The boys were up at 7 so it gave us a great chance to check out the forrest behind our house for animals. Our big four are a wild boar, porcupine, badger and a deer. I have seen a couple of squirrels but nothing else so far.
Our villa is a 10 minute drive up a dirt road from the main gate so of course we got lost trying to get out. Luckily we figured it out soon enough before driving up a mountain or something. The property is huge so it easy to get lost :)
At the front gate there is a produce store and all the animals. We went and visited the cows, chickens, pigs, horses and rabbits. The boys are on the hunt for any of the cats and dogs that roam the farm. The cows here are a special variety that the Tuscans used for their famous florentine steak.
To make the most of the day we headed into Montaione to get some shopping and gelato of course. The town is pretty much one main road with all the houses running off it. For such a small town they must still love their gelato as there are two on the Main Street!
After our mid morning sugar rush we headed to the lookout which conveniently had a playground to keep the boys happy for a while.
We spent the afternoon in our yard outside the villa, had a swim and watch the kids playing with sticks in the forest. Michael managed to squeeze in a 5km hike through the forest too.
We are going to do a day trip tomorrow so looking forward to exploring the region.
Today's notables: 1. This farm is beautiful and we are so pleased we found it. It was the only place we didn't book through air BnB. 2. The olive oil made on the property is amazing! I wish I could bring some home. 3. Everything is cheaper at the supermarket in Tuscany and the produce is so fresh! We had zucchini flower and sage butter pasta for dinner which totalled about 4E! The sage was from just outside out door. 4. We have starting eating figs from the trees out front - I don't think there will be any left by the end of the week.
Beth: mint chocolate and Nutella Michael: fiore de latte and caramel Boys: raspberry