Truffle Hunting in San Giovanni d’Asso

Day 4:

We start today on a shuttle to the 14th century Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore which is still inhabited by Benedictine monks.

We explore the monastery which was founded in 1313 by a group of Sienese (a native or inhabitant of the Italian city of Siena) merchants attempting to escape the temptations of city life. We gaze at the cloisters to see some of the best Signorelli frescoes in Europe, considered masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance for their lifelike figures and use of perspective.

We then hike to San Giovanni d’Asso. We stop at Chiusure along the way to view the dramatic views of the abbey and the crete senesi (chalk hills) of Siena. Once we arrive, we learn more about the elusive – and coveted – truffle from a local tartufaio (truffle hunter) and savor a multi-course, truffle-themed lunch. Buon Appetito!

Then back into the van to check into our hotel Alberge de Terme, in Bagno Vignoni and the rest of the afternoon on our own.

Tonights our festive dinner includes the usual cured meats, bruschetta, and dskad followed by the secondi dish od rich bistecca alla Fiorentina (T-Bone steak grilled rare over charcoal, lightly salted with olive oil drizzled over the top). Served with cannellini beans.

Hiking options today: Chiusure Route: 3.3 miles; San Giovanni d’Asso Route: 4.3 miles; Castel Verdelli Route: 9.1 miles

Love and Light,

Jeanine On the Scene

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