TUSCANY ITALY TRAVEL GUIDE ‣‣ 5 Day Road Trip Itinerary

TUSCANY ITALY TRAVEL GUIDE ‣‣ 5 Day Road Trip Itinerary

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(ballad music) – Hi friends! Welcome back to another vlog. We are on our way to Tuscany
for the next four days. Four or five days. And I thought I would bring you along because I haven’t really done the vlogging in a little while. So, we just picked a
rental car up in Rome. We just spent five days in Rome with some friends from New York. So fun. Absolutely loved it. Had just the best time. Now we are headed to Montepulciano. So we are in the car
for the next two hours and then we’re gonna
have the rest of the day to explore Montepulciano. I think that this is
gonna be a pretty drive so I’m definitely gonna be showing you some of the countryside. And then of course, when
we get to Montepulciano you’ll see that town. (ballad music) So we made it to Montepulciano and parked our car,
checked into our hotel. I’ll give you a tour afterwards, but we are sitting down right now at a little winery type thing. I’ll try to show you inside. It’s kind of busy right now. We’re gonna get a little food. Have a little local wine and it is absolutely stunning here. I can’t wait to show you guys around. It is so beautiful. We are at the top of a hill, surrounded by vineyards
and beautiful Tuscany. It is probably one of the
most beautiful towns in Italy that I’ve been to yet. I think you guys are gonna really like it. (ballad music) I didn’t even Google this ahead of time. I just saw that it was a cool winery. But all of their pasta dishes
are available gluten free. They also have zucchini spaghetti and they have different sauces. So I’m gonna get gluten free
pasta with tomato sauce. (ballad music) Alright, here we go. Gluten free pasta. Forgot to say no cheese, but that’s fine. I’ll just eat around it. Looks so good. Hmm. (gentle music) So we just got back to our room after walking around the
town for a little while. Let me make sure this is focused. And I wanted to give
you a little room tour. I found this place on credit card points. I have a Chase Sapphire Preserved card. I can’t remember exactly which one, but it’s really good for
travel and you build up points. I’ve been able to book a
lot of hotels and airfare through having points, which is awesome. I found this place that way and it’s right downtown Montepulciano. It’s so pretty. It’s called Palazzo Cartelli. Wait what’s it called? – [Male Voice] (mumbles) – No. – [Matt] Carletti. – Carlatti? – [Matt] letti. – Carletti. It’s called Palazzo
Carletti and it’s an old, I don’t know if it was a palace. But it’s an old, basically building. With very kind of ornate details
and really beautiful rooms. So let me show you our room. You walk in here and then there
is a staircase that goes up. I actually haven’t been up there yet. I’ll take you up there in a second. But I think it’s like a. From what I can tell
there’s a t.v. right there. It’s like a chilling room. Then you come in this way
and there’s a big bed. A little chaise lounge, I think are all kind of
themed in a certain way. So this is more pink themed. We don’t really have a view, but you can just get a sense of the size. It’s literally humongous. Then, I actually haven’t
been into the bathroom yet. But the bathroom. Whoa, lights (chuckles). I guess there’s different colored lights. So yeah. Oh my god! These are tiny. Whoa, there’s a whole nother
sleeping area up here. So, there’s a whole nother bed up here and I didn’t even know about it. I will be coming up here
tomorrow morning to work out. This is so cool. So yeah, this is our, I guess
you could say hotel suite. Much more than a room. (mellow music) I saved some of the gluten
free bread from dinner. I have my own almond
butter and they have jam. So I’m gonna do almond butter and jam. Then I have a vegan coconut
yogurt that I brought from Rome. So I’m gonna have this too and a banana. Good morning from day two in Tuscany. We had our breakfast, which you saw. I brought a few things with me so I was able to do gluten and dairy free. From here we are gonna drive to Pienza. We’re gonna walk down there a little bit. Then we’re gonna drive
to our next location which is a kind of spa
resort outside San Gimignano. I think we’re just gonna
end up chilling there for the rest of the day. We booked massages and
I’m really feeling that. I think it’s gonna be beautiful. But we are walking around right now and another stunning Tuscan landscape. (mellow music) Just got to Pienza. I have to carry my backpack around with me when we stop at towns like this because I can’t risk having the car broken into and I lose all my work stuff. So I look like a winner with my backpack. We are going to now explore this town. So Pienza is known for pecorino cheese. Obviously, I don’t really eat cheese, but pecorino is typically
made with sheep’s milk. I’m pretty sure. I’m thinking of romano,
which I think is pecorino. We’ll see. We’ll see if we can maybe
learn some more about it. I’ve heard this is very a
cheese focused town, kind of, but also really pretty. I’m excited to check it out
and explore a little bit. (mellow music) So we just got to our hotel, which is right outside of San Gimignano and it is called Villa San Paola. It’s a wellness place with a spa and just like the last one, I got this on credit card points. So that’s a pretty great deal. Gonna give you a little room tour. So you walk in and we
have one balcony here. Look at that view. And then in here, the bed is over there. Another balcony here. Then this way is the bathroom and you can get in it from two ways. So sink, shower, toilet over there. Alright so the last couple
hours just been chilling here. I had some work that I needed to get done so we booked massages pre-dinner. Did a couple hours of work. Had this amazing view behind me and now we’re gonna go
downstairs to the spa and get some massages. (mellow music) So the massages were great and now we are having a little aperitivo of local, organic (mumbles)
wine and a beer for Matt. Then we’re getting
dinner here at the hotel. We’re starting with the
three artichoke something. This one is definitely vegetarian, and gluten free and dairy free. Not sure what’s on top of them. Looks like maybe carrot,
zucchini and I’m not sure. Alright so here is the pumpkin risotto with a little shrimp on top. And again, gluten free, dairy free and I have to tell you, the artichokes that we had
were absolutely incredible. This looks so good too. Okay so that was probably
one of the best meals that I’ve had in Italy so far. I think partly because it was
one of the more interesting options that I’ve had, but
flavors were really good. The risotto was awesome. The artichokes were really good. Gluten free bread, good wine. So we are gonna tuck in for the night. It’s (mumbles) 8:30 and
we’re gonna go to bed. So tired. And then, I’ll see you
guys in the morning. Good morning friends. Day three. Three? In Tuscany and we are
on our way to Volterra. We had a kind of slow morning. I woke up and did a
little P.volve workout. I actually have a video
that I filmed last week for you that talks about my workout. So if you’re interested,
I’ll link it right up here. Then I did a little bit of work. We got breakfast down at the hotel, which was actually really great. They had roasted vegetables,
hard boiled eggs. Now we are on way to Volterra and Volterra is a medieval
city that’s kind of built at the top of a hill like
a lot of Tuscan towns are. And I went there two
years ago with my mom. It’s so beautiful so I’m really excited
to check it out again. We didn’t have enough time last time. Then tonight we are going
to a vegan resort that is. I think that it’s like 15
minutes from our hotel. It’s a B&B type thing, but
they also have dinners. So they are hosting us for dinner and it’s a four course vegan dinner. They said that they can
cater to gluten free so I’m super excited about that. Unfortunately the weather is not great. It’s kind of sprinkling right now. Hoping that the rain will hold off, but it should be a
really fun day regardless and I’m excited to bring you guys along. (chill music) So we are about to walk upon
a very ancient Roman theater. This was the theater
and then over there were Ancient Roman baths and things like that. You can still kind of
see the shapes of them, but this, I have to look online. But I think it dates back
over a thousand years (chill music) We’re gonna have a little lunch and this place is an organic bistro that serves a lot of plant based food. Vegetarian, vegan and
they have gluten free. Also on top of an archeological site. We’re walking on a
glass floor and there’s, I don’t know what, ruins
or something underneath us. Look at this. So cool. Alright, so I went with
roasted vegetables, duh. Some sort of rice and a salad and I want to try this chickpea cheese that they have on here. Okay, so here is the cheese plate. It comes with four different flavors. There’s a spicy one,
natural, oregano, and pepper. They are made from chickpeas
and they come with also some spicy onions, a carrot dip, a jam, and they brought me
some gluten free bread. This looks so good. Okay, so here is (mumbles). It’s good. You basically just take one
of these little Cheez-its, which taste exactly like Parmesan. Put it on my piece of bread, add a little bit of the spicy onions, and then I do a dollop
of the carrot sauce. And it’s the perfect bite. It’s so good. (chill music) We made it to San Gimignano and we’re walking in the
main piazza right now. It’s so pretty. San Gimignano is actually also
called the medieval Manhattan because it has so many towers. So I’ll give you a view of this right now. It’s really beautiful. We’re on the hunt for some special gelato that Matt really wants to try. We’ll see if we can find that. I am on the hunt for a shoe store that used to be in
Volterra that is now here, so I’m looking to get some more sandals. (mellow music) We just got to I Pini, I
think it’s what it’s called. It’s the vegan resort and they are gonna give us
a little tour of the grounds and then we’re gonna have
a four course vegan dinner. I’m gonna go in and say hi
to everybody and get started. Here is the terrace and
that over there my friends, is San Gimignano. Look at the beautiful
pool they have over here. (chill music) The menu changes everyday
and this is tonight’s menu. Four courses and it all sounds incredible. Cheers. Here is course one. It’s a gluten free urban scallion pancake with vegan Thai basil pesto, which I’m definitely gonna recreate. And marinated eggplants. Course number two is a squash
soup with gluten free croutons and toasted seeds, fresh
herbs, and it looks delicious. Alright course three is a quinoa cake with sweet potato wedges on top, a veggie ragout and a lemon, some sort of lemony sauce on top. And course number four
is an apple and plum and ginger crumble with apricot sorbet. They made a special
gluten free crumble for me and it looks so yummy. (gentle music) Good morning. Back in the car and we are
on our way to Il Borro. Il Borro is actually
something that I found out through another YouTuber. I saw that she went there and
I knew that we were coming and it just looked amazing. Then a friend of mine went to
Tuscany like, I don’t know, a couple weeks before us, and also went there and
said it was amazing. So it is the splurge of Italy for me. It’s definitely gonna be a
unique experience I think. I don’t really know what to expect, but it looks absolutely amazing and I’m super excited to check it out. (upbeat music) We made it to Il Borro and
haven’t even seen the room yet. Haven’t even really
explored the property yet, but wow. It is so cool. It’s like it’s own little
oasis in the middle of Tuscany. Own little town area where
all of the rooms are. It has restaurants, it
has a spa, it has a gym. It’s just tucked in against
a mountain in the countryside and I can’t wait to show you guys more because this is definitely
a special, special place that if you’re looking for a splurge, I would say would be a
good opportunity to do. (gentle music) And momma. Hi momma. Then over here. This one is a 25-year-old donkey who is so sweet. You’re so sweet. You are so sweet. Yes. Hi baby. (upbeat music) Hi guys. We are on our way to truffle hunt and I haven’t vlogged at all yet today, but we started the day with
a really awesome workout. Then we went for a delicious breakfast. I had an awesome veggie filled omelet. After that, we did a
little bit of exploring around the property. And now we are on our way to truffle hunt. The reason why I’m so excited
to truffle hunt is because Trevi’s breed is bred to hunt
for truffles here in Italy. It’s and Italian breed. They’re called Lagotto Romagnolos. They’re the best dogs on the planet. They are cute. You guys love her. You see her all the time. I don’t know if there’s gonna
be one on this trip or not, but it is led by dogs and I’m
just like, fingers crossed. The whole reason I signed up for this is just the chance to see
them in their natural habitat. So let’s hope that
that’s what we get to see and also learn more about truffles ’cause truffles are amazing. I’m gonna bring you guys
along for the journey. My camera is about to die
so apologies in advanced if the footage is not so great. ‘Cause I’m gonna shoot it on my Iphone, but hopefully it’s fine and
it’s a really good experience. – [Tour Guide] (mumbles) Very soft, yeah bland. Ecco! No, no, it’s a rock. (Alyssa laughs) – [Tour Guide] (speaks in Italian) I have hit. Oohh. Possible cut. Here is my truffle. Little. – [Alyssa] Little (laughs). – Move (speaks Italian). – [Matt] Go find more truffles. – [Tour Guide] (mumbles) Come on, go. (speaks Italian) – [Matt] Softer, she’s softer. That makes sense. – [Tour Guide] Okay, good boy. – [Matt] There’s one. – [Tour Guide] (speaks Italian) – [Alyssa] So the second
part of our tour is a tasting and we’re in this teeny little town near where we searched for truffles. Sitting at this restaurant
all by ourselves. And we’re gonna have a
little truffle feast. Here are the fresh truffles
that we harvested today. Just some of them. We got a total of 15. Black, these are black, these are white, and this is the one that smells the best. – [Matt] Move your finger real quick. – [Female Server] (speaks Italian) – [Tour Guide] (speaks Italian) Okay. And salt. Is important salt. – [Female Server] (speaks Italian) – [Tour Guide] And little oil. Top it. Please, please. – [Alyssa] It’s good. – [Matt] Oh it’s so good. – [Tour Guide] Yeah? It’s five here in the bottle. – So I hope all of those clips were good, but that was one of the best
experiences that I’ve ever had. It was so fun. We just had the best time. It felt so authentic and real. He was great. He was really helpful and knowledgeable. We had that amazing spread
of fresh truffles afterwards, which neither of us really expected. It was just an absolute
incredible experience. Even though we didn’t have any Lagottos. Well we met that one on the trail, but Spilo was so smart. He found us 15 total truffles. And the other one, the little
one was just the cutest. It was really, really, really cool and I’m so glad that we
signed up and did it. Now we are just gonna
walk back to our room, chill for a little bit, and then tonight we are having a dinner that is put together by the hotel. They know that I am plant based
so it’s gonna be a special veggie menu and I think it’s gonna be. Well, hopefully it’s
gonna be mostly vegan. Mostly plant based and made with all of their
fresh organic vegetables. Hi friends. I just wanted to pop on and say goodbye and sign off for this vlog. I hope you guys enjoyed our
travels through Tuscany. It’s definitely a must see. If you’re ever coming to Italy, plan to spend some time here. It’s absolutely beautiful. There’s a ton to do and it’s just a really good mix of towns, and that kind of thing, and also nature. Really amazing food. Awesome wine. And there’s just a ton to do. I’ll link everything that
I’ve talked about down below. I’m also gonna write a blog post that includes our full itinerary, so look for that down below as well. I hope you guys enjoyed it. None of this was sponsored by anybody. I found all these places on my own and like I said in the beginning, I got some of them on credit card points, so If that’s something you’re interested in learning more about, let me know. As always, make sure to
follow along on Instagram, which is where I’m sharing
all of the other places that I’m not vlogging and I have highlights for all
the things that we’re doing and eating. That is all linked down below as well. Otherwise, thank you guys
so much for tuning in. Don’t forget to subscribe
by hitting that red button that is right below this video and I’ll see you guys in the next video. Bye. (gentle music)

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16 Comments

  1. Nice to know you were in my neck of the woods! I hope you brought back home a lot of nice memories about my region ❤️

  2. Aww this melted my heart, I love Tuscany – and the places you showed here – so much! I spent there such beautiful holidays, you made me want to go back there once again! And I know the feeling, when you say you don't want to leave…! ❤

  3. Thanks for letting us travel vicariously with you to Italy. That truffle meal must be worth about $1000 if bought in America. A little tip, it can be a challenge to get enough lysine when traveling on a vegan diet if legumes or potatoes are not available twice a day; taking a lysine supplement on those days can be helpful and convenient.

  4. Thank you so much for the beautiful tour of Italy. I've always wanted to visit but most likely will never get the chance so thanks again. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  5. A fabulous vlog and you look radiant and so very very happy .Great journey and I can imagine why you don't want to leave ..Looking forward so much to you next upload. Big like and keep having a great time .*… Helena

  6. Beautiful video. I was wondering regarding your diet. Do you have a Dr. that does regular blood tests to find difficinacies. I say this because your colouring is quite pale. Please I mean no harm just very curious Thank you for sharing.

  7. Absolutely beautiful!! It looks like you are having an amazing time. Thank you so much for sharing! Love your videos & adore you! Safe travels! 💕

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