Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tuscan Hill Towns, Vineyards, and Olive Groves

During the past two days, the Visitation Choir Tour Group has traveled from Umbria to Tuscany and has explored the Tuscan towns of Montelpuciano, Radda, Volpaia, and Volterra, as well as San Gimignano, our base for our three nights in Tuscany. The beautiful hotel in San Gimignano is situated a short walk outside of the city walls with a view of many miles of vineyards, olive groves, and Tuscan hills. The Terrace outside the hotel that overlooks the pool and gardens has provided the base for the group predinner activities each of the last two evenings before a short walk into town for dinner and people watching.

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day for a tour of Chianti, but today looks like it will be overcast as we head into Florence to sing the main 10:30 am Sunday Mass at Santa Maria Novella, one of the main churches in Florence. From there sightseeing in the museums and other churches of Florence before returning to San Gimignano tonight. Keith has uploaded new pictures through Friday - click on the link at the right. We will try to upload videos and more pictures soon.


  1. Kansas City is also anticipating rain through Monday. The Trolley Run was completed this morning without weather impediments. Enjoy Tuscany in all its splendor!


  2. The Elite Eight sang with harmony and gusto on your behalf. Keys were placed on the director's riser in her honor.

  3. Typical Saturday night in Midwest. Pickup truck race at Kansas Speedway stopped due to tornado. Try explaining that to your new Tuscan bff's.

  4. Thanks for the update and the link to the photo spot! I'm loving watching my family having the trip of a life time!

    Laura F

  5. In case the CDC quarantines you in Italy, be assured that the Elite Eight are prepared to represent you Sunday.