My Next Travel Destination: Florence, Tuscany
Being an entrepreneur has taken me all over the world, as I often travel to different countries in order to attend business meetings and conferences.
As exciting as it is that my occupation lets me traverse the globe, doing so for professional purposes means I don’t usually get to take the time to enjoy my destinations to the fullest. Being too busy to savor the scenery of exotic locales can be disheartening for most people, but I reframe those feelings, using them as motivation to properly appreciate when I finally get the chance to take a vacation.
I’ve put a lot of time and thought into where I want to take my next trip, it wasn’t a decision to make lightly. I’ve been wanting to go somewhere new, somewhere I could have a fresh and exciting experience while still being able to unwind and relax. After much deliberation, I decided my next vacation will be spent in none other than the beautiful Italian region of Tuscany, particularly its capital of Florence.
As much as I admire living and working in the Los Angeles area, spending so much time in the media center of the world has left me longing to get in touch with my roots. Having grown up on a farm in Eastern Europe, I miss the wide-open country side and agricultural atmosphere of my childhood, which is what makes Tuscany such an ideal destination.
Famous for its charming vineyards and sprawling fields, Tuscany offers me the opportunity to reconnect with the essence of my humble beginnings in a brand new way. I can’t wait to take a leisurely stroll through a lush garden, taking a deep breath of fresh air as I relish the sensation of fresh soil beneath my feet. Tuscan wine is famed throughout the world, and I can’t think of anything more enjoyable than sipping a glass of Pinot Grigio as I watch the sunset on the Italian horizon.
The local cuisine is hailed for maximizing flavor by utilizing the freshest of ingredients, all prepared in the same masterful techniques that have been passed down through generations. Unlike your average tourist who will naively head to the closest big name restaurant and get tricked into paying inflated prices, I’ll be heading for smaller and more authentic eateries to enjoy my meals, the kind of family owned and operated establishments that tend to get overlooked by the masses.
I don’t want some manufactured experience that was crafted to conform to common stereotypes of the area, I want to imbibe what makes the region so truly special, and that starts with the accommodations. Large hotels may have all sorts of amenities to offer, but I’ve heard good things about staying at an agriculturismo, the kind of rural farmhouse or country villa that crafted the region’s culture in the first place.
Granted, as nice as it is to stray from the beaten path, I’m still interested in checking out the major attractions. Tuscany as a whole may offer a taste of country life (as well as country food and wine) but the capital of Firenze, or Florence as it’s known to the rest of the world, is a big city with big appeal.
I mentioned earlier how Los Angeles is the media center of the world today, but Florence was celebrated as the center of the Renaissance, and the works of the great masters who shaped that era are still there to this day. The artwork and architecture of figures like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Brunelleschi await those ready and willing to appreciate their splendor, and I for one am eager to indulge.
Yes, “indulge” really is the right word. All this sounds very opulent, I’m aware, but when all the hard work you invest in your business ventures yields a fair amount of success, you deserve to invest some of it back into yourself. Always remember that the most important project you’ll ever work on is your own life, and you’re entitled to enjoy it once in a while.