Friday, June 06, 2008

The Tuscan Man, Dario Castagno





    Meet another Dario, the writer. Maybe you have read some of his books or have even had the pleasure of meeting  or spending time with him when he was conducting tours in Tuscany. Dario recently toured the U.S. last spring promoting his book, Too Much Tuscan Sun.  I was able to catch up with him a few weeks ago in Tuscany where we shared an incredible lunch at the Relais  Borgo Scopeto and attended a brief, but very captivating history session learning about the famous Palio, held twice a year in Siena.
 Dario is a proud member of Siena's Caterpillar contrada, which actually won the Palio in 2003. Although Dario does not actually ride bareback around the Campo, his spirit and sense of community is overwhelming. He is truly "The Tuscan Man." 

9 comments:

K & S said...

what a beautiful place to meet up!

Christine said...

I'm so jealous!

Jann said...

K&S~ this is a beautiful piece of property. I wish I had the space to show more of the grounds and the meal we ate.

K & S said...

I can only imagine :) thanks for sharing a snippet!

Jann said...

Christine~ So good to hear from you! Dario was out in your neck of the woods not too long ago. I think he is more famous in the Italian world than the French sector of the bloggers. Very nice young man, nevertheless!I took my group of ladies with me on the tour I just completed in Tuscany.They all were required to read the book before leaving the states and then I surprised them with this afternoon meeting.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I remember the day I was in Siena - It was SO hot. I wasn't sure how the horses could every survive such heat.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

That is an amazing thing the horses and the Campo! Beautiful place. Must have been a wow of a lunch!

frenchkitcheninamerican said...

I am jealous, too!!!

Diane said...

This was great fun~