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Exploring Val D'Orcia

The Pici Lesson at Cretaiole was great fun. Isabella and some of our younger guests made the dough, which was then divided among all of us. We all practiced rolling Pici which wasn't nearly as easy as it looked. Isabella cooked the Pici and served it with her own Ragu along with an assortment of meats grilled by her husband, Carlos. Each of the guests contributed a small appetizer or dessert. The Morricciani family joined us for dinner and it was a fun evening. We sat around til near midnight sipping on Carlos Sr.'s Vin Santo &/or Grapa. (Just before the lesson we were treated to an Olive Oil tasting with Carlos Jr. who sits on the regional board issuing the D.O.P. to local producers.Cretaiole's Oil is wonderful).

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We spent a good part of the week just driving around this gorgeous area of Tuscany. Often we would pack a lunch or snack and just find a place where would could admire the view.

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We loved wondering the streets of Pienza, where there were some great restaurants and absolutely the best fresh pecorino cheese we have ever tasted. Though there were a lot of tourists during the day, it was easy to have coffee with locals in the early morning hours (before 10) and wine in the evening (after 6 or so). The view of Val D'Orcia from behind the Church was spectacular.

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We enjoyed great meals at Latte di Luna and Trattatoria di Fiorella in Pienza. Of course the details of those meals are in my missing journal. I remember the food and service being wonderful. Both were very moderately priced. I do remember that the roast pork at Latte di Luna was highly recommended by Isabella and it was really fabulous.

One day during this week we went to Sant' Antimo to listen to the Gregorian Chants and wander around the beautiful grounds. I especially loved the field of Lavender

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Bagno Vignoni was another small town that we enjoyed. I'll leave that for another post!


Comments (8)

Jane:

Sheri, I love looking at your pictures of our most favorite part of the world. It brings back so much longing and desire to be. This area seeps into the soul and never leaves!

tourmama:

Sheri - again, thanks for sharing. I just sent a link to this entry to both my son and my daughter. Love your pictures, too. We will be there the same week in June as you were there on your trip. And Latte di Luna is on my list of places to eat.

sheri:

Yes Jane, the area seeps into your soul.There are so many places that I want to see in Italy, but I could not imagine going back and not visiting Val D'orcia!

Tourmama, be sure to make reservations for Latte di Luna.

I love seeing your photos! The yellowish brown hills with the hay remind me of a walk we went on in Crete when I was studying in Siena. I only spent a few hours in Pienza many years ago (took a detour by bus on the way to Montepulciano). I really need to get back to that area. So beautiful! It must have been heavenly being there for a full week! I can understand how you missed it when it Florence.

Oh, those photos are so beatiful. What amazing countryside.

Marcia:

Really lovely pictures and post; again, it is a place that I envision one day bringing our ever-growing family, so let's keep our fingers crossed for our portfolios regaining some $$$.

sheri:

Marcia, from your mouth to God's ear!

Sheri,
I love your photos! It is so wonderful to able to just drive around and stop whenever you want to soak in the fabulous views.

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