On this blog I probably often give the impression that wine and food is constantly on our mind, and admittedly it usually is our primary of activity. But we also love simply to travel and discover places, and of course that also means to get a sort of "feel" for the region by simply drinking and eating it whilst travelling.
This past weekend we decided to head South in Tuscany and across the "border" to Lazio to discover the lands of the ex vulcano Monte Amiata, also Tuscany's third highest mountain.
The trip went through the early spring of picturesque Val d'Orcia valley between Montepulciano and Montalcino and onwards until the road leads up to the snowy top. The top is covered by beautiful beech and chestnut trees, and there are even a few slopes for skiers. Monte Amiata is the Northernmost of a many Italian volcanos and last erupted around 170.000 years ago, but still fuels a good amount of thermal springs around it.
Soil's volcanic around it and hence quite a few historic villages scattered in the foothills have been partly or entirely built with the tufo stone.
A decadent Porcini soup...
Bagni San Filippo
White wine from Montefiascone, just South of volcanic lake Bolsena - enjoyed on the terrace of a nice slow food restaurant.
View of lake Bolsena from the top of village Montefiascone
Signs of spring in Montefiascone
Parco dei Mostri - the 16th century grotesque monster park
A rare picture of Pierre and I taken by our 5 yr old son, Julian.