We did a lot of traveling today and did 3 different things.
Learning How to Make Ravioli at Badia a Coltinuono, a winery and restaurant near Chiante:
The finished product in the left trays.
Step 1: Roll out the dough.
Step 2: cut circles from the dough.
Step 3: Place the mixture of spinach, cheese and herbs on the dough circle.
Step 4: Moisten the edge of the circle and fold over pressing the sides together so the ingredients won’t come out when cooked in boiling water.
While the raviolis were boiling I went outside to photograph the garden:
The winery garden has a long linear arbor covered with grape vines.
Many of the vegetables and herbs used in cooking at the restaurant are grown here.
Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’
Rosa banksiae ‘Alba Plena’
Golden Chain Tree (Laburnum watereri)
Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala petiolaris)
Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)
Me (Barry) standing by an old Olive
Tour of the winery:
While we were waiting for lunch, John Barker, one of our fellow travelers, entertained us at the piano.
We visited a rose garden (Roseto of Cavriglia) where there are 7000 varieties which are organized taxonomically. It is a living museum of roses.
Etruscan Museum (Museo Archeologico in Chiancano)
This museum opened my eyes to a civilization that I knew nothing about. It existed in Italy from 800 BC through the Roman times. The artifacts show that the people of this culture were very intelligent and prosperous until the Romans took them over.