This was our first day to actually wake up in Italy. Randy and I both woke up at 5 a.m. that morning. It’s no oddity for Randy to wake up that early, but I don’t think I’ve ever woken up AWAKE at that time before. We both managed to sleep a bit longer, thank goodness.
Our “Campus Director,” Ines (pronounced En-nes) was fabulous. Every step of the way, she was there to help us with questions, and her warm hospitality. Ines gave us a lecture about Tuscan history and treated us to all kinds of “tid bits” of information throughout the trip. It was wonderful.
We went on a walking tour of Cortona where our guide, (oops forgot her name) took us to the City Hall and to an Etruscan museum filled with incredible religious art including The Annunciation by Beato Angelico.
After lunch, we were off on the bus to Montalcino to a wonderful winery called Altisimo. The scenery to and from, at the winery, the wine and the hospitality there did not disappoint.
The unbelievably delicious, mouth-watering proscuitto and pecorino cheese. I brought home some cheese, but didn’t bring proscuitto. I get my wonderful charcuterie from La Quercia and it tastes exactly the same as it does in Italy (hence the owners lived there for many years).