So, my dear brother and his wife are coming to Florence from London for the weekend. They came the same time last year and the weather was perfect, so hopefully we will get lucky again. We hated each other as kids but now, as we get older, we thankfully get on like a house on fire. This year I have set my sights on Cortona – a beautiful hilltop town and yes, the fabulous setting for “Under the Tuscan Sun.
It’s a real treat to see places with him that I don’t get the time to do otherwise. A wander around, him taking bucket loads of pictures ….yawn and then a well earned rest at a typical Tuscan restaurant. This is one of the most exclusive areas in Tuscany for the big wines, such as Super Tuscan, Brunello and Montepulciano. I think one or two ….. or three glasses would be in order, or not, depending on who will be driving home. I think I will nominate my DH! Fortunately, he won’t be reading this.
Another treat on the agenda is a wine tasting at a medieval villa on the outskirts of Florence. Chianti country is again, the perfect climate for superb wines and this is going to be another tricky number as there is a half hour’s drive home afterwards. Maybe a night at the villa could be an option?
Keeping my brother and his wife entertained is really not difficult. They are easy to please and as long as they are eating and drinking and seeing the wonderful sights of Tuscany, and enjoying my company of course, there really isn’t anything else to worry about.
Oh, maybe one last thing – a quick visit to the Pierotucci leather factory to show him how they make hand made leather bags – a fast becoming almost obsolete trade. He is a bit of a shopaholic and may not be able to resist one of their superb hand made messenger bags.