Arrived in Monfalcone having successfully navigated the Trenitalia website to book train tickets, find our way around Milano Centrale Stazione, catching the FrecciaRossa (red arrow) to Venice Mestre and then the regional train to Monfalcone, which happened to be the scenic route via Gorizia and Udine. The supposed 1 and a half hour trip took a shade over 2 and a half hoursand at one stage google maps seemed to be suggesting we were in Slovenia. Anyhow, got to Monfalcone and Zia Vittoria pulled up at the station in her lime green 1980s 2-door Daihatsu, parking on an angle like Starsky and Hutch. We hightailed it through the streets back to the Collaute residence – set in a beautiful vineyard. Zia Vittoria made us most welcome and we met Husband Alfio and their son Max and daughter in-law Cinthya and grandson Luca. We had meat-stuffed green and yellow peppers for dinner and they were maginficent.
We spent the next few days wandering around Monfalcone and soaking up italian life (many espressos and cappuccinos) and having lunch at various ristorantes and always stopping on the way home for a gelato. I’ve raved on about the cheese and the cured meats a bit, but the gelato is fantastic. Not sure we have anything that comes even close in Australia. Still loving the food – especially my breakfasts which consist of formaggio, proscuitto, fresh italian bread and the sweetest grapes ever. Buonissimo!!!
Obligatory photos from Monfalcone here: