Driving Around Southern Tuscany

With our anniversary dinner actually planned for two days later, we found ourselves trying to figure out how to spend our third anniversary day. I can't remember which one of us ended up suggesting it, but considering we had a rental car and quiet country roads, it only made sense to pack up some snacks, throw Winston in the back seat and head out for a little drive around Tuscany.

One thing we didn't do? Make a plan. Nope, no plan. We just decided to drive down roads that looked fun, follow signs to towns that sounded neat and just generally enjoy a carefree day. Let me tell you something, country roads in Tuscany in August? Empty. It was like the owned the place and it was awesome. Winston loved it, too, as you can see above.

I was caught by surprise by two things. First, the number of sunflowers that we saw! Now granted, we were about two weeks late and most of the fields were dried up, but I had read that it can be hard to find sunflower fields sometimes. We, however, saw them everywhere, particularly on the country roads between Montepulciano and Cortona. Second, I was truly amazed by how quickly the terrain changed. In Chianti, the hills are a lush green color and it's all very rich and fertile. Just an hour or two south and the colors are golden and crisp. I think we underestimated how diverse Tuscany is.

All in all, we spent about 5 hours in the car and had a total blast. It is an anniversary I'm sure we'll never forget.