Buonconvento, Italy
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Italy’s Hidden Gem: Buonconvento

Buonconvento: A Hidden Italian Gem

First of all, I’d like to thank Kelly of Italian at Heart, Kristie of Mammaprada, and Jasmine of Questa Dolce Vita  for hosting June 2018’s Dolce Vita Bloggers Link-up! Dolce Vita Bloggers is a monthly link-up for lovers of Italy.

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A Unique Italian Experience

If you have time to spend exploring the small towns of Italy, visit Buonconvento to experience la dolce vita. Take a break from the crowded tourist places and enjoy a quiet passeggiata around the historic town.

Details of Buonconvento- Bellissimamma

A Happy and Lucky Place

Buonconvento (“happy and lucky place”) is a medieval village in the Val d’Orcia area. It is listed as one of the Borghi Piu Belli (most beautiful villages) in Italy. Also, Buonconvento is just 25 kilometers south of Siena, and is easily reached by train.

Additionally, if you are planning to drive around Tuscany, make sure to stop by this charming borgo for an aperitivo. It is an ideal spot for hanging out and enjoying a lazy afternoon with your family or close friends.

Also, Buonconvento has a chill and calm atmosphere. For me, it is almost surreal. Maybe it is time to forget the worries of daily life. Why don’t you take “a walk back in time” in this carefully-preserved historic town? Italy has a way of refreshing the soul just by giving you a glimpse of what life was like hundreds of years ago.

Furthermore, it is relatively child-friendly! I think that it is an ideal place for small children because there are plenty of green spaces for them to run around. There is a garden just outside the town gate where you can appreciate the view of a typical Tuscan landscape.

How To Get There From Siena

There is a direct train from Siena to Buonconvento. The trip takes about 25 minutes, and trains leave approximately every hour.  Make sure to buy return tickets at the ticket office. Also, have your tickets machine-validated before boarding the train. From the Buonconvento train station, you can easily take a five-minute walk to the historic center.

Buonconvento’s Historic Center

You can find churches, specialty shops, museums and cafes inside the historic center. My husband and I enjoyed a quiet stroll with my toddler and baby. Definitely a Saturday well-spent!

Buonconvento, Italy

Buonconvento

Buonconvento

 

Museum of Sacred Art (Museo d’Arte Sacra della Val d’Arbia)

When in Buonconvento, don’t forget to visit the Val d’Arbia Museum.  Here you can see sacred art and notable works by artists such as Pietro Lorenzetti and Matteo di Giovanni. My two-year-old son called it “The Jesus Castle”. Tickets cost 3 euros per person.

Val d'Arbia Museum
“He’s got the whole world in His hands.”- Leon (Two Years Old)

 

Have you discovered other hidden gems in Italy? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

Read more about Italy’s hidden gems:

June 2018 Dolce Vita Bloggers Linkup

Read my past Dolce Vita Blogger posts:

A Love Letter To Italy

3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Siena, Italy

Finally, read my past posts about traveling to Italy with little kids:

Venice

Grosseto

Florence

 

Grazie mille!

Buonconvento

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A Dinner Date (With the Kids): Bar La Favorita Siena

16 febbraio 2018

A Dinner Date at Bar La Favorita Siena

Last night, my whole family (hubby, Leon, and Lucas) went on a post-Valentine’s dinner date at Bar La Favorita Siena. This was a big deal for us because it is NOT EASY to go to a fancy date place when you have two kids under the age of three. We almost did not get to go because hubby was so tired from work and Leon was being moody as usual- but I persisted because I know that we needed this.

We made the right decision to go. First of all, Leon slept in his stroller the whole time we were there. Lucas was just happy to eat his bread and tomatoes. The staff of Bar La Favorita Siena, Italy was so accommodating- the server immediately offered an alta seda (high chair) and arranged our table to fit the passegino (stroller). I was surprised that everything was going so well. Normally, Leon would be throwing a fit and Lucas would be crying, but tonight was different.  My husband and I were like, “Oh my gosh, this is a very special moment. Let’s make the most out of it.”

So we spent the next hour and a half enjoying our food and actually talking to one another. It was a great night and we were so happy and satisfied after our date.

The Food (Buon Appetito)

Pappa Al Pomodoro
Pizza Cipolla e Salsiccia
Cacio e Pepe Pasta

 

Steak

 

The food was delicious! I am telling you, food in Italy is just 100 times better. The food pictures do not do justice. Also, as you can tell, I had a bit of wine. Just a little bit since I am breastfeeding.

By the way, we also celebrated Lucas’s 9th month! He is already eating solid food and he loved the Pappa al Pomodoro! I’d better learn how to make this at home.

Thank you for reading my post! I would love to hear how you spent your Valentine’s day with your family! If you have tips on how to go out with little ones, please share them in the comments.

 


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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 12 Jan 2018

This Which Way challenge is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on.

These photos were taken in Italy.

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