April 5, 2022
The next morning, we got back on the coach bus for about 1.5 hours to a small, medieval town near Tuscany called San Gimignano. We were given a few hours of free time to explore San Gimignano. We saw many great views, got lost in the medieval alleys, popped into many small stores, and tasted the “World’s Best Gelato as of 2016-2017.” We then drove 15 minutes further to a Tuscan farm called Fattoria Poggio Alloro. We got a tour around the farm, seeing the cows, how their wine is made, and ended with an authentic Tuscan farm meal. The entire meal was made with ingredients from their farm. From the bruschetta, to the pasta, to the cheese and meat plates, to the chocolate mousse, it was all so fresh, delicious, and filling. We stopped by their store before leaving to bring back incomparable pasta, wine (for families), and olive oil to the states. After driving back to Florence, we went to an authentic Italian leather store, Misuri. We were given all the details about their leather goods and were given the chance to shop all around the store, and many people bought high quality leather goods. Later that evening, we were given some free time to explore the city of Florence a little further. Many of us ended up getting dinner at an Italian market, where they had all different kinds of restaurants and foods to choose from. I ended up getting a Lampredotto sandwich, which is a traditional street food found in Florence––it was really delicious! I ended the night perfectly with an authentic Italian cannoli.