Last September, we embarked on an Italian adventure to Tuscany. While our main purpose for being in Central Italy was to celebrate our cousins’ nuptials— it also turned out to be the perfect opportunity to catch the last of the summer rays.
Our Italian adventure began with a quick flight from London to Pisa. After collecting our rental car, we set off on a picturesque drive to Campiglia Marittima, a charming commune. In just over an hour, we arrived at Castello Bonaria, a 19th-century Tuscan countryside castle. It would be our home for the next few days.
Check-in was smooth, and after some time spent relaxing in our room, we savoured an authentic Italian dinner on the terrace, where we enjoyed a breathtaking sunset.
Following a restful night, we enjoyed breakfast on the terrace, soaking in captivating views. In the afternoon, we visited the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, dined at a local spot, and explored the city. Later, we headed to Villa Mussio, the charming wedding venue. The evening was filled with mingling, wine, pizza and before turning in for the night.
Ensuing two pandemic-related postponements, on a mild, sunny September afternoon our cousin finally got to walk down the aisle. The beautiful ceremony was followed by poolside canapés, hearty laughter, and a wonderful four-course meal in the villa’s stunning greenhouse.
On the fourth day of our Tuscan getaway, we enjoyed panoramic views from Villa Mussio’s terrace, where guests indulged in a BBQ for continued wedding celebrations. Subsequently, we had a relaxed evening, spending time with other guests and family.
By day five, our stay at Villa Mussio had come to an end. Although sad to say goodbye to the villa’s spectacular views, we eagerly anticipated the scenic Tuscan countryside at Castello Bonario. Before checking in, we explored a nearby beach in Piombino and savoured a steak lunch at Il Peccato, a local restaurant. The food was enjoyable and our experience suddenly became reminiscent of Korean BBQ when the chef refused to cook our steaks past medium rare, so we were given a skillet to further grill the steaks at our table.
On our way back to the car, we stumbled upon a gelato shop, so naturally, we couldn’t resist grabbing a scoop… or two of pistachio ice cream.
After checking in at the wonderful Castello Bonario, we joined the newlyweds for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. I ordered spaghetti with shaved black truffle, and Yomi savoured a medium-cooked steak.
On our last day in Italy, it seemed like the perfect time for a detox juice. While seated on the castle’s terrace, taking in the last moments of sun and Tuscan countryside views, I enjoyed a blend of refreshing fruits and vegetables.
Reluctant to bid adieu to our Italian adventure, upon check-out, we researched villages en route to the airport and came across Montescudaio. As we sauntered around the winding streets, admiring charming art illustrations scattered throughout the neighborhood, we quickly came to understand why many consider Montescudaio one of the “most beautiful villages in Italy.”
Our village stroll, complete with a visit to a local church, more panoramic views, and an appreciation of Mediterranean greenery, provided the perfect ending to our Italian adventure.
For a glimpse into our Tuscany Trip, be sure to check out my Instagram Reels.
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