Now that both tours are over, Roz and I have extended our stay. We rented a car at the Bologna airport and drove down to Vasto in the Abruzzo area to meet my nephew’s in-laws. We were close to the border with Molise, a wine region which I had never visited. I’ll have a report on the Post Tour: Wine blog.
Then we drove up to Fano where we stayed at a seaside hotel and visited
relatives. One evening we had dinner in the little village (70 people) of Stacciola where my maternal grandparents were born, and where my son-in-law proposed to my daughter in 2006. Our cousin prepared a meal of homemade tagliatelli, ravioli and rabbit and free range chicken.
The next evening Roz and I hosted a dinner for 25 relatives at Da Rolando in the charming Marche town of San Costanza. We always make an effort to stay in contact with our relatives and this was a wonderful way to be together with the old generation (90 years old) and the young generation (9 years old.)
On our way up further north we stopped at two outstanding wineries in Romagna which will be detailed in my Post Tour: Wine blog. Our hotel for 3 nights is in Milano Marittima, on the Adriatic coast which reminds me a little of Miami and Coral Gables, with the exception that here many of the hotels and attractions are closed for the Winter.
We could count on 1 hand the number of tourists we’ve seen the past week so this is a perfect area and time of year to visit.