On our last day in Tuscany, we decided, beautiful as they were, we had had enough of medieval hillside towns and we really wanted to explore the area we were staying in more and spend our last afternoon under the Tuscan sun at our pool.
But first, we had to do some laundry, especially Anson, who had been in Germany and Spain for the ten days before I joined him. I was delighted at this orange-themed laundromat, to match our orange bags and my dress. I made Anson take a picture of me. If you look closely, you'll see that it's 4.50 euro per wash (about $6). Whew!
We headed down the road again to stop at some of the wineries we passed up on our first day. There's that dragon again! I have been looking for the exact meaning of the dragon with no luck. Anyone know?
So, we turned off where we saw the small "Olio e Vino Vendita Diretta" (Oil and Wine Sold Directly) sign not far down the road. We drove up to Podere di Pieve, and we thought we were in the wrong place. I actually told Anson that they weren't open and we should just go somewhere else. Luckily, he persisted and we had one of the most memorable wine tasting experiences of our wine-tasting lives.
video about the winery and set out glasses and bread for us. We tasted the delicious wine and olive oil and learned (again using my limited Italian and plenty of pantomime) that the owners of the winery also manufacture equipment for the wine industry.
Our wonderful host, Franco, ascending the wine cellar stairs in the middle of the lawn. What an incredible experience, my only regret was that we couldn't bring home cases and cases of wine and olive oil. Next time!
We finally pried ourselves away from the beautiful estate, and set out for our next adventure. We were hungry by this time, and we accidentally came across Osteria del Viandante again. The first lunch was so sublime that we didn't even think about it, we just pulled right in and sat down for lunch.
We were leaving the next morning for Rome, but we couldn't help but wish we could stay here for the rest of our vacation.
Salute a Toscana!