Friday, April 17

A Day Trip to Tuscany ~ Sansepolcro & Anghiari

In under an hour from our farmhouse you can easily reach many lovely little villages in the oh so famous region of Tuscany - a perfect Tuscan day trip: stroll about, big lunch, caffe', walk off lunch a bit, shop, gelati & head home!

So that's just what we did.

Up & out of the house we headed over the Apennines Mountains to the medieval town of Sanselpolcro for lunch. We had no location in mind - just to wander about & see what we'd stumbled upon.

As the weekly traveling market was packing up for the day we window shopped until our bellies couldn't take it any longer & we found just the the perfect spot!

Enoteca Tirar Tardi
via San Antonio, 5 52037 Sansepolcro Arezzo, Tuscany
Tel (+39) 0575.741525
(Closed on Mondays)

The owner took the time to chat, recommend good wines & brought out a surprise spread of antipasti. Here's what we ordered - it was all so good! (And yes, we are fatties & ate it all!)

Finocchio salami (a peasant salami made with fennel to add flavor since it was originally made with the left over cuts of meat. We could never find this type of salami in our area.)
Lardo crostini (it's all in the name - lardo is just lard, warmed up & smeard on a crusty piece of bread & its delish!)
Fegatini (Chicken liver crostini flavored with vin santo - again totally different in are area)
Crostini with procini (mushrooms)
Lonzino (cured meat)
Asparagus souffle (for a lack of a better term) with cream sauce & prosciutto croccante (think the best baco's ever)
3 cheeses: cows milk covered in straw, cows milk in ash & aged pecorino with spicy tomato marmalade

(Jason with the co-owner - when we asked for the photo he ran to get the most beautiful bottle of wine to show in the pic!)

Ravioli con patate, pinoli, prosciutto croccante e parmeggiano (Ravioli stuffed with potato, pine nuts & parmesan, topped with crunchy pieces of prosciutto)
Parppardelle della casa with guanciale (Wide noodles with cured pig's cheek)

After all that food & wine - time to walk off lunch - so we headed back to the car & made our way to Anghiari (our 1st visit to this wonderful sleepy town!)

(I thought this statue was great, it is inscribed ~ O Roma O Morte - Or Rome Or Death)

A little shout-out to our good friend Harold for this fantastic recommendation!
What a lovely hill top town with its 13th century walls! Wander the streets, get lost under the arches & climb up the stacked levels - it's a labryinth of a town, a photo op around every corner! I can’t wait to go back for a longer visit next time.

We then hit the road for Arezzo, checked out out-of-this-world antiques & headed home - I must say I prefer tiny towns jam packed with character like Anghiari over the big wide streets & name brand shops of Arezzo.

But see - it's do-able - a day trip to 3 Tuscan towns in one day!
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