As the car pulled up to the castle grounds, I was taken back to a different time. From the castle lookout, the vineyards formed a sea of green below. The Tuscany bricks burned red in the sunlight. On the castle grounds, sheep and turkey roamed freely. Inside the courtyard was a well, and a lime tree that had just ripened.
Everywhere I looked, hints of Italy made me smile and reminded me of my brief trip to the country 2 years ago. But I was no where near Europe. I found all this at Castello Di Amorosa in Napa Valley, California. The castle opened 4 years ago but its exteriors bares authenticity - the owner had all the parts shipped from Tuscany.
I have been hoping to return to Italy for a long time, and I am thrilled to have found a piece of it in the Napa Valley.