After our morning coffee Carlo took us to the villa the movie Under the Tuscan Sun was based on. I loved the movie and it was a thrill to see the pretty villa. We took photos of the now empty villa before starting our days activities.
This morning we went to the bottom of the hill to visit the markets in Camucia. This bustling market is filled with clothing, shoes, linen and some amazing food stalls. We wandered around for an hour or so and were offered salami to taste and cheeses. I was tempted by a porchetta roll, but decided to save myself for lunch! The markets were fun and a little more time to explore them would have been great.
After the markets we were taken back to the villa to spend the day with Carlo’s wife Sioban to participate in a cooking school. Sioban is a chef from Yallingup and a delight to spend the day with. We pottered round the kitchen and helped to make the amazing feast she was preparing for our lunch.
We made, crostini, fried zucchini flowers and sage leaves, Pappardelle alla Boscaiola, Polpetone di Tacchino, Cabbage, radish, pea, mint and parmesan salad finished with Fruits of the forest with Zabaglione.
We sat outside and enjoyed with wine while enjoying the amazing views. Afternoon naps were in order before a free evening.
Mum and I decided to wander up to Cortona. The town hums in the early afternoon as the families and friends gather in the town centre for pre dinner drinks while the kids happily kick soccer balls about. It is a lovely small town atmosphere. Mum and I perused the shops and found ourselves at the opposite side of town with amazing valley views. We had not planned on having dinner as our lunch was so enormous, but we could not resist the Torino restaurant perched on the hill so we could soak in the view.
This turned out to be one of the best meals enjoyed on the tour. Anyone from Perth would know how much we pay for food when eating out, let alone somewhere with a view like this! We enjoyed a glass of Prosecco, Italian sparkling, Bruchetta, Mum had ragu pasta and I had a delicious saffron and squash risotto. The bill came to 31 euro! We noticed eating out in most parts of Italy was really great value.
After a leisurely walk home we slipped into a food coma!