Hard to believe that Nancy, LeAnn, Mary and Lynda are now back in California and Toby arrived safely in Atlanta. It’s hard to put the experience into words and even photos can’t tell the entire story, but here is my attempt.
Enjoy the slideshows!
The arrival on April 17
On our first morning, we went to Greve, then Montefiorelle for a wine tasting and a walk around the town until we experienced a mini tornado.
Then we went to Greti for a tour of the Goat farm at Podere Le Fornachi and a cheese tasting
Maria Novella, our private chef for the evening came to Il Colle and made us an amazing dinner.
We spent three days in Florence. One day Anna took us to the Uffizi and to see The David followed by an Aperitivo evening with Cristina, complete with an Italian lesson. Another day was devoted to shopping and simply wandering around. Our last day was spent at the Boboli Gardens. Here are only some of the highlights
Chocolate tasting at Amedei.
An afternoon in Lucca
A day at Cristina’s farm in Paterno where we had a delicious lunch and a visit to a ceramic studio in the countryside.
Castello del Trebbio
Our cooking class at Castello del Trebbio
We visited Siena
and then on to the tiny hilltop town of Montereggiano
Gelato tasting in Castellina
The town of Radda
And the highlight of the day, April 25, (a national holiday) was the Festa Della Buon stagione, complete with a parade and mock hanging in Panzano, Daniele’s hometown. We had a great lunch at Le Panzenelle too!
Time to say Goodbye or rather, Arrivederci!
With our driver, Daniele, in front of our house at Il Colle