The Italy we were looking for
Our transport arrived at 11:30 and we were off to the next hotel which was in fact a working vineyard. It's called Hotel Paggeria Medicea and it is beautiful. Built in 1596 the villa was the summer home for the family. Down below in the valley is a Borga, which Was described to us as the village outside the rich people's property. The workers in the vineyard lived in the Borga. Truly spectacular, the view in every direction is amazing.
The above pic is of the villa. Below is the view with of the olive groves and vineyard in the valley. This is also the view outside our door.
We spent the day lazing around the grounds. They have a wonderful pool, but we couldn't fit our swimsuits in our bags, so we just grabbed some lounge chairs In the shade and dozed off our lunch. For dinner tonight we had a five course meal with limitless wine. This was part of our tour, which consist of 38 people, all from the U.S. First course was salad, then the ravioli with meat sauce, next was pasta with vegetables, then grilled meats to include chicken, sausage, ribs and this came with potatoes and spinch and the final course was a dessert. It was all served as family style, which is referred to as Tuscan style here. It was delicious and once again we are going to sleep (dinner ended at 9:30) with too much food on our stomachs.
Our tour guide is a female who I'm guessing is early 30's. She is from a town outside of Venice. Three years ago she moved to Chicago with her husband and they just moved back about two weeks ago. While in the U.S. She had a son. So he is an American citizen. She speaks great English and will help make this trip smooth. I can't begin to explain some of the 38 personalities on this trip. Kelly has already taken to giving them nicknames based on their personalities.
The Internet is much better here, so I'm including a picture from yesterday. Leslie will appreciate my salad
Here's our agenda for tomorrow