Another Trip to Bella Italia – Part 1

Agriturismo Cassinazza
Courtyard of Agriturismo Cassinazza

Last year we went to the US and I didn’t write a nice travelogue about it. So this year I’ll try to do a little better for our trip to beautiful Italy. I had always wanted to go back to Tuscany after spending a week there at a conference while I was at university. So we packed our car and took off. Not quite as carefree as it sounds: we did book rooms before leaving home this time. Since Tuscany is about 900km from Karlsruhe we decided to take our time driving and stopped at a very nice agriturismo along the way.

We had a great and plentiful dinner with local products: cured meats, pasta, risotto, pork roast and a nice local red wine to accompany this feast. To finish us off we got an ice-cold Limoncello and then went to bed.

Il Duomo di Pistoia
The cathedral of Pistoia

The next day we drove down to Pistoia to look at the first of many black-and-white marbled cathedrals and have a break in a tiny cafe sitting next to other Germans who loudly talked German all the time while ignoring us. So we ate our food and drank our coffee and went on our way quickly. We didn’t meet so many other Germans as Tuscany is full of Americans.

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