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Cortona VI

October 9, 2011

Fresh produce at the Saturday morning market in the square.

Saturday, October 8

Back for more porchetta.

Luigi doing his thing.

Another must-have is the french-fried seafood. We got a bag of the calamari rings. Eat ’em like popcorn.

It was a beautiful day after Friday’s rain, so we walked out the northern gate (see Sunday’s post below), in search of Bramasole, the farmhouse featured in Under the Tuscan Sun.

Lo and behold, after following some directions we found on the internet, there it was.

The well-known (if you saw the romanticized movie made from the book) flower niche in the wall.

We finished the day with another home-cooked meal from our capacious larder.

After-dinner web surfing on our dining/work table.

Sunday, October 9

I slept in, but Peggy got up and went to church at the chiesa de San Francesco, down the way. The building pictured above is the church of San Cristoforo, across the lane from our front door. Our hosts tell us that there are fifteen churches in Cortona, which has a permanent population of 800, but only three priests, so most of the churches are not often used.

The northern gate in the Etruscan wall that surrounds the old city. It’s just a few yards from our door, and the white car parked on the left belongs to Patrizia.

The front door of our apartment.

Shortly after Peggy got back from church, the skies clouded up, and it got cold and windy. We canceled our planned walk after about five minutes and hid out under the covers instead.


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  1. Stuart permalink

    So, Cortona is an ancient place where you can walk to market every day, it’s beautiful, with wonderful cuisine and peaceful, (aside from the occasional turista). How do I get there?

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