It is the air that I breathe. During these times, many people may never again take for granted their freedom of being outdoors and enjoying wide open spaces. Heading out on a road trip to enjoy a mythological park located North of Rome to visit an Etruscan burial site, a cultural winery, ancient towns, and a wine road to absorb the summer sun.
One stop along the Etruscan Wine Road is Parco dei Monstri. The Park of Monsters is an 16th c. mythological grand scale sculpture garden. Story has it that when the Prince Pier Francesco returned home from war he was physically injured and emotionally damaged. The prince was held for ramson, watched his war buddy killed, and his wife died. The heartbroken Aristocract hired architect Pirro Ligorio to express his grief and imagination.
There is a table inside the monster’s mouth to have a quick & small picnic for fun.
Under the Etruscan Sun
On our way to visit the Etruscan burial site along the Strada dei Vini Etrusco – Romana, we visited Necropoli Etrusca di Cervteri along the Mediterranean Basin as it holds one of their main burial areas. Museums give visualizations of the Etruscans interior lives.
If it grows together, it goes together - Orvieto Classico white wines paired with light summer foods. A farm-to-table concept, the artisan chefs pick their daily fresh herbs and offer expert pairings. Many locals escape the summer heat and enjoy the cooler cellar temperatures of the Orvieto Underground.
A wine with a view. Sigmund Freud, while in Orvieto, enjoyed this view back in 1897. A few times, the father of psychoanalysis traveled through this area to analyze the Cathedral frescoes.
Pozzo di san Patrizio. Hubby walked all the way to the bottom into Saint Patrick's Well and back up.
The locals, gathering around the piazza, watching the World Cup finals
One of my favorite wineries on the Etruscan Wine Road is Le lase
Next stop on our road trip is Maremma, hills that is..home of Super Tuscans along the Strada del Vino e dei Sapori Colli di Maremma.
The Delong 100 Grape Varietal Challenge encourages all wine enjoyers to expand their wine drinking horizon by seeking out unusual grape varieties. These past few years, I have tasted over 180 grape varieties. After all, there are over thousands of grape varieties world wide. With so many wine grapes, styles of wine, and wineries to explore, wine is an educational adventure. So grab your virtual passport and come along with me on a Grape EdVenture™ around the world.