Pienza and Lucignano
Our first full day of our tour started with a vigorous walk up the steep, steep road to the entrance of Cortona. We did not go in as we were waiting to be formally introduced to the city. We walked back down to the villa for a continental breakfast. After many cups of tea, coffee and bread and jam our day was ready to begin.
We travelled around an hour to the hillside town of Pienza. Pienza is a stunning little town with breathtaking views and fantastic little wine, food and trinket shops. We watched the cheese rolling game and leisurely meandered through town.
Our next stop was a stunning hamlet called Lucignano D’Asso for a lunch of organic farm produce overlooking stunning Tuscan countryside. The cheeses were creamy and the meats tasty. The tiny hamlet is quaint and very easy on the eye.
After a much needed rest back at the villa, We were whipped away for a traditional Tuscan dinner. Food, I mean food! I mean too much food! Restaurant Antica Rota is run by a husband and wife team whom are friends of our tour guide, Carlo. We were given pasta with peccorino and pear, yum! Then fettucine Bolognese. I was under the impression that we were done. No, we then offered osso bucco with salad and rosemary potatoes. If you think thats it you would be wrong! He then came round with the most tender rosemary and oil marinated steak. It is still not over. Strawberries in sugar ensured we were having trouble speaking we were so full! Then back to the villa for a big sleep.