Mona Lisa and More Meets Undiscovered Tuscany

I am fortunate enough to spend my summers in Tuscany, and I am even luckier to host some first time visitors to Italy this year via my husband’s tour company Undiscovered Tuscany. http://www.utuscany.com
It is a privilege to be hosting some fellow Sylvania art teachers (two current, one retired) and a Sylvania schools secretary and her family.  Here are some highlights from their first two days abroad….Beautiful poppies leading to the renovated farmhouse villas where our guests are staying. (The villas are over 600 years old!)Hitting the ground running with a trip to Pisa!

Leaning Tower selfies galore! Lol!

View of the cathedral from the baptistery.

Love the juxtaposition of modern art vs. historical architecture. 

A visit to the breathtaking Duomo in Florence.Artist: Botticelli 

No art teacher’s journey is complete without a visit to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. I still get goosebumps seeing some of my all-time favorite paintings in person.

Not a bad view from the Uffizi cafe!

Artist: Michelangelo 

Inspired by this strange piece which turned out to be a cover put on paintings to protect them when being transported. Amazing!!

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

NEED I SAY MORE??! A genius ahead of his time…

Ready to enjoy lunch at Ristorante Pinocchio located near Mercato Centrale. So much shopping can be done just within steps of this place!

Brunelleschi admiring his work (which happens to be the awe-inspiring dome of the cathedral aka Duomo). Just taught my 2nd graders about Brunelleschi and his dome this year!

Enjoying their first gelato in Italy at the inaugural opening of Ettamo Gelato. Highly recommend! It is also located near Mercato Centrale.

Enjoying an early morning breakfast in their third day before heading off to Siena and San Gimignano.

Art teacher friends and colleagues

The view from the villa swimming pool. Not too shabby (even on a hazy day)!

Who else wants to come visit me???

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