Travelling to Mugello this morning, we went truffle hunting, in search for ingredients for tonight's dinner.
We visited Cafaggiolo castle, a Medici summer home, for a tour and fancy lunch. We then travelled to the
beautiful city of Florence for a guided tour of its magnificent outdoor sculptures, Ponte Vecchio, and the
Duomo. Following a bit of free time, we went for dinner, where we received a cooking lesson and assisted in
the preparation of our meal using the truffles found that morning.
The Medicis were a family of Florentine bankers who grew to enormous wealth and, in turn, great political
influence. Cosimo il Vecchio, popular among Florentines, unofficially ruled the city and spent much of his
wealth patronising the arts. His descendants eventually came to officially rule all of Tuscany, and three
members became Pope, but the family's history is riddled with scandal, tyranny, and murder, points all
overlooked by the saintly portraits hanging on the castle walls.