Saturday June 16th, Day 7 of our Italian Adventures 2007!
Once again we were up early enjoying the anticipation of the day ahead of us. Sort of like like Christmas morning! We showered had a quick bite to eat and hiked over across the Ponte Vecchio to exchange some money before we headed out to Fusi/Ravenna. After exchanging money we jumped on Bus B and rode over to where we parked the “Jag” once more. Don was anxious about driving his new found pleasure…and using “Scanducci” for directions, it was apparent that I was no longer the map reading co-pilot! My job had been replaced! We were so excited we were going to meet up with Cyndi and Danilo.
We headed out of city and got on the Autostrada headed towards Bologna. Then we turned on the A22 and headed towards Ravenna. As soon we were on this road it became apparent that we were caught up in some horrendous traffic headed to the sea and construction…… oh my goodness! We sat int he traffic of over 1.5 hours until we were able to come up on our exist. We finally arrived at Cyndi and Danilo’s a bit late, but without getting lost…”Scanducci” found us there home without any errors at all! He took us right to their front door! I rang the doorbell with great anticipation, when Cyndi appeared. We hugged and greeted each other and she invited us in. We were treated like royalty. Danilo soon appeared and I us greeted the Italian way with a kiss on both cheeks! We sat and chatted for a while and then were invited in to the kitchen to prepare a feast for us. Cyndi made a terrific antipasti with assorted meats, salami, pancetta, proscuitto, and cheeses. Along with bread, breadsticks and a local Trebbiano white wine. It was delicious. Next we enjoyed homemade tortellini with ragu a la Cyndi….delish! Next to my surprise, a birthday cake appeared for me! My new friends had managed to surprise us, especially me. The cake was absolutely out of this world. A sponge like bottom, with zabaglione and cream with a layer of fruit topping. OH my, I’m still drooling over it.
After lunch we decided to head out in the countryside in Danilo’s convertible. We headed out in the beautiful country between Fusi, Bagnacavallo and Lugo and then another hilltop village (Brisighella). The sun was bright, we had full bellies and open minds….all was right with the world! The ride was beautiful and before we knew it we visiting a new location. We also went to a WWII Cemetery in Lugo that was very touching.
We left the cemetery after a silent stroll through it and noticed the age of these young men that had perished during the war. Very sad. Then we drove to a small hilltop town of Berchismi (sp) and went to a local bar and enjoyed and snack of traditional roman flat bread and bianco frizzante. We strolled in to a local store to purchase some olive oil and to taste some chocolate made with olive oil and local salt, it was delicious. On the way back to their home we stopped at a Roman church built in the 400′s AD, how incredible just to be standing. There had been a wedding there earlier in the day. Then we made our way back into town for a gelato and to visit the town square which marks the Facist community from that was ruled during Mussolini’s time.
We retreated back to there home and around 9pm we realized how fast the day had flown by, and it was time to say our goodbyes. We both found it very difficult to leave our new friends, for they had welcomed us into their home and shared their lives with us. They had feed us traditional food and told us the history of their town. We soon realized we had made new friends that would not be forgotten. Theymade sure weknew that we were invited back to visit again. What a wonderful day new we had with them. The ride back was long and we made it back to Florence to find our usual parking place was filled for the night, so we had to park in a more expensive spot and take a taxi back to the hotel, because we had missed the last bus. The taxi ride was worth every penny we paid because we were exhausted from our day! Until the next time we see them, I will surely miss our friends Cyndi and Danilo and their gatti Roscoe (pictured) and Opus. Thank you so much for everything and your kindness!