I could have laid luxuriating in my bed at Villa Il Poggiale all day, however I had an important assignment that I needed to undertake involving me, an Italian, and food.
Trafalgar Tours had arranged another Be My Guest exclusive dining experience, but this time we would be helping to create the food that we would be consuming. We drove into the center of Florence, where we were joined by renowned Tuscan Chef Libero.
He then broke us up into groups and each group was given a list of ingredients that needed to be found in the fruit and vegetable market of Sant’Ambrogio. My group was intrusted to locate two special types of tomatoes for the pasta sauce.
I had an unexpected aha! moment during our market adventures. I have always loved food (I am Italian, how could I not?), however it had never occurred to me how aesthetically beautiful food is. The vibrant colors and interesting shapes of the produce inspired me. I could have spent all day in the market photographing everything I encountered, however time was of the essence and I had spotted one of the tomatoes that we needed to purchase.
And just a stall down was the other tomato on our shopping list!
We had finished our task earlier than the other groups, thus I took the extra time to wander around the nearby streets and fantasize about life as a Florentine.
I did not have a map and I had no intended destination, however my intuition told me to turn down a certain street. Imagine my surprise when I looked up to see that the street and I shared the same name!
I knew that if I could still see the familiar bright emerald green dome atop a church that I was using as a marker, than I had not strayed too far away. Thanks to the sounds of another church’s bells, I knew it was midday, and that I must find my group once again.
I spotted them and Chef Libero waiting against a spectacular graffiti-filled wall. As I was taking photos of it, I was told that it used to be a women’s prison.
Once the entire group had reconvened, we set off with our bags of ingredients to Chef Libero’s restaurant tucked away in the Tuscan hills. . .