Florence is one of the main tourist centers in Italy and attracts millions of visitors from all over the world every year. Quite rightly, because there is really much to see. Not only the Venus by Botticelli in the Uffizi and Michelangelo's David in the Accademia, the Cathedral and the Baptistery with its bronze doors by Brunelleschi or the Ponte Vecchio with its goldsmith shops. There are also many hidden treasures such as the frescoes of Fra Angelico in San Marco or the Giardini Baldini.
The question is, where you can find good and affordable food. Here are our personal tips.
Olive oil is the "liquid gold" of Umbria, a high-quality and healthy food, that should not be missing in any kitchen. The olive harvest begins in mid October. Everywhere the nets get spread out under the trees. The pickers pick the olives from the trees by hand or with shaking sticks, then the olives they are taken to the oil mill. Read here how the olives finally become olive oil.
A very special experience: Going on a historic steam train from Perugia to Terontola, along the Trasimeno lake. The 150 th anniversary of the Terontola-Foligno railway line was celebrated on November 6, 2016 with an extraordinary train journey - and we were on board.
One of the most spectacular views to be enjoyed from La Rogaia is the view of Monte Amiata. It is an extinct volcano, 5,702 feet high and the second highest mountain of Tuscany. A trip to Monte Amiata is worth in every season. It is a 2 hours drive from La Rogaia almost to the top of the mountain. Only the last few hundred meters have to be climbed by foot. A trip to Monte Amiata is particularly attractive in midsummer. On the mountain heights one can escape the summer heat.
Hearing of the Italian region of "Tuscany"one immediately thinks of feasting with good food and wine:Bruschetta appetizers andChianti wine,Acquacotta soupandwild boarham,Cantuccicookies andVinSanto. When travelling in Tuscany you can be pretty sure to get something delicious to eat whereever you go.However, there aredifferences,andthebest places to eatare often hidden. And they are not necessarilywheremost the most touristsgo. Inthe last 15 yearsmany atripwith guestsorwith the family has led us toneighboring SouthernTuscany. Sowedo not want to withhold ourtastiestculinarydiscoveries.
On Friday November 20 we took the last load of olives to the oil mill and got our delicious, deep green, new olive oil. The mild November wheather has blessed the olive pickers with days full of sunshine. Of course it is much more fun to pick olives or to take a rest on the mint scented meadows under the trees when the sun is shining. But already a day later the winter came to Umbria ...