When we arrived on Friday we were welcomed by the owner with big glasses of wine, a small tour of where we'd be staying, and where the class, dinner, and wine tasting would be. About an hour later we met the owner and his cousin in the kitchen. Another glass of wine in hand we learned to make dishes such as ragu (meat sauce), saffron risotto, lasagna, steak with green peppercorns and sauce, ribolitto (a typical Tuscan dish made with vegetables and bread), and crepes. All of these dishes were then brought out for us to eat while we tried eight more wines. We thought we were going to burst from all of the food! This was such an amazing experience that we'll remember and treasure forever.
|Outside of our room|
|Our dining/wine tasting area|
|View from Volterra.|
|Inside the Archeological Park|
|Inside the park.|
|Enjoying the nice view. That's our jetta!|
|The entrance to the winery.|
|Lounging with some wine.|
|Yep, that's me.|
|And there's Jon!|
The streets of Via del Duomo and Corso Cavour are perfect for strolling and shopping. We hopped into a shop where a local craftsman specializes in olive wood. The pieces were beautiful, some decorative and others meant for use around the house. We bought two fish trivets and a small cutting board. We also stopped in a wine shop and bought half a case of delicious Umbrian wine.
The restaurant we ate lunch in was spectacular. We said to each other as we walked in, "No more wine"! But as soon as we sat down we couldn't pass up some good Umbrian wine, so we ordered a bottle. We had the typical mixed appetizer, where many plates continuously came out consisting of different meats, cheeses, fig spreads, white bean salad, and different kinds of bruschetta. A general pasta dish with a boar tomato sauce came out for our meal. Yum!
After lunch we made our way to the Duomo. We had heard that the Duomo was something we needed to see, but we were so surprised at the architectural masterpiece we found ourselves looking at! We had just been strolling down these medieval streets and all of a sudden we were face to face with the astounding facade of this building. It was a mass of mosaics, stained glass, and sculptures. The side of the Duomo is made of white and black horizontal stripes which very much reminded us of the style of the Duomo in Florence. We found out later that it was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio who was the architect of the cathedral in Florence, so there you go!
There are other things to do in Orvieto that we didn't get to because we had to make the drive home to pick up our fur child, Maya. In no particular order these include the underground city of Orvieto, the archeological museum, St. Patrick's well (Pozzo di S. Patrizio), and whatever else we discover along the way.
All in all we made out pretty well buying a total of 36 bottles of wine to take home, receiving two others on the house, drinking a total of seven bottles in less than two days, and buying a few bottles of balsamic vinegar, spices, and white truffle oil. We may have to test our Italian cooking skills now!