Chianti...or Chiant-me

Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
Trip End Dec 14, 2012

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Via Ghibellina, 98

Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday morning started off with my immigration appointment at 8am. At 8am, no one in Florence is awake. So, I stumbled off to the immigration office, and, miracle of miracles, the process took less than 5 minutes! I am officially on my way to becoming a legal resident of Italy!!

On Saturday, we headed off to our wine tasting day trip in the small town of Nipozzano. The trip was lovely to begin with, because we did not have to wake up super early. We went to Chianti, which was about a 40 minute bus ride. There we went to a winery located in a castle that was build in 1000. Originally, it was built as a fortress. When the Friscobaldi family took it over, they bought all the surrounding land and a few other estates. They have been living there and making wine for over 700 years and 30 generations. They also briefly mentioned that they were one of the only wineries supplying wine to Henry VIII and his wives (they did not mention which wives, or whether they kept their heads afterwards).

Apparently NYU is very good friends with them, so we got a special tour into the castle itself, and the private villa of the family. The family uses it for entertaining their various guests, and displays pictures of them with US presidents, and their invitation to Prince Williams wedding. We then got to taste three of their wines. In Italy, the word "taste" is used loosely... Here, it involved three full glasses of wine. They also make their own olive oil and salami, so we had those together with tuscan bread, and different types of cheeses. Their reserve red wine is the only red wine I have ever enjoyed. Of course, knowing me, it also happens to be voted one of the best red wines in the world. 

Sunday morning, we stumbled out of bed and went to the 5K! Florence does this huge 5K, and everyone in the city participates. It supports breast cancer, and there are so many people wearing the same shirt it completely fills the Piazza del Duomo. The path went around the city, across the Arno, into the Pallazo Pitti and through the Boboli Gardens. Then we crossed the river to go back, and entered Piazza Signoria where we crossed the finish line! At which point I won. Just kidding. But at least I didn't lose!

On Wednesday, I went to a lecture at school about the Electoral College. It was really interesting, and basically I learned that the American electoral system is ridiculous. Hilarious, but also ridiculous. 

Stay tuned for next weeks super special post about my adventures in Paris this weekend!

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