|Palazzo Gudagni's Loggia couldn't be any prettier or more relaxing|
|a mix of locations we focused on included our hotel room, the countryside homes and Florentine design shops|
|Bianca models (KNOCK OUT LADY ALERT!) as we style and shoot the room around her|
|Cycling the Tuscan hillside with Jason of Tuscany Bike Tours|
|We tasted wine and local olive oil before setting off on our bikes!|
Speaking of sporting, we attempted to put our cameras down (rather impossible at this point, the addiction had fully taken hold of our group) for a daylong bicycle ride through the hills outside of Florence. In the safe and encouraging hands of Tuscany Bike Tours, we visited a medieval castle, tasted wine and olive oils (very spicy, bitter and fresh) and then mounted our steeds. Joy and revelry were in the air as the wildflowers perfumed our bike helmets, lilting as we coasted up and down the hills. There's no better way to see a country than on a comfy bike. I just about to burst with pride as I surmounted a final baby mountain towards the end of the day. This touring company inspired me to search for a weeklong bike trip somewhere in Europe next Fall. I rode my bike a ton as a teenager and being on two wheels just fills me with glee.
After taking in a lot of culture, shops, churches and lounging at our swank palace hotel, it was a thrill to be in the bright sunshine and quiet of the countryside. The perfect mid-week break!