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Provincia di Pistoia

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  • Day38

    Cinque Terre

    April 4 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Pictures, postcards, stories cannot full explain the beauty of this area. The vineyards terraced on the hill side, the colorful homes and storefronts, the coastline and force of the Mediterranean..... it is an experience you must see in person! As part of this tour during warmer weather you will arrive in La Spezia and take a boat between the 5 (cinque) villages. We walked, and walked, and walked some more then took the train to the farthest village. Toured there and had a simple lunch and gelato. Took the train back to La Spezia where our motorcoach brought us safely to Hotel Columbia. Little wine shared with new friends and fun time at dinner. More adventures tomorrow so off to bed.
    One thing I really like about this travel style is we are staying at the Hotel Columbia for 6 nights... there is so much to explore from here within an hour or so drive it's a great location.
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  • Day37

    Fresh market and pasta making

    April 3 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Montecatini morning was cloudy, rained a bit on our way to the fresh market in Florence. Met Chef Libero and Rosa. We broke into groups of 5 or 6 and were given a list of a few items needed for our cooking lesson and lunch- in Italian.... they did give us Euros to purchase the items. Once we translated our list consisted of red onions, bunch of Rosemary and Sage. Mission accomplished. We the wandered through the market looking at all their fresh meats, cheeses, breads, and fruits. After enjoying bread and stuffed sun dried tomatoes we got back on the coach to Libero's restaurant & estate vineyard. Warmly welcomed with a glass of blue champagne! Yes, blue, hint of raspberries.
    On to pasta making. Donned in apron and hairnet sous caps, we got to work making ravioli for our lunch. Also made a panzinela salad, zuppa and biscuits (what I would call biscotti).
    Amazing wine tasting with starters of fried squash blossoms, crostini & fried polenta.
    Rained while we ate and drank then the sky cleared and we had a beautiful drive back to the Hotel Columbia.
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  • Day39

    Pisa and Vinci

    April 5 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Rain has moved out and we are given blue skies for today's adventures: Pisa - yes, where the tower is still leaning, tho some angles not so much. Then down the Countryside to Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo. Very picturesque, full of history and nestled between olive groves. Nice stop for a snack and glass of wine. Tonight we have a regional meal at a local home. We'll see how they press olives into oil, grapes into wine and enjoy a traditional meal.Read more

  • Day39

    Regional meal in Montecarlo (Italy)

    April 5 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Another amazing experience, Regional dinner at a family estate: vineyard & olive grove.
    After a walk to the vineyard and an explanation of the olive press, we headed into dinner: bread, meats and cheese, olives, barley soup, sauteed veggies, roasted potatoes, grilled chicken, ribs, and sausage... wines of course with biscotti to finish with. Such a terrific way to meet the locals and see their way of life. Trafalgar has many of these experiences on most of their itineraries. We even met a group that was on a Costsaver tour which included this meal. Something for everyone!Read more

  • Day36

    Last post for today... Tuscany

    April 2 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Seemed like a long drive but now in Tuscany for 6 nights. Great hotel near the town square, explored enough to get a nice dinner and a few glasses of Prosecco. Once my phone and tablet sync I'll post food and wine pics.

  • Day40

    Be My Guest

    April 6 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    A great opportunity to dive into the Countryside and be the guests of the Lenzi family for a tour, meal and tasting of their estate wines. Magnificent! Husband and wife, along with their daughter, who is the chef shared their history, wines, and served us a wonderful meal.
    Beautiful experience, just another must do!Read more

  • Day41

    Then there was dinner

    April 7 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Enjoyed an incredible meal with Libero and his son at Villa Machiavelli. Started with a Limoncello-Prosecco followed by a tour of their old cellar and beautiful garden. Upstairs to a private dining room where we enjoyed wine pairing with appetizers, meats & cheese, crostini, gnocchi, pasta, roasted potatoes and Prime Rib. Delicious. Bring on the Prosecco for dessert of panna cotta and tiramisu. Glad I wasn't driving... love their Prosecco!!!!Read more

  • Day289

    Pistoia

    April 11, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Leaving Pisa with fond memories we continued our travels further inland and a little north. Pescia, the first place we'd planned to stay had a section of a car park for camper vans with well marked and signed bays. Unfortunately they were very difficult to find, being covered over by not so well parked cars! It would have been awkward to wait anywhere and there was no guarantee that the owners would return to move the vehicles at any point that day so we somewhat wearily set out to our backup stopover, Pistoia.

    Climbing the hill out of town, we were treated to some beautiful sights of Spring green hills and a valley below. We rose higher and navigated a few switchback bends on the quiet road. Suddenly there was a barrier across the road and beyond it signs of the tarmac slipping down the hill. There was no choice but to turn (taking care not to back onto the steep slopes of the olive grove) and retrace our steps, passing the same few pedestrians we'd seen on the way up, their faces half guilty, half amused.

    As you can imagine, we were relieved to pull into the spacious tarmaced stopover at Pistoia. It looked a bit dirty, there were a few caravans and a camper in bad shape, whose inhabitants seemed to be living there full time, despite the 48hours maximum stay regulations. Our van neighbours were young women, possibly Syrian, with young children, a baby and more on the way. It was lovely to see the children playing. In the evening a couple of them spent about 30 minutes picking up litter and the next morning a municipal street cleaning lorry swept it clean and emptied the bins, making a real difference to the appearance.

    We'd been able to use cycle cycle tracks on our last few city visits but were still very pleasantly surprised the next morning to find an excellent route into this town. What a difference from down south!

    Pistoia had kids everywhere. It seemed a whole school had come out to draw and paint street scenes - it was super to see them outside the classroom! A street stall was selling black pudding, something we hadn't seen for months, so Will was allowed a very small piece. We picked up some bread and dried figs at another stall and made or way out of this pleasant little town to set off towards our next overnight stay.
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