08.11.2008 - 08.11.2008 15 °C
Saturday we spent exploring the area around the Tolls' house in Moiano, including the towns of Castiglione del Lago and Panicale.
In the morning, we walked about a mile up their gravel road through the olive groves to the Le Balze olive oil operation -- all local, all organic, etc., etc. We asked the first workman we found if we could see the the production, and he found the owner for us. After finishing up some office work, he gave us a personal tour of the oleificio, including a taste of the oil as it was pressed, and 3 liters of it to take home [note: 3L of olive oil is heavy].
Castiglione del Lago, built opposite the side of the lake where Hannibal trapped and massacred the Roman army, is a well-preserved medieval hill town. The castle is open to the public, and you can walk around the ramparts and enjoy the views over Umbria and Tuscany.
Over the lake:
I'm in the way:
Over the town:
We stopped after the trip in Panicale for a coffee and a nice view over the surrounding countryside. Here's Colleen on the way into the piazza:
The coffee was good, but we were tired, so we headed home to rest up for our last day, in Rome.