TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE & WINE ESTATES BY VINTAGE FIAT 500
The vintage Fiat 500, is the epitome of Tuscan countryside cruising, in my opinion. Winding country roads, the low September sun in your face, Raybans pushed back on the bridge of ones nose, weaving effortlessly through narrow lanes seeming purposefully made for this 1960’s classic. Not forgetting rooftop down and wind sweeping through wavy dark locks. Sounds a dream right? Well, let reality set in as I take you on a leisurely afternoon drive into the Chianti hills to Villa le Corti with the added pleasure of wine tasting and lunch!
If you’ve read my blog post on my Vespa experience you’ll already be familiar with the booking process via Withlocals and We Like Tuscany. I’ve linked the post below if you fancy a read or refresh!
MEET & GREET
We met Montague or Monte as his friends call him, our Fiat 500 chauffeur and guide for the afternoon.We met at midday at the We Like Tuscany HQ in Oltrarno after which we were swiftly introduced to the most beautiful little but perfectly formed lady ever created, Tiffany more widely known as a vintage 1960’s Fiat 500. Why this adorable lady is named Tiffany, well if you hadn’t guessed, her armour sports the medium light robin egg blue colour associated with Tiffany & Co.
Once we acquainted ourselves with Tiffany, by that I mean I bagged the passenger seat and Dr C sat in the back, it was time to set off on our four hour jaunt of the country!
CRUISING THE TUSCAN ROADS
As Dr C and myself are familiar with Piazzale Michelangelo, we headed straight for one of our most favourite views in Florence on San Miniato hill, where stands the San Miniato church facing breath taking panorama. You may remember the photoshoot we had here a couple of years ago….
Monte shared his knowledge of the church and surrounding area with us and after a short photo opp, we continued our journey past the birthplace and location of imprisonment of the famous astronomer, physicist and engineer Galilei Galileo.
Another photo opportunity came at a low stoned wall with the city of Florence in the distance and the observatory to the right. This is where Tiffany sported her model-like finesse.
It was then time to meander through the beautiful tree lined roads into the heart of Tuscany and more specifically Chianti. The most charming drive looking over farmhouses, Cyprus tree guarded driveways and terracotta rooftops into the barely visible distance. We listened to Montes facts about the area and historical snippets of information that he shared in a region he chose as his home.
The scenic Tuscan roads lead us along olive groves, medieval castles, vineyards and a number of wine estates.
VILLA LE CORTI & PRINCIPE CORSINI WINE ESTATE
After all that cruising we’d worked up an appetite and right on cue we arrived at Principe Corsini. A beautiful rustic family owned wine estate in San Casciano. The villa (Villa Le Corti) is the Corsini family’s historic reside estate in Chianti overlooking 250 hectares of land of which 49 are vineyards, planted with Sangiovese grapes providing a lovely rich Chianti Classico.
Monte accompanied us on a tour of the stunning gardens surrounding the villa to take in the incredible panoramic views.
The very knowledgeable Monte also took us down to see where the Villa Le Corti wine was produced, as grapes were being harvested during our visit in late September and gave us a little insight into the wineries business. Villa Le Corti also produces great quality olive oil, which we sampled at lunch, where the family still picks all the olives by hand to use in their delicious oil.
OSTERIA LE CORTI
All wines can be purchased on the their website or in their Osteria Le Corti, where we proceeded for a tasting of three of their delicious wines and enjoyed a three course lunch.
The Osteria is located in the building housing the wine cellars. All the food is paired beautifully with the selection of Principe Corsini wines and prepared by chef Laura Ceccherini. The dishes are made from locally sourced fresh ingredients. We started with drizzling some of the Principe Corsini Olive oil on some fresh bread whilst we worked our way through the wine selection.
To start, it was pecorino cheese and potato croquettes, next a main of ravioli and to finish a panna cotta with a thick grape jus.
Post lunch it was time for a little walk around the estate and a relaxing drive back to Florence in our little lady, Tiffany.
A fantastic knowledgeable and friendly guide, the Tuscan hills as a backdrop and the star of the show Tiffany, our Vintage Fiat 500. Oh and lets not forget a great lunch and vino! If you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon away from the city crowds this experience is just what the Dr ordered!
Disclaimer: The Vespa experience was kindly discounted in exchange for this review by Withlocals. All opinions, views and photography are honest and my own as always and therefore remain a copyright of Be-lavie.
We Like Tuscany
Via del Campuccio, 88,
Tel. +39 342 935 2395
Bookings can be made via We Like Tuscany’s Website
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