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... of great bankers from 13thC and sheep farmers. Medici dynasty the rulers of Tuscany showed great support for artists. Chianti full bodied red wine is grown in Tuscan region. One of famous wines produced in Tuscany. Many olive trees as well. Walking in Rome. Trevi fountain. Basilica Santa Maria. Used for Roman ...
... to relate to. There is a lot to see and some of it for the second time. Of course there is also 20th century Bologna which has less charm, but its historic centre is compact and fascinating. Another train took me to Vergato where I would meet the farm owner. The farm is 15km away from Vergato and the station. There is no TV, radio to speak of, or Internet here. The detachment from life is quite zen. The focus is on working and eating. It took me a few days to ...
... of the cheese, learned about the markings on the cheese, and tasted "new" cheese vs "old" cheese. Bought some of both, of course!! Off to the balsamic vinegar farmhouse. Since the family is very rich, they produce a small amount of vinegar as a hobby. It takes a minimum of 12 years to make real, DOP approved balsamic vinegar Di Modena. We tasted the difference between 12 year and 25 year ...
... return one day and hike to that arch.
Interestingly, Barga is known as the "most Scottish town in Italy", due to the numbers of Italians who emigrated to Scotland in the late 1800's to find work. It is said that 60% of today's residents have relatives in Scotland. In 2008 Barga became the first medieval historic centre in Italy to be mapped and equipped with 2D barcodes ...
... to buy a ticket and get on the train in 10 minutes - how's that?
The trip to Modena was a short 17 minutes and then it was walk walk walk again. What a lovely quaint town. Everyone out in the sunshine - first sun we have had in 3 days - bicycles everywhere. We had a lovely pasta lunch, bought some really expensive 12 year old balsamic vinegar and then headed back ...