Spending time with the locals enriches one’s experience and understanding of the country one’s travelling in. However, it’s often not possible to do this because of the lack of a common language and the time you have to spend in one location. One simple and convenient way to overcome this is to allocate some time at a home stay (specialty lodging) that serves meal, especially one that does dinner. This is particularly worthwhile to travelers of East-Asian background because of our stronger than average interest on food (look at the number of food related programs we have) and how easily we can communicate on this topic.
The Agriturismo Casalprato is one such choice we had. We spent two nights there, which gave us ample time to explore some of the scenic drives and attractions around the region.
The rooms we stayed in were spacious, clean and comfortable (though they only had queen-sized beds and not twin-sharing). We went in May and it could still get quite cold at night (at least for someone who is used to the tropic climate). The Agriturismo overlooks a valley on the west and it is a good spot for taking sunset photos.
The highlights were the two outstanding home-cooked dinners we had. We were treated to four fabulous types of home-made pasta and each one of us had his/her favourite. The grilled steak was simply one of the best I have had. There wasn’t much seasoning, no gravy and this meant the steak had to be of quality. Our host, who grilled the steak outside in the chill, had exquisite control of the flame and conjured up steak that were moist, tender and flavourful. Simply a treat that lives well in the memory.
Our hosts do not speak English and we conversed through their daughter (who speaks a little) and a local couple who stayed there also. The daughter’s grandfather, who remembers the terrible days of WWII, shared with us his recollection of those troubled times. It’s pretty easy to get a conversation going once the food was on the table and it’s like a floodgate once we had a few glasses. A great experience!
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