Monday, September 29, 2008

Spelunking in the Marche, Acquaviva and dinner at home

29 Sett.
It is once again empty and quiet here at Nascondiglio di Bacco. I let Adrian off at the train station of San Benedetto del Tronto early Saturday morning and headed for Rome. Our last days with our friends from UNISG were filled with fun and exciting travels. We took Allison and Angela with us to visit a new architect with experience designing wineries and afterward headed to the incredibly beautiful caverns known as Grotto di Frasassi. I don't think I have ever visited a cave system so beautiful and can add that attraction to the "must-sees" for our guests who stay with us long enough. The cave is enough out of the way that one needs a whole day and can add a visit to San Marino or San Leo or the capitol of verdicchio, Jesi. We then hiked up to a church built centuries ago in another grotto before heading home. Adrian then arrived and we took time for a too brief tour of Ascoli Piceno and then we visited our friends at Aurora and Le Caniette to talk about wine and wine making in the Piceno.
We will miss our buddies and it was great to see them as none had visited us here before. Allison is off to Oktoberfest in Munich and Adrian is off to Venice and then to see Coldplay in Bologna. Angela, poor thing has to go back to work in Milan.
I came back home today to Bacco and Raffa and an empty agriturismo, but that will change next weekend as we have a couple of rooms full and a sole proprietor (my turn) as Raffa is off to Alto Adige.
The pictures show the church in the wall of the mountain, Angela and Allison at the fort of Acquaviva, dinner about to be served in our dining room and the cooks and beneficiaries thereof; namely Angela and Allison and Adrian.
Have a wonderful week everyone! dds

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