On Location: Chianti

Ciao ciao! I am returning from my Italian hiatus to bring you On Location: Chianti.

Last Friday, January 12, my study abroad program took us to Chianti to go on a wine tour. My roommate and I went to Tenuta di Liliano. It was beautiful!

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From the top of Villa Medicea di Lilliano, we had a 180° view of the Tuscan country side. A guide showed us around the grounds including the wine cellar, garden and rooms that date back to when the Medici family used the villa as a country escape from Florence.
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According to the guide who works for the winery, this rooftop patio was used to enjoy the sunset, weather, dinner or a cocktail before a meal.
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This courtyard connects the servant’s quarters with the main part of the villa where the Medici family would live and stay when in the country. The courtyard was surrounded by a staircase leading to the rooftop patio. Pomegranate trees were all over too!

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Villa Medicea di Lilliano treated us to lunch as well alongside a wine tasting. The first course was a meat and cheese plate accompanied by bread with olive oil made onsite. It was incredible and after a long day there was nothing better than sitting down and relaxing with good, homemade food!

This plate was served with a light, red wine. The owner of the winery was able to come and she taught the group how to properly taste the wine. A quick crash course: hold the glass by the stem, spin the wine (its all in the wrist!), a quick smell and sip. Make sure to hold it in your mouth and really taste the flavors.

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Now, this was the star of the food show for me. The pasta was a simple sauce with tomato and onion. It was mouthwatering. Stacy (my roommate) and I had four servings each and I wish I had more.

This plate was served with a dinner wine. It was aged longer and had a slightly heavier taste to it. One of the school leaders told us, “If a red wine makes you slightly sleepy, its a good one!” After the pasta and wine, my entire table was sleepy, full and ready for a sweet treat!

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The day concluded with homemade almond biscotti and a desert wine created by Liliano. The biscotti was delicious! Stacy and I might have put a couple in our bags for the ride back to Florence.

Thank you to Villa Medicea di Lilliano! It was an absolute treat and a wonderful way to dip my toes into what Italy has to offer me while I am here. I will be back don’t worry!

Italy is everything I could have dreamed of and more. I am living my best life yet!

love, PT

P.S. I would really love the sauce recipe for the pasta! Please Villa Medicea di Lilliano!!

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