Day One of Two Days in Tuscany

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Sep 30 ~ Day #143
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Location: Farmhouse IL Fienile, Montepulciano, Italy

Today’s Total Expenses: $135.84

Transportation: $12.06 (road tolls)
Accommodation: $53.18
Food: $70.60 ($34.07 lunch + $36.53 groceries)

Miles Traveled Today:
Road Miles: 167 (Treviso to Montepulciano)

Light Breakfast, Then Back on the Road

Just as the night clerk had told us, breakfast was included in the price of our room.

It was, however, a very light breakfast, but good nonetheless. It consisted of a large, apricot-filled croissant and a steaming cappuccino.

Before leaving Treviso we bought a few essentials such as mouthwash and some groceries. These were our first purchases using Euros and we had a little difficulty figuring out the denominations of coins. However, everyone was very helpful and explained the best they could given the language barrier.

Lunch Along the Way

We stopped at a lovely little town on our way to Tuscany and the Farmhouse IL Fienile where we would be spending two nights.

I regret to say that I neglected to record the name of the town.

Be that as it may, we were actually in search of a place to get a pizza. We were, after all, in Italy. But, do you think we could find one? Nope.

We opted to have lunch at a restaurant that offered lunch “completo”. That means that it included several courses. We had spaghetti, tagliatelle, chicken, a green salad and water – still for Geoff and sparkling for me.

Initially we thought the price was reasonable but we were forgetting the conversion rate from Euros. Lunch actually ended up costing us $34.07 once we converted the Euros. That’s almost as much as we spent on a bunch of groceries that would do us several meals!

Our Farmhouse in Tuscany

We arrived at Farmhouse IL Fienile late in the afternoon and were immediately impressed by both the setting and the hosts.

This is a agritourism accommodation, which means it is actually a working vineyard that has rooms for tourists. They even produce their own wine and gave us a complimentary bottle when we arrived.

The accommodations we had requested were for a one-bedroom unit that was suitable for four people as we were traveling with T & E.

The accommodations were beautiful, spacious and rustic. But, by “rustic” we don’t mean primitive by any stretch of the imagination. It means huge, rough-cut beams in the ceiling, a weathered-wood dining table and a roughly plastered, large, wood-burning fireplace.

In addition to this there was a small kitchen and sofa bed in the main room. There was also a separate bedroom with rustic furniture and a large bathroom.

We were in heaven! And, because we were sharing the accommodations with another couple, our individual costs were more than reasonable for such lodgings in the Tuscan countryside.

T & E opted to go into the walled town of Montepulciano for dinner that night while Geoff and I opted to attempt to stick to our budget and cooked our own dinner.

As I was cooking, Geoff started a roaring fire in the fireplace. The evening was a bit chilly and the fire, along with a wonderful glass of wine, set the perfect mood for the evening.

After a toss of the coin, Geoff and I got the sofa bed for the night, which was just fine because it was right in front of the fireplace.

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