Italy is top in the list for beautiful and interesting destinations, rich with history and boasting a proud heritage dedicated to art, culture and romance, it’s easy to become swept up in the magical atmosphere of this incredible country. It also happens to be a haven for foodies, serving up delectable traditional Italian fare that has made its way around the world In fact meeting and talking with all visitors we discovered that food tasting is one of the main reasons of the trip, and it is great for cyclist travellers as they can eat more because they burn all extra calories cycling on the hills. Pasta  Ok, so you’re probably not surprised by this one. After all, what is Italian food without pasta? But did you know that there are actually about 55 different shapes of this starchy substance, each of which fall into the categories of either long, short, filled, flavoured, baking or pasta for soup? It’s quite impressive. Some of the more famous pasta dishes served throughout Italy include Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Trenette al Pesto and Bucatini all’ Amatriciana. But when you are in a region try to taste what is really typical of that area! If you come where we live, Pienza and Orcia Valley,  the not-to-be-missed  is Pici all’aglione, is a kind of fresh spaghetti, handmade one by one, dressed with a simple fresh tomato sauce and aglione.  Literally translation is Big Garlic, is not a common garlic that you buy at market, but the rare Aglione della Valdichiana: a hot pungent garlic flavour and slightly spicy. Each year in Montepulciano local producers provide for free the seeds for cultivation continue its ancient. In our Tuscany cycling and cooking bike tour one lesson is how to make the pici pasta!

Aglione Toscano fresh pasta
Aglione Toscano
cooking lesson by cicloposse
pici cooking lesson
pici ready to be cooked
pici ready to be cooked

 

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