a final day of food and wine in Tuscany
Hard to believe its been 2 weeks of wonderful experiences around Italy and we are finishing off with another day exploring the hills and towns that make up the provence of Casentino, just to the north of La Torre and Arezzo.
Its only 30 minutes by car , but its a winding road over the hills laced with vineyards & olive groves as we travel from Capolona to Talla.
The village of Talla is the home village of Christian , the winemaker for La Torre
and he has got one of the local chef's from a little trattoria, La Taverna del Re to show us the art of preparing a very local version of a Ragu, one based on liver and the other veal ( from the last of the local chinina cows, very rare)
After our final cooking school, we do some touring along the way back into Arezzo, to finally see the old city inside the walls of Arezzo.
Arezzo (Italian pronunciation: [aˈrettso] is a city and capital of the province of the same name, located in Tuscany. Arezzo is about 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Florence, at an elevation of 296 metres (971 ft) above sea level. In 2011 the population was about 100,000.
Arezzo is set on a steep hill rising from the floodplain of the River Arno. In the upper part of the town are the cathedral, the town hall and the Medici Fortress (Fortezza Medicea), from which the main streets branch off towards the lower part as far as the gates. The upper part of the town maintains its medieval appearance despite the addition of later structures.
Its a special day today as once a month the entire central Piazzas , plural, inside the old city are host to the monthly Antique markets.
Michael Jackson's twin , the muddled wombat, is our crazy host, we recount lots of stories from the the past 2 weeks, we drink copious quantities of the local organic wine, we taste our 22nd pasta on tour, we laugh a lot, and finally end up with the locals for a singalong, of sorts,
From somewhere the grappa arrives, and from memory, Lemoncello, .
Finally we all head back up the hill to the wonderful La Torre for our final nights sleep in this extraordinarily magical place before we head to Rome for flights home.
I will do a Best of Tour summary as a final blog to this series and of course start researching the next trip to Italy (which could be as soon as February , fingers crossed )