Posts Tagged Colonnata
Every time I look at the photos of the Vespatour I feel much better!
It maybe due to spring or to the fact I’m finally riding my Vespa back again after the three weeks of the exhibition at the Iper of Grandate, but I have to say that I began thinking about the next tour.
Being able to watch the places I visited thanks to Google maps, so that I can geolocalize ogni photo, gives me a different perspective on what I’ve seen riding around Italy assisted by a GPS navigator.
The fifth gallery of the tour is now online: from Monterosso al Mare in the Cinque Terre to Marina di Massa and Colonnata, where I discovered the delicious Cioccolardini.
In the meantime the exhibition at the Iper is ended. On last daturday the commercial director gave the Vespa Club Como with a plate to celebrate the event.
Enjoy the photos… and the chocolate!
It’s incredible but even Google doesn’t know it!
If you search for the word cioccolardini, the result, at least until now, is that it suggests searching for cioccolatini (chocolates). However the Cioccolardini do exist!
I discovered them last summer during the Vespatour, my solo-tour around Italy riding a Vespa GTS, while I was visiting lard shops in Colonnata, a little tuscan town at the center of the zone of the quarry caves, renowned for its delicious lard, maturated inside tubs made of a particular type of marble.
In one of the lard shops a kind tuscan sir let me taste some lard and while I was concerned about the fact that I couldn’t take away some of it, since I couldn’t properly preserve it until I got home, I noticed the chocolates. They’re made with fondant chocolate, honey, hazel paste and that touch of lard making them a real treat.
A delicious brilliant idea, which didn’t last for long, since I eated a whole box just before leaving Colonnata while I was seating in the small square near my Vespa, parked beside a monument to Mazzini, as you can seee in the picture.
I promised myself to order some of them for relatives and friends, so what could be the best chance than Christmas to share a bit of genuine sweetness in a time which seems to have lost the magic of Christmas, that of the present given for the pleasure to give and not for convenience, habit or profit?
I ordered so many boxes to be able to make happy my dearest friends, using for some of them a Christmas card of Il Sole on which I wrote an aphorism accurately choosen for the receiver. The result has been great!
I think the people at La Marmifera, the lard shop where I discovered the Cioccolardini, will be glad for the free promotion, they earned it.
Hurrà for the Cioccolardini even Google didn’t know!