More Italy planning! We have one night between Florence and Siena that we’d set aside specifically to stay in the countryside somewhere. Super specific and not vague at all, I know. Imagine the amount of options that gave us, as there are about a thousand tiny towns and Tuscan estates-turned-b&bs in Italy, and each one is more gorgeous and picturesque than the last. Somehow, don’t ask me how, we narrowed down our selection to the commune of Vicchio, about an hour’s drive outside of Florence, and the Villa Campestri, which bills itself as an ‘olive oil resort,’ which really might just be code for ‘heaven on earth.’ Look at it. The have acres of their own olive vineyards, from which they make their own olive oil, and for which I’ve left half my suitcase empty so I can bring home a year’s supply. The resort offers olive oil massages, olive tree planting (and naming!), beekeeping, truffle hunting, olive oil tasting, bike rides through their sprawling grounds, or a cooking class with the chef. They even offer four and eight day painting and drawing tours, led by an artist specialized in fourteenth-century drawing and painting, which would be very Lady Mary of me to do one day. We might not do any of those things on this trip (but the olive oil tasting sounds too good to pass up!) and we are still guaranteed to have perhaps the most memorable experience of the trip. One night seemed like enough time as we were sketching out our itinerary for this trip a few months ago, but after landing on Villa Campestri, we’re realizing the flaw in our logic. We’re already talking about going back and staying for longer, and we haven’t even gotten there yet! Swoon.