A trip to Tuscany

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What do you think of when you hear the word Tuscany? How about sun-drenched rolling hills and ancient farmland of northern Italy, vineyards and fine wine, dining on fragrant pasta with rich marinara sauce and plump olives?

That’s what I had in mind when I had an opportunity to travel through a region called Marche, which is adjacent to Tuscany: magically beautiful and even less traveled than its more well-known cousins. It’s perfect walking country, so that’s exactly how I decided to explore the area. I set off before 8AM, and before long I was wandering through fantastic farmland. The air was rich with summer crops, the day was already warming up, and as I left town, the rolling fields of Marche filled up with sunflowers, their golden heads against the clear blue sky.

For lunch that day, I ended up trying a fantastic meal of chicken, mushrooms and pasta in a small farmhouse cafe, on a hill overlooking a twelfth-century church in a field of sunflowers. It was an unforgettable day, and now I think of it every time I make Tuscan Garlic Chicken and Mushrooms.

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