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Antonelli wines, world famous, is located in the hills of San Marco, about a half hour south-west of Assisi, Italy. We watch the vineyard people cutting and bringing grapes to the auger and wine press. Then we visit the huge fermentation tanks, cask storage rooms and the wine bottling area. Finally, working up a thirst, we partake of a wine tasting with our gracious host Filippo Antonelli (Agronomist).
Muzzi, Antica Pasticceria has been making pastry, confections and candy since 1795. World famous
for their delicious products we meet the president of the company, Lorendana Muzzi, and go behind the scenes to where they make some of there pastries. Just looking over their fantastic array of products you could inhale 500 calories. A cup of caffe', some cookies and we ready for anything.
Farchioni Winery, located on one of Italy’s abundant hill tops, is world famous for their quality products. Here we see grapes being crushed and sent to the fermentation tanks. We also see wine being drawn off and stored in wooden casks. A great behind-the-scenes experience. Later we have lunch and a wine tasting. There is no shortage of good food and good wine being provided by our host Marco Farchioni.
Overlooking the town of Assisi are two fortresses, Rocca Maggiore (Greater fortress) and Rocca Minore (Lesser fortress). Walk with us through the very well restored ruins, through tunnels and have a panoramic view atop the lookout tower. Then, travel to the sanctuary of San Damiano where Saint Claire started the order of The Poor Claires and lived there for many years until her death. A follower of Saint Francis, Claire lived her life devoted to God.
Start your tour at the Porta Nuova (New opening/door) in the town of Assisi. Visit the Cathedral of Saint Claire (Santa Clara) and the piazza. Explore the ancient temple of Minerva and the Church of Maria that was built above of the temple (Santa Maria Sopra Minerva). Then take a leisurely walk through medieval streets to the Cathedral of Saint Francis (San Francesco). End with a taxi ride out of the historic district.
View the blessing of the animals in the piazza of Saint Claire. On this day is was the horses from the surrounding towns. After the blessing and the horses leave, there is the inevitable cleanup. Travel with us as we visit an unique Salumeria (sausage shop) and see how the experts carve up the Prosciutto. Then we end our adventures at a gelato shop (gelateria) with wall murals we wouldn't see in an American ice cream shop. The gelato was excellent as well as the murals.
A unique visit with an Italian gardener and a tour of his garden. Vegetables and fruits abound on this
hill-side plot of land. Learn how to pull olives off the tree and taste the fruit from the Fici di India cactus plant.
A truly classical hill-top town with many medieval buildings and churches. Not found on the usual
tourist trail, it is filled with Italian color. The main piazza, located high on the hill provides a
great panoramic view of the town and surrounding hills. A cup of caffe' with a shot of Sambuca and we
can spend a moment absorbing a bit of Italy. Visit the Church of Saint Antonio and the Convent, now a
The "Fontana Cavallina", or translated to Fountain of Horses, is a delightful piazza of fountains and a great place for meeting people. The original fountain dating back to the 17th century, it was expanded in the mid 1800s to form a larger amphitheater in a neoclassical style. When ever in Genzano, this is a must visit place.
How did they make wine many years ago? Think you know? Well, let's take a tour of a city of ancient
wineries dating back to the 1300s. The word Palmenti means an in-ground or below ground mill which
could refer to rice, wheat or wine production. I was told that some of these were still in use ... but I doubt it. This is definitely off the usual tourist route.
Like dried peppers? Toasty fried peppers? Well, we go behind the scene at the Agriter Cooperative
which grows and processes peppers in a variety of ways. There are acres of peppers growing. We watch the processing, slicing up, and drying of the peppers. We also see how they string up the peppers for drying in the traditional manner. This is way off the tourist route ... in fact, we had trouble finding it.
The Maratea beaches offer a splendid opportunity to work on your tan. Rent an Umbrella and chair and
you are set for the day. Great views of the ocean and small islands. Oh look, behind you the hills are on fire. Scrub brush perhaps set on fire by a careless cigarette, are working their way across the hills. The hills, too steep for vehicles, they use the Canadair fire-fighting airplane. We can watch the ocean, pretty girls in bikinis or airplanes putting out fires. Pass me another beer.