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Wining and Dining in Southern Tuscany, Italy

April 25, 2017

Wine tasting at our tuscan villa in southern Tuscany, ItalyIn my experience, enjoying pasta, pizza and wine in Italy is the ultimate indulgence. This trip was no exception. Jacob and I arrived to our home for the weekend at Borgo Case Bardi and immediately fell in love with the property and this less explored region of Tuscany.

The closest town square to Case Bardi is in a sleepy village called Scansano, perched overlooking rolling hills and vineyards. We spent each evening wine tasting here or getting dinner at a neighboring town once we returned from exploring the region. One of southern Tuscany’s best-kept secrets is a natural mineral bath half an hour south that we couldn’t help but visit twice during our trip! I also loved the drive we did to Porto San Stefano, a picture-perfect boating town with colorful Italian architecture and delicious local seafood.

Southern Tuscany was so quiet in springtime, we rarely ran into other tourists! Authentic Italy without the crowds is definitely the best version of Italy.

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I highly encourage you to consider southern Tuscany if Italy is on your travel bucket list.

For more from our trip to Italy, check out our Tuscany video!

What is your favorite destination in Italy? Let us know in the comments below.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Jamie April 26, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Love the pictures! Tuscany is definitely now on my bucket list!!

    xo Jamie

    http://jamieonthings.com/

    • Reply - Selena April 26, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Thanks Jamie! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  • Reply Joanna April 26, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Hi Selena,

    Your photos are amazing, we’re heading there next month. May I know where did you rent a car or scooter? Thanks alot. More power to your blog.

    – Joanna

    • Reply - Selena April 27, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Thanks Joanna! How exciting — I hope you love it as much as we did! We flew into Rome and rented a car from the airport.

  • Reply Lucy and Kelly April 26, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Goodness, your photos are absolutely stunning. We just came across your blog and instagram and fell in love! 🙂 How beautiful. We adore Italy, so your Italian posts are speaking to us right now. We absolutely can’t wait to get back there. We have never been to Tuscany but it is definitely on our list. Off to catch up with all your posts now! 🙂
    Lucy and Kelly xx

    http://www.theblossomtwins.com

    • Reply - Selena April 27, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Thank you so much! Means a lot to hear that. I adore Italy as well — what’s not to love? 🙂

  • Reply Heather April 26, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    That waterfall doesn’t even look real! Wow!! I’ve never been to Italy but it’s top on my list.

    xo, Heather

    • Reply - Selena April 27, 2017 at 8:14 am

      It’s a crazy beautiful place! When you do make it to Italy, definitely hit some smaller towns in addition to the larger cities. They have so much personality! xx

  • Reply Adriana April 27, 2017 at 2:31 am

    These photos are absolutely stunning!
    I LOVE your style. xo

    ~Adriana
    http://www.leopardmartini.com

    • Reply - Selena April 27, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Hi Adriana! 🙂 Thanks for the love. xx

  • Reply Scarlett May 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Ciao Selena, I also adore this part of Italy! Wine tasting and exploring the region is so special…especially when it’s not full of tourists like you mentioned. Beautiful photos as always 🙂

    • Reply - Selena May 5, 2017 at 2:03 am

      Totally agree! Don’t know if I could ever get sick of Italy. Thank you so much. xx

  • Reply Erin May 3, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Selena! Beautiful photos, looks like an amazing trip! My husband and I are planning a trip to italy in the fall. Can you share more details of your itinerary and where you stayed?

    • Reply - Selena May 5, 2017 at 2:06 am

      Hi Erin! This trip was a shorter one for us, just 5 days in Southern Tuscany and we stayed at Borgo Case Bardi. The day trips from there were perfect (mineral baths in Saturnia, Porto Ercole for a day trip to the ocean, wine tasting in the local vineyards in the afternoon). If you have more time to spend in Italy, I’d definitely recommend Lake Como in Northern Italy and doing the drive from Positano to Cinque Terre, if you don’t mind windy roads. Cheers! xx

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