Alessandra Olanow's Ilustration of Italy

[ Posted: Aug 21, 2013 ]

Alessandra Olanow's recent trip to Italy took her to a beautiful villa in Tuscany and a short stay in Florence. Here's a little 'illustration' of her experiences.

a " What I drank:
In between the markets and the Renaissance art, I chilled out in one of the many squares with an Aperol Spritz. This drink is absolute genius. 3 parts prosseco, 2 parts Aperol, a splash of sparkling water and then garnish with an orange slice.

Then once I hit the hills of Tuscany, there so many great red wines to try. My favorite vineyards were Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona and Altesino vineyard.

b - Where I stayed:
Riva Lofts-Florence - A historic mill on Florence’s Arno river transformed by a top Italian architect into 10 trendy studios with a fantastic garden and pool. Perfect retreat after long days spent exploring the city.

Villa in Faggeto - Old cypress trees lead you up to this jaw dropping villa, surrounded by gently rolling hills.

c " Where I ate:
Trattoria Sostanza - Specialties such as the spaghetti al sugo & petti di pollo al burro (chicken breasts fried in butter) make this no frills florentine spot a local favorite

Taverna del Grappolo Blu - Friendly service, wonderful, fresh pastas (hand rolled pici to make you sigh), and a fine local wine list.

d - Where I snacked:
Moyé - Literally means “now is the time”, healthy genuine cuisine in a modern, yet friendly atmosphere
Il Santino - A perfect place for a break with friends, an aperitif, tasting different kind of cheeses, hams, biscuits, and organic wines.

e " Where I explored:
Podere il Casale " Visiting this farm is a must. They are a premier regional producer of organic foods, offering specialties such as Extra Virgin olive oil, hard wheat pasta, sauces, pestos, patès, and honey. But the highlight was the pecorino!

Alessandra Olanow's Ilustration of Italy
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