We planned a nice leisurely drive out to Monte San Savino, a town about an hour's drive from the villa, to check out the market which runs till about noon on Wednesdays. We left the villa at about 9:00 am. The scent of linden in the air was pretty strong this morning. We drove along country roads and Tom2 took us over some pretty rough roads. I think Tom2 can be a little strange at times.
We found parking on the edge of the town and started walking upwards - we figured the centre of town was probably further up the hill and that the market was most likely to be there. We guessed right and found the first of the market stalls not too far along the road we chose.
|Petros in Monte San Savino|
|Irene in the yarn store in Monte San Savino|
|Irene and Petros outside the shop that sold porchetta, salami, cheese and jellies.|
|Monte San Savino after the market ended.|
|View from Monte San Savino|
|View of Monte San Savino from our parking lot.|
We stopped by the roadside half way up the hill when we saw a little old lady picking something off a tree. She told us that the fruit she was picking was Moro which Irene said was mulberry. The lady said she would soak the moro in alcohol for 14 days, then remove the fruit and drink the alcohol at Christmas. We figured we would just eat the couple of handfuls that we picked. They look like blackberries and are very sweet. When we asked her where Gorgonza was, she said it was about 5 or 6 kms up the hill. We headed up the hill and finally found the village. We parked the car and walked further up the hill into the village. We had not known it, but the whole village had been turned into a bed and breakfast operation. We met some English speaking tourists who were staying at the village and who were just heading out to a winery. We wondered around for a while before heading off for another village.
|View of the tower at Gorgonza.|
|Florine and Irene in Gorgonza|
|The mill near Bucine|
|French oak barrels in Poggio Molino|
|View of a bridge from the road leading from Poggio Molino|
We decided to head back to the villa for dinner. We had a wonderful dinner of porchetta, left overs, salad, salami, cheese and the villa's white wine followed by a very fruity dessert - watermelon, moro and cherries and 2 dessert wines. We had a great day. All is well in Villa Aureli in Castel del Piano.
|And the wines that accompanied our dinner (we actually did not have any of the red wine).|
I am not sure what we are doing on Thursday. Florine is still researching our excursion for the day. If we spend more time at the villa, I will do my best to do more catching up. Ciao!