Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Tuscany Region and back to Normalcy

Monday, we scheduled a bus tour where we stopped in San Gimignano in the Chianti region that included a wine tasting lunch at Tenuta Torciano winery.  This city is one of very few where the all the towers are still remaining.  Fourteen of them to be exact.  The winery has been around for about 150 years.  After being tutored on how to taste wine, we got to sample a white, Chianti and a Chianti Classico.  The designation for Classico is the Black Rooster.  No Black Rooster, no Classico.
The gate into San Gimignano

Chianti Classico with Rooster
A Tuscan lunch
Erin with our wine host, Fabrizio
Florence and Siena were warring regions for centuries.  Sort of like the Crips and the Bloods.  
The fortress of Monteriggioni was the last bastion of resistance only falling with the advent of cannons.
The fortress Monteriggioni
Then off to Siena, my other favorite city in Italy. 
More to come as we gotta catch a train.

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