Besides our day trips to Assisi and Cortona to visit our friends at Del Brenna Jewelry, we also visited our villa hosts, the Buccelletti family, for a wine tasting and tour of their farm and vineyard. This wall of jasmine smells amazing and is just buzzing with bees!
The view from our villa was just incredible too. Every evening we were treated to an epic sunset with Castiglion silhouetted in the distance. It's hard to believe that 10 years ago this summer I was just beginning to find my love for watercolors along these same streets that I now get to share with my groups. While it was really hard to say farewell to this sweet group, it was exciting to make the drive north back towards Florence to head to Lucca and prepare for week two of retreats!
On our excursion to visit Colle di Bordocheo for our Lucchese wine tasting, our sweet driver stopped along the way in front of this amazing villa! It turned into quite the perfect photo op for our group! These ladies had the cutest hats so it was fun to create some photos like I did in the summer of 2018 of my sister and her darling hat.
No trip to Lucca is complete without a visit to my favorite vine covered wall! We had such a lovely week sipping Hugos and Spritz at the silliest "chicken bar" in the center of town, listening to the concerts from our patio, chatting and enjoying good food around town and even just at home with the comfort of the air conditioning.
It truly was a magical summer. I feel so lucky to have been able to host these two lovely groups of women and I can't wait for what summer 2020 will bring!
Written by Chelsea Ward, the host and founder of Wanderful Retreats