Monday, June 27, 2011

Honeymoon Part 3: Florence TWO

My favorite day in Florence was the day we took our "Wine and Cook" class with Accidental Tourist. Chris and I, along with 6 other people were picked up at a meeting point in Florence at 9:15am and then driven up the hills of Chianti to a winery.
View from the Winery

Wine Cellar
We got a whole tour of the winery, and were shown how Olive Oil and Wine are made. After that, we had a wine and olive oil tasting!!
We tasted several different wines, ate lots of bread drizzled in olive oil and salt and had a fantastic time mingling, and talking to the others in our group.

After that, it was time for the cooking part of our day! Only one other woman stayed on for the cooking as the others had only signed up for the wine tasting. Our tour guide drove us, and Pat (the sweetest woman EVER) even further up the hill in Chianti to a quaint house with the most spectacular view.

We then proceeded to make homemade pasta from scratch in the cellar of the house. 
Chopping the spinach for our ricotta/spinach ravioli
Pat was just about the sweetest woman I had ever met.
We had a great time with her that afternoon.
Our completed Ravioli!
Now making fettuccine!
Chris taking the ravioli up to the kitchen for cooking!
When we went upstairs, the woman who lived there, Christiana, had made us asparagus frittata, bread salad, and olive tapenade bruschetta! All of which was amaaazing (Except I'm allergic to olives so I didn't have the bruschetta)

Christiana's adorable! Hanging out with her, Pat, and Jesse!
Serving us our homemade fettuccine! she served it with oil,
cherry tomatoes and a bit of chili pepper
 Then she made us dessert of homemade whipping cream with fresh strawberries:

And hand-pressed coffee with whipping cream
 This was the view from where I sat at the table....can it get any better than that?

So relaxed, happy and FULL!

Me, Christiana, and Pat

I couldn't get enough of this view!
I was very sad that our day had come to an end, but before we knew it Jesse told us it was time for him to drive us back down to Florence. I would recommend this tour to anyone going to Florence, it was totally worth it!

Link to Accidental Tourist Website


Rorie said...

Amazing. Everything looks so good and I would love some homemade ravioli right now!!

Mom said...

Wow! I've changed my life course after reading this. I'm retiring as of this minute and moving to Italy-very possibly into Christina's house! The cooking teacher in me is sooo jealous. I just have to share this tid bit with you. When excavating in Pompei from Mount Vesuvius's eruption they found pasta machines exactly like the one you used.They used pasta machines as far back as 79 AD.Pretty cool huh?

Bicoastal Bride said...

What an awesome experience! I will definitely do this if I'm back in Florence. Wine tasting and pasta? Yes, please! :)

Nicole-Lynn said...

Aw I loved that y'all cooked together and had the wine tasting.. it all looked so fun!

Bride-onicles said...

Wow that looks like a ton of fun and sooo glad you documented it all!! All that yummy!

Heather said...

What an amazing tour/day trip!! Can't wait to hear what else you did on your honeymoon!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

So neat that you were able to do that!!! I love that you really took advantage and got out there and did fun activities!! :)

Frances said...

I'm so glad I found your blog! We are in the process of planning our wedding next June and honeymooning in Italy too! Looks like you had a great time, can't wait to read more!

Tracy said...

This looks like so much fun! I went to Florence last year but we didn't get to do any of this kind of stuff. I definitely missed out!

The Vintage Modern Bride said...

looks like so much fun! i'm glad you guys did the cooking part too. everything looks so yummy!