Wednesday August 29th, 2012 Steve and I left La Tavolozza around 8:30 am after a quick espresso and pastry and moto-ed back to Sorrento. We dropped off the moto and bought two tickets on a shuttle bus to Naples airport from the moto rental company. We went back to get our suitcases at Hotel Settimo Cielo, and the shuttle bus picked us up there at 11:00 am.
For the next 7 nights we had decided to “wing it,” rent a car, and explore the hill towns of Tuscany. Our only plans were to get back to Milan (for our flight to JFK) by September 6th. Oh yeah, and and Steve also had a tour booked in Bologna for the Ducatic motorcycle factory on September 4th.
A few days earlier, I did a little research on VRBO and found a cute one bedroom farm stay in Sorano, a hill town in Tuscany. I really didn’t have any idea where Sorano was or anything about it, but the place looked great on the website. It was an organic farm with great VRBO reviews and a great price. I emailed the owners a few days before and asked to reserve 3 nights at the farm with a possibility of staying longer if we liked the area. Luckily, we got the reservation, and we crossed our fingers hoping we could find the place and hoping it wasn’t a dump or a vampire’s residence.
Steve and I really wanted to visit Tuscany and some of the great wine towns, but we had no idea what we were getting into. We discovered that the Tuscany region is ridiculously vast, has endless windy roads, the scenery is out of a movie (with beautiful pastures, farms, and wineries), and that we couldn’t possibly see everything in one week or even one month.
We rented a little toy car, a Fiat Punto, manual, which was very interesting and fun to drive. After about 30 minutes of sitting in the parking lot trying to figure out our gps, we headed to Agriturismo Sant’Egle. Our drive took 5 hours…