Day 3 - Lucca e Colle Verde

Trip Start Feb 28, 2008
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Trip End Mar 11, 2008


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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Today we joined the group for a day trip to Lucca and Colle Verde. Lucca is a quaint city surrounded by a medieval stone wall. It is historical because the first triumvirate was signed there by Caesar and others. We spent a couple of hours walking around the city and the wall. There was once a amphitheater (coliseum) in Lucca that is now an elliptical piazza surrounded by cafes, shops and homes.  The arches of the original amphitheater can still be seen in the sides of the buildings. 

Colle Verde is a Tuscan farm that produces wine and olive oil. Colle Verde is by far our favorite so far. It's everything one would imagine the Tuscan countryside to be. Alessandra, our hostess for the afternoon, explained the intricacies of olive oil and wine production. Following her tour, we sampled Colle Verde's wine and olive oil with a most fantastic lunch on the farm grounds. During lunch we also got to experience our first bit of Italian music as David performed two Italian opera selections.  He was FANTASTICO!

Tonight we're hitting a little trattoria Il Vicolo, which has recieved rave reviews from the other tour members.

Tomorrow we're off to Chianti for more wine and walking!

Mandie and Holly R. -- Here is your gatto picture for the day. :o)

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jennlynn
jennlynn on

Ok, we're jealous!
So glad to see you arrived safely and you're having a fabulous time. Please keep sending pics and blogs...even though your co-workers are extremely jealous! ;-)

maryhiggins
maryhiggins on

I feel like I am there!
I like this travel blog; makes me feel like I am there with you. The pictures are great and I am envious of the wonderful food you are eating. Sounds like you are having a great time - thanks for keeping us posted.

paulakaye
paulakaye on

Wow !!
You girls look like you're having a blast !! What a cool adventure !! I love the wine and olive oil tasting part, and I bet the food was glorious !! Thanks so much for taking me along on your wonderful journey......I feel like I'm getting the grand tour too ! The amazing history must make the cities come alive for you, and the Italian people seem like fun!! I think I'd like the wine part the best !! tee hee !! Keep on having a fabulous time!! 'cause I'm doing a lot of vicarious living here !!

skykingbna
skykingbna on

Gaining weight for you
Okay, I think I'm gaining weight just reading about all the fabulous food! So glad you're having a wonderful time and THANKS for sharing the fabulous photos. Keep those GATTO OF THE DAY photos coming. :-) Tracy

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