Andrea and I took a down day. We set no alarms, but were up to the beauty of our Lord of the Rings Tuscan lair by 9. We lazed around all day doing odds and ends of cleaning and packing all our purchases as we leave for Roma again tomorrow.
Our host Stefano pointed us in the direction of a small town Buonconvento. The shops were open until 8, Sucia we bought each another leather bag! Its got to stop.
Stefano told us to eat at Ristorante da Mario. He said 4 years ago when he was there Clinton's lawyer who has a massive villa in the town was dining with Ted Kennedy at this family establishment run by of course two Nonnas. Our Spanish served us well, and we were treated with Italian nonna love. We each had the ragu and it was phenomenal, Andrea a second course of fish in tomato sauce and my creme brulee came out a flame.
Here is the key to Italy. Make friends, talk to the locals not in the larger towns and find out where the true Tuscans eat. The little towns are gems in every aspect from shopping to food to no tourists.
I am sad to leave Tuscany. I could stand more lazy days here for sure. I want to be lazy in Rome, no alarms, lie in the Borghese Gardens, etc.