Laura met us in the nearby town square of Vinci and we made a short drive to the world famous hills of Tuscany to stay in her beautiful La Casa di Marcello. When we first arrived, the expansive view took our breath away. You have to see it in person to truly experience the magic of this famous Tuscan tableau. We had one of the best working vacations (we are screenwriters) of our lives staying at La Casa di Marcello. We were living in history. The home was built in the late 19 century by Laura's great grandfather and his brother - but the home has been lovingly refurbished, including modernized kitchen and bathroom amenities. The warm, familial vibe and soul of the Casa saturates every square inch of it. It is an incredibly authentic Tuscan home with fields of olive trees, wild rosemary and an old brick barn right outside the front door. Rows of vineyards line the emerald green hills that surround the property. Every night we were there, we watched the golden Tuscan sun setting on hilltop walled cities and the picturesque snow capped mountains in the distance. It was truly awe inspiring. The kitchen (with a gorgeous wood burning fireplace) is fully equipped with everything you need to make big family Italian meals or a special romantic gourmet dinner for two. Laura gave us a bottle of Casa di Marcello's olive oil and it was the best we have ever tasted. She also left us a bottle of their Chianti - bellissimo! Laura was very sweet, kind and helpful. She was such a gracious host, even being our special guide for a trip to Lucca. We also took daily drives to the ancient walled cities of Sienna, Florence and San Gimiagnano where we had some of the best cheese and local wines. We did not mind being "off the grid" for a week, because it brought us closer together and we got a lot of writing and cooking done. If you need free wifi you just stop into a lovely cafe in Vinci (right across from the Leonardo da Vinci Museum) in the mornings to have the best espresso of your life and check your emails. Then afterwards you can step into a local ceramics shop where you can meet the artist/potter, see his workshop where his wife hand paints every piece and buy some of the most exquisite Italian ceramics you've every seen. Then drive up the hill home and stop into a 'small' farmhouse to see the birthplace of the genius Leonardo da Vinci. We highly recommend staying at La Casa di Marcello. We are definitely returning again every year.