Sunday, January 16, 2011

Florence and Il Poggio Winery

Florence and Il Poggio Winery
Anna Trakas (First Year), Cassy Khouri (First Year), and Amanda Orsino (First Year) 01-15-11

Another early wakeup call at 7:30 AM was tough.  Breakfast had the same choices as usual, so we ate and were on the road to Florence by 9:00.  After a short nap on the bus, we walked to Piza Della Republic  where we met our tour guide Bernardo, surely one of the most enthusiastic tour guides ever.
He took us to Brunelleschi’s Duomo, Baptistery, Giotto’s Belltower, Signoria Square, the Ponte Vecchio and The Plaza Publico. All of these building are from the Renaissance era. While we were at the Ponte Vecchio, Bernardo made it clear that he and the rest of the Florentines are grateful of the American Army for not bombing Florence.
After the two hour tour we had free time, and most of everyone went to see Michelangelo’s David in the Academy for 6.50 Euros. Then we all went our own ways to eat, shop and do whatever we desired. The shops were very nice as well as the people.
The group met at 3:45 to walk back to the bus that then took us to the Il Poggio winery. First we were given three white wines, and then three red wines.  After that we tried a Vin Santo which was a dessert wine. We also tried their olive oil and balsamic vinegar with plain bread and spiced bread. Lastly, for dessert we were given cantucci. Once everyone made their purchases we rode back to the hotel for dinner.  

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