Florence is a beautiful city but what a nightmare to try and drive around. The streets go straight and change names every 50 feeet, and the name are half a mile long and make no sense whatsoever. Thank God for Chris' Garmin- we'd be in Croatia right now without it. Anyway, saw the Duomo- amazing- and stumbled on an open air market selling all kinds of things. Got a taste of Italian bartering (the drama! The eye rolling! The grasping their chest like your killing them! ) Anyway, bought a beautiful scarf before I left the city.
Arrived in Arrezo trying to kill some time begore we needed to show up at the cooking school- saw the place where they filmed the scene in "Under the Tuscan Sun" ( I throw de flag!) and then tried to find the villa for the cooking school. OMG, we drove round and round- and this is with the Garmin- finally found the road out of sheer luck and began the ascent to the school. Holy crap, a mountain goat would have a heart attack on this road! Straight up! But when we got to the top- heaven. Such a beautiful spot.
The first day here (with memories of the drive up fresh in our minds) we opted to stay here instead of venture out. Had a couples massage (heaven) then went to our first cooking class. Had a lot of fun- good group of people- and cooked a fabulous meal.
Tomorrow- wood-fired pizza (which we made the dough for today) and a trip to a winery. More cooking tomorrow afternoon. This place is heaven on earth and I'm doing my best to soak up every second.
Wish you were here!