIANO!!! before flying back to Moscow from Florence. I am having a hard time figuring out all the in-between stuff though, so I would REALLY appreciate any help. Oh, and it’s in a month and I just applied for a visa and need to book tickets like, TODAY. #FreakingOut

    • OMG OMG OMG hahahahah how awesome!!!!!
      I am happy to help, of course!! I love your itinerary!
      You could do: Frankfurt/Rhine valley – Munich – Neuschwanstein – Verona – Tuscany (stay somewhere in/near San Gimignano – Florence 😀 That would be my itinerary!! I am sure you will love them ALL, as I have been to all of them and can highly recommend 😀

      Do let me know how else I can help you! We can talk via e-mail if you like!!

  • Gin

    What a perfect getaway !!! I can’t wait to do things like this with my boyfriend once we’ll live together. it sounds lovely to spend a weekend somewhere like this and Tuscany sounds… quite romantic 🙂

    • Awwnnn I am sure soon you will be able to do that 😀
      By the way, I forgot to mention that your city looks very pretty in the post card!! I hope one day I can visit it 😀

  • Hanne

    Oh, it looks so beautiful and wonderful! Now I have to visit San Gimignano (at least since you say it is better the NY, which is my favorite city as well). I had never heard about it actually, but now I will do some more research for see if I can visit there one day as well 🙂
    I love Your Pictures as always 🙂

    • Ohh really? Didnt know NY was your favourite city too, how cool 😀
      Oh well, they are very different cities, but San Gimignano is sooo special! It had almost everything I love, except for the sea 😀 apart from that, it’s simply the perfect small old town!
      I hope you visit it once you are back in Europe 😀
      And thank you soooo much, happy that you like my photos!

  • I love Italy, my favourite place in the world and I really want to explore Tuscany and its surrounding areas more. Siena is a place I have always wanted to visit. So lucky you can just drive there, although it sounds like a hard journey. The wine tasting looks amazing, that would be my favourite thing to do!

    • I knew you would like it!! You need to go there with your hubby and Monkey for a few days… you will all love it!!
      Nature everywhere, great wine and food, old towns, biking 😀 perfect!!

      Yes, it’s great to be able to drive there, but some days depending on the traffic it can take really long 🙁 this time was crazy! Next time I wanna spend more time and leave in the middle of the week ahaha

  • We are Italy lovers 😀
    Florence is already amazing! Next time you need to visit the countryside, the little towns are the best!!
    I thought of you while I was there, I remembered that you said you are not a fan of wine and I told my hubby about your trip to Cinque Terre 😀

  • It was short, but it was amazing!! I just love Italy 😀
    I certainly thought of you while I was there!!

  • hahaha funny, I still haven’t watched the movie, but just finished the book and plan to watch it.
    I honestly expected more of the book… I heard the movie is better! But it was a nice read 😀

    This wine tasting was expensive 🙁 I dont think it’s the standard price… I saw places where you could try the wine for free. There are some smaller wineries where they do it for free. I wanted to visit them but the time was short. Next time I will do it 😀

    Are you planning to go to Tuscany sometime soon?

  • I totally agree with you!! I could spend a couple of years there exploring the region, I really feel in love with it!!

  • Awnn thank you for the comment Marisol!!
    So we share the same love for San Gimignano!!
    The hassle to get there was really worth it, I wish I could have stayed longer… next time!!
    I hope you get back there sometime soon 😀

  • Siena is beautiful!!!! Such an amazing old town, I’m pretty sure you will love it!!
    And San Gimignano is even more beautiful… when you go make sure to visit both, you won’t regret!! 😀

  • Gorgeous – I went to Florence years ago but have never visited the rest of the region. Everyone always raves about Tuscany and after reading this, I can understand why! #MondayEscapes

    • When I went to Florence years ago, I didnt understand why people like Tuscany so much, now I really do understand why too… next time you go you need to visit the rest of the region, it’s stunning! There are so many beautiful little towns around, like San Gimignano! 😀

  • hahahahaaha I loved it! Such a nice comment you too!
    I can totally understand mother!! I think she need to head there soon 😀 and I’m sure Lucas will have fun there too 😀

  • It looks stunning! And you can never go wrong with wine tasting. By the way, did you know croissants were actually brought to France from Austria?

    • Yes!! You are right… wine is always a good idea!
      Ohh I heard about this story, I think they both kind of claim the rights hahaha in any case the French ones are my favourites 😀

  • Kathleen (Kat)

    Ahhhh…Italia! I went to Italy in 2008 and I loved every bit of it! Your post on Tuscany brings back many good memories and I’m tempted now to add Italy back to the bucket list…yeah, I think I should 🙂

    • hahahah yeaaaah I think you should!!! Come back Kath 😀 Tuscany is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to!

  • haha.. yes, Munich is a very centralized city, from here is very easy to go to many places, one of the reasons I love this city 😀
    Awnnnn glad I bought you great memories back 😀 I hope you get to go there again sometime!

  • Thank you so much dear 😀
    I think the vineries are the best, together with the small old towns around! I loved it!
    I’m glad I took you for a little tour 😀
    And hope you go back there to explore more!

  • Ohhh you are lucky to be so close to Tuscany!!
    You are right, another gorgeous place in Italy of so many… I love that country 😀
    I hope you go back sometime soon!!
    I certainly hope to spend more time there next time I go.

  • Ohhhh it’s time to go back, and this time visit San Gimignano 😀 if you like the region, you will love this city too 😀

  • Hi Carly!! I hope you visit Tuscany sometime, it is another fabulous region of Italy 😀

  • Awnnn I hope you do visit San Gimignano one day!! Your kids will certainly love Rome, and I think they will also be impressed with San Gimignano since it’s sooo old… it feels like you are in a movie 😀

  • Thank you so much dear! Glad that you like them 😀

  • It was amazing and I really wish I had spent more time!! Next time I will 😀 there is so much to explore in the region!
    Yes, about the wine tasting I was disappointed.. and I also thought it lacked a bit of those traditional small Tuscany’s wineries. Next time I hope to try the small ones 😀

  • hahaha lovely idea Tracey!!! Tuscany is definitely I a great place to celebrate your wedding anniversary 😀 hint hint Tracey’s husband!!

  • Thank you so much Sarah! Happy that you like the pictures… I hope you visit Tuscany sometime soon 😀

  • hahaha don’t worry, forget the bikes, you can replace it for wine tasting 😀
    Happy that you liked the pictures!! Thank you!

  • Awnnn lovely to know that! What a great choice for spending your honeymoon. As you I would go back there every year if I could 😀

  • Glad to know that 😀 I love that region!!
    Yes, Munich is not so far from Tuscany… the only problem is that the road is almost always busy, so it takes longer than we normally expect!
    I hope you visit Tuscany again sometime 😀

  • yaaaaay I hope you get to visit them when you are around Europe 😀

  • hahaha aren’t they cute? I almost bought one, but found another great idea for my oil 😀

  • Hi Elizabeth!! I do hope you can visit Tuscany sometime, it is definitely a place you will not regret to visit… especially if you like wine and old towns 😀

  • Mabel Kwong

    That looked like quite a trip! Short weekend getaway but it seemed that you, W and Enzzo made the most of it. You like croissants too? I loooove croissants. But the ones here in Australia are very oily, especially if you toast them to be crispy – and then it’s very messy to eat with fork and knife, trust me 😀

    Did Enzzo go on the wine tasting? Because it doesn’t sound like it’s for dogs… 😀

    • You are right!!!!! I did miss you comment, even though I have read it before… maybe my reply wasn’t sent!! Crazy! Sorry again…
      Now your reply:
      I loooooove croissants yes!! I hate the dry or oily ones, in Brazil is also the same… here in Germany they are more or less, in some places they have good ones, but in France they are always good 😀 and apparently in Italy too!

      hahaha and no Enzzo didn’t go to the wine tasting, he stayed back at the hotel sleeping under the bed and mad because I didn’t take him hahaha… but it didnt take long, and it was near the hotel 😀

      • Mabel Kwong

        Hahaha! I can’t imagine Allane crazy. No, never… 😀 But, Enzzo, maybe yes!

        When I come to Germany you must show me the good croissant places. And you can show me how to eat them properly without all the croissant flying everywhere! Hahaha, Enzzo would have been more mad if he participated in the wine tasting 😀

        • hahahaha
          I promise I will try, but I don’t know if we will manage to hahaha 😀 crazy Mabel!

  • I couldn’t agree more with you, I also love Italy!!
    I hope you visit Tuscany sometime soon, it is a dreamy place!! 😀

  • Thank you so much Casey! Awnn I’m happy to bring you some good memories back. Where did you live there?

  • Yess me too… I would love to go and see the Palio. It is a big thing there! And San Gimignano is a dreamy place 😀 I hope you visit it soon!

  • Love your words… yes, it is like the streets sing! I love that place 😀

  • I hope you do visit it sometime Merlinda. it is a wonderful place!! 😀

  • What are you waiting for?? Go go go 😀
    You will love it there, because it is the perfect combination of wine and countryside!!

  • Yesss, me too!! That is exactly how I imagined how I trip to Tuscany would be! I wish I had stayed longer… this place is amazing 😀

  • hahaha yesss you definitely do 😀