Dreaming + Summer vacation–It’s mid February and that means one thing—It’s time to start thinking about summer travel. It might be that’s it’s cold and dreary, but about this time of year I can’t help but thinking about a big family vacation. Our kids are seniors– 17 and 22 so for the last several years I keep thinking this is the last one. And if this is the last big one, it has to be great. It’s never gonna be the last family vacation. I’ve been told that if we keep paying, they’ll keep coming along. Sometimes we have so much fun that we keep going back to the same place.
Borgo Scopeto Relais is one of those places. We discovered Borgo through a google search after seeing the adorable movie, Letters to Juliet back in 2010. When we realized the hotel near Siena depicted in the movie was actually a real hotel and not just a movie set, we made a reservation. And as beautiful as it is in the movie—it’s even better in person.
It’s easy to see why so many artist are in love with Tuscany. The light is amazing. We chased the sunset on many nights winding through country roads in search of the perfect opening at the highest point. We found fields of sunflowers and lavender.
All roads lead to gelato while sightseeing in Florence.
I’m not sure the time of year the movie was filmed, but I have a feeling it was July/August because every where we went looked like we driving through the movie.
We stayed in a cottage and the kids shared a room in the main building. It’s quiet and around every corner there are amazing views of Siena. You can use their mountain bikes to ride through the vineyards, or play tennis and of course in August, the pools are inviting. Resort time sprinkled in with a little sightseeing makes for a perfect vacation.
Last year we discovered the cemetery that was in the film while driving around at sunset. A little further down the road we found the perfect spot for dinner. It’s called Osteria Cacio e Pepe. As you might guess, their signature dish is a bowl of cacio e pepe. It might be the best bowl of simple pasta ever. Under string lights overlooking a vineyard at sunset with my favorite people. I love family vacations!
Tuscany is one of our favorites destinations and one we keep going back to—creating different memories each time. What’s your favorite place? Do you keep going back or are you on to the next adventure?