One of my favorite days in Italy was spent in the heart of the Chianti region. Led by the expert guides of Fun in Tuscany, we visited a stable and embarked on a leisurely horseback journey through a patch of Tuscan countryside. Unfortunately, I couldn't bring my hulk of a camera along for the ride so the only pictures included are from before and after the ride. Poor prior planning on my part there.
After the ride, we visited Monteriggioni, a 13th century walled city from which we got an amazing view of the Tuscan countryside and the site for our lovely lunch and wine tasting. Here I tried pici for the first time! Pici is a type of pasta native to Tuscany and reminds of a fatter form of spaghetti. It never ceases to amaze me just how fresh and flavorful food in Italy is. The salami, the porcini, the bread. Ok, I need to stop before I end up booking the next flight back. After lunch, we had our wine tasting. I'll admit I'm not that big of a red wine fan, but it was interesting learning about and sampling several varieties of Chianti wine. We even nibbled on some cantucci (almond biscuits) dunked in vin santo, a sweet and surprisingly strong dessert wine. The perfect afternoon.
Enjoy the pictures after the jump!
Shirt: Forever 21
Jacket: Fumblin Foe via Tobi
Shoes: Kurt Geiger