Our final Trafalgar Tours Be My Guest lunch at Fattoria di Maiano was truly an experience that I will never forget and without a doubt my favorite of the trip. If you have been following my European adventures, then you know that is a bold claim, as the previous Be My Guest lunches were extraordinary! Prior to our meal, we had a quick tour of the olive oil factory on the property.
There are nearly 20,000 olive trees throughout the completely organic agricultural estate. The Frantoio and Moraiolo olives are picked by hand during the months of November and December and then pressed in the mill. The finished product is Laudemio, a premium extra virgin oil with a high nutritional value and a taste that leaves you wanting more.
Lunch was served at Lo Spaccio, the estate’s restaurant, which also has an attached gift shop, where you can purchase the Laudemio along with other olive oil products such as soap and lotion, as well as a delicatessen that offers typical Italian products such as cheese, meat, and wine.
Besides the fact that the restaurant contained cosy rooms filled with charming furniture and crackling fireplaces, the panoramic views from the windows would make any meal taste sensational.
I could not wait to drown my pasta and bread in the Laudemio while looking out onto the Tuscan countryside.
I do apologize deeply for not taking any pictures of one of the many outstanding courses that we enjoyed, however I was too consumed by the greatness of the moment to capture it on film. Before leaving though, I took one last, longing look out the window and made sure to count my blessings, which were abundant.
Now it was time to travel south to the ‘Eternal City’. . .