On Sunday, May 15, 2016 our driver Allessandro picked us up at our hotel and we began our day-long trip to Rome with some interesting stops that most people wouldn't likely know about.
|olive groves and vineyards. Credit The Guardian.com|
OLIVE GROVES ABOUND! As we drove south from Florence on our way to Rome there were countless olive groves. Most of them seemed to be bordered by tall trees that looked almost like arbovitaes. (Since we were driving and I couldn't get a non-blurry photo of the olive trees, I found one on the Internet that resembles what we saw).
The oils produced in the area around Lucca, near the coast, tend to be yellow, light and fluid. In the Chianti region, near Siena in the heart of Toscana, the oils tend to be more green, and spicy with hints of artichoke and pepper. Further south in the area around Montalcino, the oils tend to be deeper colors, more rustic, and more intense flavors. (Info from http://www.olio2go.com)
|Rob and Tom waiting to go to Rome|
CHURCH OF THE FLEA - We stopped at an ancient church (in need of restoration) called "Santa Braggio" Allessandro said it means church of the flea. Of course, we don't know if he was kidding us, but it was pretty well run-down, smelled musty and appeared "flea-bitten"! Neither of us remember taking pictures of it, but we certainly remember the name of it!
NEXT: OUR FAVORITE TOWN: MONTEPULCIANO!