|olive trees (left) and vineyard (right) on our drive northeast into the Dolemites|
When we went to Italy in May, I saw olive trees and grapevines everywhere. Along the side of the road and in every yard. I kid you not! It was absolutely amazing. I had forgotten how popular olives were in the Mediterranean Basin. Fresh olives were sold in bags at the grocery store. They were delicious - way better than canned. And we ate them at every meal (also wine!)
|olive tray from Siena|
During half of our trip, we took day trips to neighboring cities from our homebase, on the border of Tuscany and Umbria. I bought this little olive tray when we went in Siena. It was neat to see all the artists, handpainting pottery when we were there. In more than one shop. I should have bought a larger tray, since I love to eat olives...
|terraced olive trees|
Here is a view of our modern villa, where we stay for about five days. Note the olive trees on the slope, in front of the house.
|overlooking the valley from Cortona|
You might have seen this photo before; it's a view from Cortona, one of my favorite cities, overlooking the valley. Those are olive trees in the foreground on the right and an olive orchard behind the monastery.
Hope you enjoyed another AlphabeThursday tour through Italy. You can visit other blogs and see what Letter O word they chose, at the link party on Ms. Jenny's blog, ...off on my tangent...