Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 9, 2016

Our Stay at a Vineyard near Gaiole in Tuscany

laneway to the Cottage at Il Colombaio di Cencio, Gaiole, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy, 10

Bob’s and my sense of adventure was high the day we set off from Rome into the rural region of Tuscany.  After picking up our rental vehicle at the airport, beneath damp, grey skies, we negotiated the ring road out of Rome and soon found ourselves scooting along narrow country roads that would lead us to our farmhouse retreat at a winery near Gaiole.

Vineyards and orchards near Il Colombaio di Cencio, Gaiole, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy 2

The landscape soon became very hilly with well-forested slopes.  Fields of brown corn stalks and withered stems that supported faded sunflowers sprawled across the upper reaches of the terrain betraying the end of the summer season.  The mountains in the distance were completely shrouded in fog or rainfall even as huge drops of water started to explode against our windshield.

Tuscany vineyards and orchards near Il Colombaio di Cencio, Gaiole, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Intermittent showers were the order of the afternoon, but between downpours, we claimed our first impressions of Tuscany as a region of prosperous vineyards, idyllic rolling countryside and sinuous, narrow lanes riddled with potholes.  It made for exhilarating driving and spawned in us the desire to roam the hillsides and absorb the charm of the lyrical landscape.

Winery at Il Colombaio di Cencio, Gaiole, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

All was not a walk in the park, though.  With torrential rain battering the car, and a GPS unit that refused to locate the vineyard where we would be hanging our hat for the next few days, things were getting pretty tense as the afternoon drew to a close.  Finally, with the help of the internet on our cellphone, we were guided off the main road and up a steep, narrow, rough gravel road that ended at an iron gate.  In the distance, through the blinding rain, we could see a prominent brick building with a red-tiled roof, but the intercom failed to elicit any response.  The photo above was taken the following morning.

Gravel lane to stone cottage at Il Colombaio di Cencio, Gaiole, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

A few twists and turns later, our faces lit up when we espied the very lovely rustic stone cottage at Il Colombaio di Cencio, that Bob had booked for our stay.

Stone farmhouse at Il Colombaio di Cencio, Gaiole, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

By this time, not only were our faces beaming, but the sun had chased away the rain clouds, and warm autumn sunshine bathed the heritage building in a rich golden glow.  This place was meant for us, and we would have it all to ourselves.

Source:  Our Stay at a Vineyard Retreat near Gaiole in Tuscany


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