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Kristin's Blog: Day 4 in Tuscany
Today we slept in a bit - much needed! After a hearty breakfast we headed by bus to Sarah's Farm in the Tuscan hillsides. The Farm was simply amazing. We made our own pasta after a demonstration by Sarah Fioroni. The farm was started by Sarah's father who is 85 years old; he still works on the farm, along with many other family members. The pasta making was so much fun! We made all sorts of different types of pasta. The view from the top of the farm was breathtaking. To see such views every is a true blessing from above.
Once we were done with the pasta making, we took a walking tour of the farm. It was great to see the vineyards and listen to how the wine was made from all of the special grapes. After our wine tour, we headed back to the top of the farm (near where we made the pasta). Anyone who wanted to head to the back of the farm could enjoy a wine tasting of the three wines that are made on the farm. Others had the option of going to an olive oil bottling demonstration. I went to the olive oil bottling with my daughters, while my husband, Bruce, went to the wine tasting. It was great -- we bottled three different types of olive oil.
Afterwards, we joined Bruce for a wonderful lunch which included two different pasta dishes (all of the pasta was freshly made on the farm), along with the best fresh grown salad. The tomatoes in the salad were literally melting in your mouth. We were also given the opportunity to visit the farm store and purchase wine, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar to ship back to the United States. Let's just say that the majority of us spent a lot of euros at Sarah's Farm!
Then we headed back to the hotel for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. Many of us went to the pool or took a little nap in our rooms.
Tonight, we were encouraged to dress up for dinner as we were headed to a medieval castle in the countryside for dinner. The ride there was on curvy, winding roads. Our bus driver did an amazing job driving up and down the roads -- often times the bus seemed bigger than the width of the roads! Upon our arrival, we again had to marvel at the breath-taking views. The Castle Vicchionaggio was amazing! It also had an attached bed and breakfast, which is very popular in Tuscany. Tonight's menu included pasta with wild boar, chicken, beef, green beans, and a cake for dessert. Ooops - I almost forgot to mention the wine - we had that too!
Just as we though the meal was ending, a five person band came in singing Italian songs and grabbing us to dance and sing with them. It was such fun! Our Adventure Guides danced and laughed along with us. The singing even continued on the bus ride home. Such a fun day!
Tink's Tip: During your free time in each city, take the time to speak to the locals and get to know the city or town where you are visiting. Some of the best meals we have had in Italy have been in small, local places.