You can and will create lasting memories no matter what time of the year you visit Tuscany. I have visited several times but the ONE day I reminisce about the most is Easter Sunday 2009.
Our party that consisted of eight adults and seven kids had been living in the countryside outside of San Gimignano for a week. We had been on the go and running 100 miles per hour from the moment we landed in Italy. We needed a day of rest, and this Easter was the perfect spring day to take a break and slow down.
The day started by celebrating mass at the Duomo or Collegiate Church in San Gimignano. I didn't understand a word of it because it was in Italian. That didn't matter as I found myself wandering about in awe at this magnificent place that dated back to the early 2nd century. You can get a history of the historic Duomo by clicking here. It's also a church you can/will visit on our Total Tuscany Experience.
Easter Brunch In Tuscany
After mass, our group returned to the estate we were staying at for lunch. We made plans to have our meal at the restaurant located on the grounds. From the sparkling water, wine, seven course meal, and all of us sitting around one big table; this moment was about family, it was peace, it was joy, it WAS Tuscany. The Funny thing is, I don't remember at all what we ate. All I have is a picture of one of the plates. What I do remember are the people, the smiles, and if I could capture one moment in time, this would be it.
Off and running!
Tuscan Easter Egg Hunt
It wouldn't be Easter without and egg hunt would it? My wife and I have taken thousands of pictures on our trips to Tuscany but this one of the kids starting the Easter egg hunt is one of our favorites. In fact, it won a competition we entered it in. Look at their expressions. Look at their smiles. Do you remember feeling like that as a child? This one photo captured the exact moment that many of us look to replicate.
This picture is what got me thinking about writing this post. What makes Tuscany so memorable? Is it the stunning landscapes? Is it the magnificent hilltop towns that take you back in history? Or is the wine and food made with fresh, season ingredients? The answer is all of the above. But for me, my memories and the reason I keep going back is for the people. Sharing moments in time with friends, family, and new acquaintances.
Let me share with you what I'm talking about. I don't remember the wine as much as I remember the winemaker who so passionately tells his life story during a tasting. You can look at his hands and know he was in the fields picking the same grapes he's bottled up. I don't remember the city I toured as much as the tour guide I hired and spent three hours with getting to know more about her family. I don't remember the restaurant or the food as much as I do the proprietor who comes to our table, and we find out the cafe' has been in his family for three generations and that his wife, sons, grandsons, and granddaughters all work there to keep the family tradition and business going. People make memories!
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