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villa at Manzono Winery

Mason Vincenzo Gostia pauses from restoration work on the villa at Manzono Winery.
Photograph by Bob Krist

Tuscany

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Join the best-selling author of Under the Tuscan Sun for a day trip along “one of the most fabulous wine roads in all of Italy,” sampling the delights of the Tuscan countryside—terraced olive groves and undulating hills green with spring grasses. Frances Mayes takes you through “the sweetest countryside I know,” a land steeped in sun, olive oil, wine, art, and history.

countryside of Tuscany

The courtyards and countryside of Tuscany appear draped in the golden light of antiquity.
Photograph by Bob Krist

You’ll visit the hill town of Montepulciano, drive along white dusty roads lined with towering cypresses, and visit vineyards to taste the traditional dessert wine vin santo and learn how to handle sfuso—“loose wine.” Bob Krist devised a pointillist technique for his elegant photographs, which perfectly complement this excerpt from Mayes’s new book, Bella Tuscany.

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