Lately it has been nothing but sunny skies and record heat for all those living and visiting Florence. I must have seen at least a dozen children with gelato smeared happy faces this past week alone. So naturally, in accordance with all things in life, the goodness of fantastic weather was cut off. Italian meteorologists are notorious for being wrong about the weather, but yesterday was just bizarre!
My sympathies go out to all those who were happily enjoying Florence’s spring wine tasting event in Piazza Pitti. Gusty winds, massive rainfall, and hail started to pelt the poor unsuspecting tourists and residents trying to enjoy the fruits of the Tuscan landscape! I have to say, however, that I did attend the wine tasting on Friday, and found it to be very a enjoyable experience! There were 25 booths with various types of wine ranging from dry reds, fruity whites, and complete organic versions. I am a particular fan of prosecco, and loved the cool bubbly-ness on that rather muggy day. Better than previous fests in terms of overall price vs tasting, the spring wine fest boasted a 10 tastings for 10 euro ratio, and you got to keep the specially produced wine glass! There were also generous vineyard stalls willing to give a healthy tot of wine without stamping the card.
Our complementary wine glasses were accompanied by a hanging pocket made out of recycled material. This way all fest goers could enjoy hands free conversation, while their wine glasses were strategically nestled in the pockets. We all looked like some cult of wine glass worshipers, but for once this was one club worth participating in! I encourage all tourists that have Florence in their near futures to visit The Florentine website, and Insiders Abroad forum page for information on fun goings on during your stay!