We had amazing cheese throughout Italy, but one especially fun place was Pienza, home of pecorino cheese. We went there after wine tasting in Montepulciano and we loved it. The town is quaint, picturesque, and full of cheese. We had a lovely dinner in a courtyard, complete with a selection of pecorino cheeses as well as warm pecorino, all washed down with Nobile di Montepulciano.
On a rainy day after our Positano visit we went to Perugia for the day, Italy’s home of chocolate. We did a tour of the Perugina chocolate factory, which makes the famed Baci chocolate, among others. The town boasts cafe’s offering cioccolato caldo, hot chocolate, more like sipping chocolate. Perguia is in the Umbria region, which borders Tuscany, and is also home to the amazing tartufo, truffle. This fun truffle-focused store had our attention for quite some time. A town specializing in chocolate and truffle, we were blissful. Back in Cortona we returned to one of our favorite restaurants and the spectacular truffle cheese fondue to continue the theme.
On our visit to Chianti we stopped in at an olive oil producer, Pornanino. We were treated to a lecture on the health benefits of consuming olive oil from small producers and Matteo had me convinced in two minutes flat. Then when he grilled fresh bread and smothered it in green, fragrant olio d’oliva, I was sold.Helping us map out directions to our next stop since we got epically lost on our way to Pornanino.