Driving Alpha Romeos through Southern Tuscany

As a special 50th birthday treat my husband booked 3 vintage cars on our trip to Montepulciano. Driving Alpha Romeos through Southern Tuscany might just be the most wonderful thing I dreaded doing. I know it’s an experience of a lifetime and a romantic thing to do, but I’m a girl with a midlife preference for comfort. Hiring vintage soft-top cars to power along dusty tracks through Tuscan vineyards, some without seat belts (or I suspect suspension) turned out to be hugely exhilarating and memorable.

I can’t pretend it was the most comfortable road trip I’ve ever experienced. I was shaken to the core and coated in a film of dust upon arrival to all the Tuscan hill top towns. The cars rattled as well as roared. But, despite myself I flung my arms into the air as we sped through some of the most stunning countryside I have ever seen…

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As a special 50th birthday treat my husband booked 3 vintage cars on our trip to Montepulciano. Driving Alpha Romeos through Southern Italy might just be the most wonderful thing I dreaded doing. I know it's an experience of a lifetime and a romantic thing to do, but I'm a girl with a midlife preference for comfort. Hiring vintage soft-top cars to power along dusty tracks through the Tuscan vineyards, some without seat belts (or I suspect suspension) turned out to be exhilarating and memorable...

The best way to know if driving Alpha Romeos through Southern Tuscany is for you, is to enjoy this Vlog. Better than me putting it into words…

We booked these vintage Alpha Romeos through Your Secret Tuscany.

This is NOT a sponsored post, I’m just sharing the love.

Gallery

The cars turned up on the back of a car transporter. It took the men no time at all to get them off and park them up in our villa driveway.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. The Cars Arrive.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Red Vintage Car.

There was quite a lot of leaning.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. White Vintage Car.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Three Vintage Cars.

Even I had a go.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Vintage Car.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Vintage Cars Parked Outside Villa.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. The Bonnets.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. The REG Plate.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. A REG Plate.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. A Vlog Showing Our Experiences.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Steering Wheel.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Parked In A Row.

The cars come with a vintage-style hat, driving gloves and scarves for the ladies.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Vintage Style Hat.
Vintage style hat and gloves come with the cars.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Vintage Driving Gloves.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Scarfs For The Ladies.
Scarfs for the ladies.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Soft-top Down.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Refuelling.
Refuelling.

Places we visited

Medieval Hill Town Of Montepulciano

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Montepulciano.
Montepulciano.
Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Hill Towns Of Tuscany.
Getting a bit lost.
Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Hill Town Square.
The town square.

 

Ancient Hill Town Of Cortona

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Cortona.
Cortona.

 

Avignonesi Wine Tour And Lunch

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Pretty Car Park.
Pretty car park.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Wine Tour.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Avignonesi Wine Tour.
Avignonesi wine tour.
Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Avignonesi Lunch.
Avignonesi lunch.

Bagno Vignoni – the spa town

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Bagno Vignoni.
Bagno Vignoni spa town.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Walking Around Bagno Vignoni.

 

Monticchiello – An Art And Crafts Hill Town

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Monticchiello.
Monticchiello.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Sightseeing.

 

Most Romantic Hill Town – Pienza

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Hill Town Views.

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Steep Streets.

 

Gladiator fields

Driving Alpha Romeos Through Southern Tuscany. Gladiator Film Setting.
‘Gladiator’ film setting.

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Other things to do in Tuscany

Villa Montepulciano Tuscany | Stunning Views

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano

Private Cooking Class Or Private Chef Dinner In Tuscany?


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  1. I may be a tad bias, but I care not! This is the best blog and vlog post so far. You really captured the feel, you could almost be there watching it. I laughed and cried! Great editing, great music choice.

    Buonissimo, fantastico, grazie mille 😘😘😘

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    1. Italy is probably our favourite place to go. It’s the country we always return to. I’m yet to do Southern Italy, but would recommend the rest full heartedly! x

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  2. Oh. My. Word. This is absolutely stunning! Your pictures are unreal – I really want to be in Tuscany right now! The driving goggles and hat are brilliant as well. I can safely say that if I ever get the chance to do this, I’m snapping it up! Thank you for linking up with us at #Blogstravaganza

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  3. Now I know what I want to do for my 50th! LOVE!! And wonderful timing as we will be doing a similar drive in a few weeks. Checking out the restaurant as it looks exactly like what I was looking for – we are meeting some friends for a long lunch! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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    1. Oh wonderful!! The wine tour and lunch was stunning. It was a real test of discipline for the drivers who could only sip the incredible wine a little. Have a fantastic time (make sure someone else drives ;O) x

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  4. What a great idea for a celebration! I’m kind of with you on the comfort and safety side of things, and no waaaay I’m wearing that leather hat and goggles, but at the same time, there’s a real romance to driving through Italy in such gorgeous vehicles! Great photos.

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    1. Thank you! Haha yes, that hat was a bit peculiar! It took me a while to get my head around the safety aspect. I wouldn’t have been happy if the kids cars had no seat belts. But, I have to say, it was rather freeing in the end! x

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