Siamo insieme, tutti! (“We are all together?!)

Today saw the arrival of Team Tuscany 2013. It wasn’t pretty, but by 8 p.m. we were all assembled and ready to head out for our first group dinner. Flights were delayed, luggage was similarly so, and some ended up covering a significant amount of Firenze before finding the Foresteria, our home for the next three weeks.

Orientation began with a presentation by Ani, our host and the manager of the Foreteria. We then covered some general topics before heading out for our first group dinner at Il Gatto e’ la Volpe (The Cat and the Fox), one of our favorite Florentine restaurants to accommodate a big group like ours. An enormous antipasti platter of grilled vegetables, mozzarella di buffalo, and various bruschetta began the meal. Then, three primi (penne with vodka sauce, tortellini with funghi and truffles, and riso and chicken were served up next, family style. The dinner was capped with a wonderful tiramisu.

Back home and attempts at a good night’s sleep before an early rise tomorrow!