|David, 500 year old hunk|
Initially, I’d signed up for a tour that took its participants into the countryside where we’d tour a winery and make ‘afternoon snacks’ called ‘marende’. Now I lived in Italy and have gone there several times afterwards and I have never had nor heard of marende. Could this be some Italian cultural shift? Were the Italians now following America’s lead, and its enormous weight gain, by snacking away between meals? Should I take this tour if only to discover this lamentable development? Hell no, I thought. Not when the alternative was an all-day trip to the Renaissance Capital of Culture, Art, Sculpture, Architecture and beauty, the jewel of Tuscany, Firenze. So I cancelled my afternoon snack tour and signed up for Viking’s Art and Architecture itinerary.