What a fantastic day in Greve in Chianti! We were so scared that it was going to rain and so delighted when it turned out being a beautiful all day long! We were staying outside of Florence, so this was a really nice way to see a lot of the area in one day. Some of the cycling was tough for our crew as we had all ages, but it felt great to work heard from some the amazing views we encountered. We rode through the town, along the highways, up hills, through the vineyards, and on gravel. ALL OVER!
Marco Antonio has a vast knowledge of the area and could answer any questions we had about the vineyards and history of the area. Sometimes our crew had difficulty understanding him, but it's hard to gather around close when you're on bicycles. After we spent the first part of the day cruising, we went back to his home, which is located on a stream and ate lunch. His house is wonderful. His wife cooked a delicious, traditional Italian meal. They asked, in advance, about any food restrictions. We had a vegetarian in the group and she perfectly catered to that person without depriving the rest of the group.
We enjoyed lingering in his garden -- a little respite for our journey going from place. We hopped back on our bikes and enjoyed more of the Italian countryside. We all joked that we might not have eaten so much...and drank that additional glass of wine had we been thinking about the hard work ahead. We ended with walking to a little shop for a wine and salumi tasting. We were supposed to have the tasting earlier, but we were running late so we were able to reschedule. This tasting was also a delight. We sat outside while the animated owner told us about each wine and meat -- this was another reward for hard work. We also found some great things to bring home for family and friends in the shop.
All together, a fantastic day!!
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