We are in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, known as the fruit basket of Italy. Throughout much of yesterday and all of today, we passed many fruit orchards -- apples, pears, peaches and plums. We didn't see kiwi (as far as I could tell), although Italy is the worlds's largest producer of kiwi.
But I get ahead of myself. About fifteen miles into the ride we stopped a highly recommended gelato stop. Although I don't normally eat ice cream at 10 am, this was not to be missed.
We continued on toward "the Farm," (more on that soon) and passed people harvesting peaches and pears. What a difference between the careful and deliberate process of these farmers, and the frenzied picking of tomatoes, grapes, corn, and beans that we see in California. The pear farmer came over and gave pears to two of us.