A Sunday in the Casentino Valley

Waking up to snow on the hills surrounding the valley.

The streets in the valley gleaming like silver from the precipitation during the night, which included rain, hail, and snow.

A road trip to Castello di Castel San Nicolò, a hamlet above Strada, from which there are beautiful views.

Turning from the views to the streets (both of them) of the hamlet.

On our way out of town, looking down at the Fiume Solano, rushing from the rain.

Finishing up in Stia, on a gorgeous sunny afternoon, to take in the wine and olive oil festival.

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Consuma Pass clouds

Driving over the Consuma Pass (that’s one of my favorite phrases these days) into the Casentino Valley this morning, I gasped when I saw this spectacular cloud-scape and immediately found a place to pull off the road. Don’t the lower clouds look like waves cresting or water boiling up between the hills?

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Olio nuovo

One of the highlights of the year in Italy is when the new olive oil arrives in stores. This oil is from one of my favorite places in the area of Porciano – Toscana Twist.  This is where we go to buy wine and breadsticks, taking our own empty bottles to be filled with wine from casks.

Added to the pleasure of buying new olive oil today, the owner of the store offered us an aperitif and joined us. We had one of those conversations in two languages that are so oddly satisfying (although I look forward to the day I can participate in Italian).

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Autumn afternoon

Images from a walk above Porciano (in the Casentino Valley). It was a perfect autumn afternoon – blue sky, sunshine, warm but not hot. As is common here, the cloud formations were beautiful.

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