|The gorgeous bride and her Dad.|
I arrived back in New Zealand last week after a fantastic trip which took me to the shores of the USA and Italy. The above photo will explain how this trip first came about - yes, my dear friends, Wes and Adriana were getting married and their wedding was to be at a small hillside 'borgo' called Montestigliano, Tuscany - which is located about 10 minutes from Siena. How could I turn this invitation down?
So there I was at the beginning of June enjoying this gorgeous place for a week and I just had to share my photos with you - I hope you don't mind. In fact, it might encourage you to go and visit yourself - go on, you know you'll love it.
|After a two hour drive from Rome, we had arrived.|
|Olive trees everywhere - should be no surprise that Montestigliano produce their own olive oil.|
|Up those stairs is Casa Ropoli Sopra - my accomodation for the week. This was one of 12 villas that was booked out for the wedding.|
|The porch had the best views over the valley.|
|This was the view from my bedroom - not too shabby, eh?|
|There are three pools located around Montestigliano - this was our 'local' one.|
|Casa Virginia 1 and 2 - serious games of bocce were played on the front lawn.|
|Casa Adriana on the lower level by the pool.|
|Lots of great walks around Montestigliano - including this one through the Cypress Avenue|
|The Oak Viale which takes you to another villa called Pipistrelli.|
|The night before the wedding - pizza night behind Villa Donati|
Are you hooked yet? We stayed here for a week and it was a blissful time. While the location was fantastic for visiting Siena, Florence and other nearby towns, it was perfect for a wedding. The team at Montestigliano, Francesco (awesome manager who speaks Italian with a British accent) and co, out-did themselves and their warm hospitality made it a relaxed and enjoyable week. I will return! And should you go - let Francesco know that I sent you.
|The wedding ceremony was set up by Casa Luisa. During the ceremony, rainbows came out and doves flew by. No, I'm not kidding, it really did.|
|The reception was held in the piazza.|