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Cortona VII

October 13, 2011

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A sign with an ice cream cone means gelateria throughout Italy, and this is a particularly good example, at La Dolce Vita in Cortona.

Monday, October 10

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A familiar sight from our front window – tourists stopping along Via di Porta Montanina.

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Today we decided to go to Camucia to run errands – mail some things back home and add money to our phone accounts. Above, at Piazzale Garibaldi, students board the bus for Camucia. High school students from Cortona and Camucia may attend school in each others’ town depending on their career track.

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Street art in Camucia. “Evolution is just a theory that’s out there…”

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On our return to Cortona, we met up with a group of bicyclists from La Habra(!), and Peggy was invited to sit in on a group portrait.

Tuesday, October 11

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Today, realizing how little time we have left in Cortona, we tried to catch up on the local attractions. The front door to the church of San Filippo.

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The sanctuary(?), shot through the plate glass of the entrance door. San Filippo is the only church within the city wall with a cupola, or dome.

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Unfortunately, the church is so closely hemmed in by neighboring buildings that the dome can’t be seen from the street. We found a vacant lot off another street which afforded this view.

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We then went to the Duomo, the church of Santa Maria Assunta. I only recently found out that the word duomo means cathedral, not dome.

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The interior of the Duomo.

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More pictures from the cathedral.

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I had been putting off getting a haircut for too long, and finally sat down with the local barber. I was getting pretty shaggy, since my last cut was in Vienna.

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Patrizia had invited us to dinner this evening, and she laid out a beautiful spread. Also attending were Lucia and her husband Gian Luca, and Liliana.

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Wednesday, October 12

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Today, our second and last side trip, to Castiglione del Lago. Lake Trasimeno can be seen in several photos we posted earlier, and Castiglione del Lago is the largest of the towns situated on the shore of the lake. Here, the old part of the town rises up, with the dome and tower of the church of Santa Maria Maddalena prominent.

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The old part of the town is a little like Cortona, but much smaller. Local handicrafts and foodstuffs are plentiful.

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As we go from one part of Italy to another, regional preferences are evident, in foods…

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…and facilities!

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Due to its elevation above the surrounding countryside, the town was an ideal location for defense, and a medieval fort is at the end of the main street where the land juts out into the lake.

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Olives in the grove at the fort.

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The door to the church of San Domenico de Guzman. Unattended, unlabeled, and apparently unnoticed.

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The interior, small but well-maintained.

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Looking north from the old city. The light patch in the hills at the top is Cortona.

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We walked around the edge of the lake bordering the town promontory. Here, the lake town of Passignano viewed through a sculpture in a park at lakeside.

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A couple of shots from our walk.

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A rookery of waterbirds on a rock. Chiassoso (noisy)!

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The fort seen from below.

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On our way back to the station. The smoke plume in the distance is from farmers burning olive tree branches.

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The road leading from the train station. We had seen these trees from the train on our trip to Siena and I assumed that this was natural growth, but the lower branches have all been trimmed.

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Waiting for the train back to Camucia.

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