Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Tuscany Wine Walk- Chianti
The day began with a visit to the Museum of Sacred Art and Archaeology at Asciano. The main objective was to see the altar screen depicting the Birth of the Virgin painted in 1437. The picture shows the Madonna's mother,St Anna in the right frame. The work sucessfully translates of a Biblical theme into a Tuscan setting. The figures are fresh and light with a vitality often lacking in religious old masters. We also saw many Etruscan artifacts dug from local graves.
A walk through the vineyards took us to our Chianti tasting with Sylvie and Roberto at Podere Torreno near Volpaia. We entered their ancient house via a geranium garlanded stone staircase leading into a totally authentic rustic living space dominated by the enormous fireplace. We tasted their Chianti and Chianti Classico over a splendid lunch.
Dinner in Pienza was in the Restaurant Bacchus. Good food if a little expensive.
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