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Roasted Beet Salad


  • 3 Large Beets, peeled, scrubbed with ends cut off
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper and salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Vermont Maple Syrup
  • 5 tbsps fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh, minced parsley
  • 8 scallions, sliced
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups mesclun (radicchio, watercress, spinach, arugula)
  • 6-8 tbsp sliced, fresh goat cheese

Cooking Directions

  1. Slice beets and arrange in a large glass baking dish. Coat with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. In a preheated 350˚ oven, roast the beets for 45 minutes or until tender. Remove from the oven to cool. Then further slice the beets and set aside.
  2. While beets are cooking, whisk together the maple syrup, lemon juice, oil, parsley, scallions and salt in a medium bowl for the dressing and set aside.
  3. Once the beets have cooled, toss them with mesclun and dressing, top with the fresh goat cheese and serve. Note: For an added garnish add 1/4 cup of chopped pecans.

Il Palio

Siena travel, siena vacation, il palio, tuscany vacationThe Anticipation is mounting in Siena as Il Palio kicks off on July 2nd with Palio di Provenzano, the first of two historic, and fervidly celebrated horse races.

A time honored tradition, Il Palio dates back to the 17th Century, when each of the 17 Contrade, or districts of Siena, were in fierce economic and social competition with one another.  Today, though the official function of the Contrada has diminished, each neighborhood remains a closely-knit community, and naturally they are proudly represented and devotedly supported in the historic race around Siena’s main square, Piazza del Campo.  Adorned in the customary colors of their respective Contrade, the riders frantically circle the Piazza three times before a winner is ultimately declared.  The victor’s Contrada is awarded Il Palio, a banner that serves as a trophy, and a jubilant celebration ensues.

Tuscany vacation, Tuscany Travel, Il Palio

The next leg of Il Palio, Palio dell’Assunta will take place on August 16.  Though each actual race lasts less than two minutes, the ceremony, and the spectacle that accompanies Il Palio makes the entire summer a wonderful time to take in the old-world splendor of one of Italy’s most impressive medieval cities.  Visit in July to cheer on Il Bruco (Caterpillar), La Lupa (She-Wolf), or Il Montone (Ram) and experience the wonder of Siena for yourself as part of Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike vacation.






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