I spied these stylish Italian beehives during a splendid afternoon and evening at Agriturismo Il Greppo, a lovely winery and bed/breakfast located somewhere between Siena and Montepulciano. Before dinner and as the sun was setting amongst the vineyard, we were treated to tour of the grounds, the production room and a full round of wine tasting. As a result I left with an entire case of Vino Nobile. Il Greppo wines are based on the Sangiovese grape. and their main production is Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. We also tasted Rosso di Montepulciano, Chianti and Vin Santo. Una bella esperienza!
This is Osteria Del Cinghiale Bianco, the restaurant in the Oltrarno district in Florence where we ate before heading over to the Arno to take pictures. It looks like so many other restaurants throughout the area. When we got there, we were very early by Italian standards – around 6:00pm. They grudgingly gave us a seat, even though we didn’t have reservations. Evidently this place isn’t all that easy to get into during the high tourist season. The early seating was full of tourists who are unable to wait until 10pm for dinner with the locals. When we left, there was a line down the street to get in. Maybe eating early wasn’t such a bad thing.
Sunset on the beautiful Arno river in Firenze in May 2012. On one of our the last nights of our tour in Tuscany we headed across the bridge to the Oltrarno district and had a quick dinner at Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco, which was quite good. We made it a quick dinner because we wanted to get back over to the Arno river to take pictures at sunset. The restaurant was in a perfect location, right off the river – so we were perfectly positioned to get our prized snaps.
Tuscany has to be one of the best photographic experiences. I would say “the best” but cooking ranks up there somewhere, right? So grab your camera and your plane ticket, Tuscany awaits you! If you are looking for tour recommendations, check the main page of my website, http://www.italyandme.com I have some links to different tours and such listed. See what you think.
Soft food doesn’t need to be boring. Risotto fits the bill quite nicely. When I was in Italy last year I purchased a lovely handmade risotto pot from Cesare in Montepulciano. He’s one of Italy’s last coppersmiths – made the whole thing by hand. It’s heavy and beautiful!