Posted by Meghan Small, Hartstone Inn General Manager
Day one of Michael Salmon’s Foodie Adventure in Tuscany! Upon arriving by plane in Rome, the entire group met up with our driver and our tour bus departed for the town of Orvieto. This was to be a few hour side stop on the way to our Villa.
The ancient city of Orvieto sets over 1000 feet above sea level on a summit of volcanic rock. We took a funicular to reach this, the oldest part of the city. Some of us shopped, some eat, some explored historical sites and some of us did all three! The most spectacular site of all was the monumental Cathedral of Orvieto. It’s size and beauty were both breath taking. After departing Oriveto, the group headed with much anticipation to the Villa. I believe that the beautifully decorated rooms, stunning views and amazing gardens exceeded everyone’s expectations. Chef Michael had a colorful antipasto spread to greet the group. It included a local cheese board, sliced cured meats, olives, marinated vegetables, eggplant, artichokes, peppers, mushrooms, bruschetta, crostini, focaccia and eggplant parmesan. Everyone unpacked, relaxed and mingled. No evening in Italy is complete with out wine. It was abundant and plentiful! The group got to know each other and the night closed with a briefing on the next day’s itinerary.