Tuscany always gets the romantic treatment. Americans love Tuscan sun, wine, hills, olive oil…. Tuscany is a magic word in America and especially at silly restaurants where the word ‘Tuscan’ is used to sex up uninspired menu options in a pinch.
I often have to remind myself that Tuscany is a special word in my native lands. Not because I don’t find Tuscany beautiful, (it is beautiful) but because Tuscany is usually the site of epic road trip meltdowns for Giuseppe and me. Generally by the time we reach Tuscany, we have been in the car for eight hours and we start realizing Tuscany is big, like really big.