Hill Towns

Our next stop, now in our trusty Fiat 500, was high in the hills of Tuscany in the town of Montepulciano. This place played host to two more of our culinary highlights. Osteria Acquacheta harks back to the Italian dinners of old when everyone sat together to eat and big long wooden tables, and we munched our way through 1.2kg of T-bone Tuscan steak. Best ever perhaps? We also tried our hand at cooking our own Italian dishes when we had a cookery class with Giorgio, whose flat we were renting in the town. We made potato gnocchi and tiramisu and then sat down to enjoy the fruits of our labour. During the day we visited Siena and San Gimignano.

On from here we stayed for two nights at Forestaría, a gorgeous farm house in the hills above Lucca converted and run by Eleanora and Marco. Our full day was spent exploring Lucca, possibly the least touristy city on out entire trip, where we climbed to the top of the tower with trees on top and cycled round the city walls (twice!) One of my happiest memories of Italy...

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