Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Castellina de Chianti- A Tuscan Italian Adventure
So we arrive in Castellina de Chianti, an ancient civilization in my eyes. It takes you someplace very hard to explain, but its humbling to know how people used to live and the things they did to protect themselves from each other. Walking into the "castled in city" is absolutely incredible. There is an underground tunnel that goes under part of the walled in city that has guard windows to look out in case of intruders. Within the walls is a quaint little city with bakeries, espresso, gelato, wineries, artists galleries, gift shops and a whole lot of history and vibe to it.
A very hot day in August at the top of a very dry area in Italy calls for some gelato, so we stopped to get a few bowls and headed on our way. Italy if already didn't know is gelato heaven. Mountainous heaps of color and flavor taunt you as you walk by gelato booths that are strategically placed... EVERYWHERE! MMMmmmm.... Gelato! After a bit of that we checked out the incredible tunnel and view from the guard windows of the grape vineyard and olive tree covered hills below.
On the way back to our bus, and a pretty quick jaunt of the city we stopped by a very authentic pizzeria. This is where your pizza is cooked on a wood burning stove and very true to Italy. See my pizza recipe, where I have given my best efforts to replicate this amazing pizza for you at home. We had to eat quick so we didn't miss our bus. We tried to take it with us with permission from our waitress, but the Italian's do not "do" to go food. You do not ask for a box at the end of your dinner. Your chef will be insulted if you send food back to their kitchen, which is hard because they give you food, and a lot of it! I swear we paid and ate a few bites, and had to practically "steal" our own pizzas to get out of there with them!
We barely caught our bus, munched down the rest of our tasty pizza and chased it with some Chianti before our ride back to Seina. I'd say we had a pretty awesome accidental adventure, but lesson learned when in Italy, don't go anywhere with out your camera! I hope you enjoyed your visit with me in Italy!
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