Yesterday Dr. C. and I picked up our friends George and Merlene Lynch in Florence, and we drove to Castiglion Fiorentina, a small town in Tuscany, with a much more famous neighbor: Cortona. Don't get me started on Cortona, after Frances Mayes wrote her book, the town has turned into a Hollywood movie set, and you will see more Americani than Italiani.
Merlene is the travel agent who is handling my culinary tour in Umbria next week and we are here with them to find other culinary options in the heart of Italy. Merlene is custom tour specialist, designing tours for small groups. Dr. C. and I have never been to Castiglion Fiorentino, and Merlene had contacted her friends the Bucceletti family who own the largest winery in the area, and we are staying in one of their villas here while exploring the area.
Eduardo is an excellent guide and his passion for the area, and his town is contagious. Again, spectacular views, and beautiful streets.
|Cloister of the Convento di San Francesco|
|Fresco lining the cloister|
|L to right, Dr. C., me, Merlene, George|
|Towers were for protection in the Medieval times|
|That's Dr. C and George, they broke into the tower and climbed up to the top|
|Etruscan ruins at the museum|
|Largest church in Castiglion|
|this is an unbrella pine just hanging out|
|I love the Ape!|
|If someone knows why the Italians love Snow White and the Dwarfs, let me know!|
|Lawn art in a Medieval town|
|Eduardo and Simona|
|In some of the churches here, the altar piece is made of ceramic, rather than marble|
|Pecorino and pears|
|Stems of the Sangiovese grapes|
Societa Agricola Buccelletti
Via Santa Cristina 16 52043 Castiglion Fiorentino
Tel: (+39)0575650179 firstname.lastname@example.org