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Posted on March 3rd, 2020 in Tour Tales
Tuscany. Just the word conjures up images of Diane Lane swinging open the shutters in her new villa in Under the Tuscan Sun; verdant green hills, charming hilltop villages; Florence with its duomo that no one can comprehend how it was constructed so long ago. And then there’s the image of Michelangelo’s David with a size, scope and scale that no one is prepared for. It is perfection, in marble! Then it’s time to settle down for a Tuscan meal – sipping regional wines and dipping heavenly breads in truly flavorful olive oil, diving into the balsamic drizzle on the ripe basil-covered beefy tomatoes of your Caprese salad. This is life at the Tuscan table. Food is fresh and quite simple – not adorned with sauces. Olive oil is king and the base for many Tuscan dishes instead of butter. Prosciutto ham is cured for a long time resulting in a distinct and rich flavor. This is a precursor to the famous bistecca alla fiorentina or the Florentine Steak from the Chianina cow breed. Pair all of this with a ‘Super Tuscan’ wine and you’ve just created your own Tuscan memory. Buon appetito!
– Kristin W. Holiday Vacations Tour Director
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