We continued our week of family site-seeing with a walking tour of our “hometown” Florence and then a drive to the tiny town of Agello, Italy, where Terri once lived with the kids. The weather didn’t really cooperate, so we decided to seek refuge in Montalcino, where we enjoyed some Brunello wine tasting. We capped off the week by heading to the Venice Biennale once again (see here for last year’s Biennale for architecture), but this time we took in the art exhibition. We had a wonderful time seeing Italy together. It was Terri and Daisy’s first time back to Italy in over 30 years, and Ruby’s first time ever!
Every February, Italy hosts several festivals for Carnevale, the second largest being in Viareggio, on the western cost (just north of Pisa.) We were graciously invited by Lou and Karin Frketic (OSC ’10 in Bologna) to check out the festivities, along with Paul Rogers (OSC ’11 in Lyon) and two other friends, Alexis and Mike. Because the big parade for Carnevale didn’t kick-off until Sunday afternoon, we decided to meet in Montalcino, a small Tuscan city known worldwide for its Brunello wine. While waiting on the others to arrive, Bobby and I also visited Grosseto, another southern Tuscan town and the Maremma Natural Park nearby…. [Read More]