Where are we?
Castrovillari is on the slopes of the Pollino. It is divided into two parts: the old town with its elegant monuments called Civita is situated at the end of a rocky spur, while the new part with its modern districts is located in a vast basin at the foot of Monte Pollino.
From the Giro site:
FOOD Maccarruni ccu firr alla paisana: fresh pastawith tomato sauce, olives, pecorino cheese and capocollo, Castruviddara kid goat: spicy kid goat with tomatoes, potatoes, Pan-fried chicory, Pitta ccu ‘i nuci: sweet pizza with nuts, Vecchiarelle: donut cakes
WINE The original vine variety is the Magliocco. Then we suggest the following wines: White and Red Verbicaro, White Savuto Terra di Ginestra, Superior Red Savuto, Portapiana, Timpamara.
Recognised in 1996 as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, Alberobello is universally renowned for its trulli: buildings that are unique in the world and represent an extraordinary example of how apparently simple structures turn out to be the most ingenious. Over time this town in the heart of the valley of Itria has experienced an extraordinary transformation from farming centre to world tourist attraction.
FOOD Taralli, extra-virgin olive oil, orecchiette, almond sweets, mozzarella and dairy.
WINE Aleatico, Primitivo, Aglianico (red), Trebbiano and Bombino (white).
Another day, another sprint stage as they head north. The word of the day is probably: transitional as in, time to head north.
— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 12, 2017
The break of the day: Dmitriy Kozontchuk, Giuseppe Fonzi.
The breakaway, composed by Dmitriy Kozontchuk and Giuseppe Fonzi has now 3'33", 70 km left #Giro100 pic.twitter.com/gBOwBT8r45— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 12, 2017
Fourteen kilometers to go and it was gruppo compatto.Yikes. That was a near accident with a marshal in the road. As they get closer, it looks like they are setting up for the expected sprint finish. Solo attack by Koren, but he would be caught quickly. A sprint indeed and a fun one to watch. By inches, Caleb Ewan!
Wine: Guttarolo Anfora Primitivo dell Colle 2014
From an importer: Cantine Cristiano Guttarolo is located outside the charming town of Gioia del Colle (Jewel of the Colle) in the former stables of an old farmhouse (masseria) constructed entirely of local stone. Situated on the Murge plateau in Puglia, about 400 meters above sea level, the winery was founded in 2004, and is certified organic by Ecocert. Natural principles are followed throughout the entire winemaking process, including the use of vegetable fertilizers in the vineyards. Primary fermentation occurs spontaneously through the use of indigenous yeasts. The wines are macerated on the skins from 14-18 days and, with the exception of the amphora wine, malolactic fermentation for the wines occurs spontaneously in the spring. Malolactic begins for the Amphora wine while the wine is still in contact with the skins. These are wines that stand in stark contrast to the ripe and often clunky examples of Primitivo di Manduria bottled on the plains to the north. These are elegant examples of Primitivo that are authentic representations each specific vintage.
Food: Taralli! An official Giro food even.
What are they? Fancy, bagel or doughnut shaped crackers. A warning: this is one of those, open the package at your own risk as you may eat them all.