After a long flight and exhausting drive out of town and into the countryside, I'm beat. But even the most jet-lagged traveler would perk up at the sight of this rosy-hued villa.
I'll take a quick forty winks in my room before getting a lay of the land. It's rather sparse in there, but the exposed wood ceiling and hand-plastered walls offer plenty of character.
Let's have a quick snack of some prosciutto and figs on the veranda. A little sustenance is just what we need before a long day poolside.
...Until the bright sun slowly starts to set on our first day in Tuscany.
... Then head indoors for a big feast around the dining table. There will be good conversation, gesticulation like only Italians can do, and plenty of laughter.