We came across from Rapello through Verona. I liked Verona very much although passed on the option to eat horse or donkey ragu, instead enjoying an excellent seafood… Read more “Two days in Venice is not enough (part one)”
I’m going to jump ahead (will write about Pisa and Florence in a later entry hopefully) to a day I had been looking forward to very very… Read more “Beautiful Cinque Terre”
A low-key but lovely morning was spent getting our sleeves rolled up and cooking our own lunch. We did this in the midst of the most breathtakingly beautiful landscape – it was almost impossible to tear our eyes and cameras away from the scenery stretching out in front of us to go inside.
A simple menu of bread salad, pasta with vegetable ragu and tiramisu kept us concentrating for the morning. We got to keep the recipes as well, so once I am home I’ll probably make some of the menu again and post the recipes if they still taste this yummy!
It’s easy to forget how easy it is to throw together perfect silky smooth pasta, even without the help of a pasta rolling machine. We were a mixed group cooking skills-wise, so the cooking school did well to keep everyone happy and also make sure we served ourselves edible food.
The meal was matched perfectly with accompanying wines as the cooking school was (surprise surprise) attached to a vineyard. We treated ourselves to a beautiful red and I also bought myself a tee-shirt with this beautiful quote from Galileo Galilei.
Wine is sunlight, held together by water
The beautiful villa where Machiavelli was under house arrest, spending his time writing , fuming and plotting – now a wonderful vineyard. The house still has much still intact from Machiavelli’s time including some magnificent furniture. For us it was a chance to absorb yet more history, check out some local wine, sample some local food, and relax in the perfect afternoon sun. Not quite sure how I am going to go back to my ordinary existence!
(A very random aside. Those of you who are Black Books fans will appreciate my photo of the cheap and dusty wine! )
I’m quite behind in keeping up to date with everything we have been doing so will do a few mainly photographic entries in an attempt to catch… Read more “Tuscan meanderings”
A sensory overload already and we have only been here a few days. Early start onto the coach that will become very familiar over the next little… Read more “From Pompeii to Capri”
And finally we get to Italy. I’m a bit behind in my chronicles as our days are so packed! Lots of photos to help remember and tell… Read more “A taste of Rome”