Saturday night is blog night…

…the wifi is working at Villa Il Trebbio (at least for now).  The owners are sending their “tech guy” over on Mother’s Day morning tomorrow early (yes, their is a “Mama’s Day” here in Italy, too).  We leave early tomorrow to visit Orvieto, another hill town with a gorgeous Duomo.  Lunch at the Zeppelin Ristorante, which has been recommended by several people who are on this blog list. Keep those suggestions coming.

Katia, the owner’s recommended cook, is coming Sunday night to cook here at the Villa.

Today, we drove to near Pienza to a Cheese Farm (Podere il Casale) arranged by a local tour guide, Claudia Cesarino of Cortona.  She has also fixed some dinner reservations for us and we hope to meet her in Cortona this week.  The people who own the farm are superb hosts – Sandra and Ulyssa.  They are Swiss originally and involved in the music business until they came here 25 years ago to become farmers.  They are good ones now and have a restaurant, too, on a fantastic hillside overlooking very high Monte Amiato (where you can ski in the winter).  This whole valley between Pienza and Montichiello is farmland for centuries.  We will be back here on Wednesday to tour La Foce, which originally had 3,000+ acres all farmed as one feudal unit.  (There’s a great diary, writen by Iris Origo, the Marchesa, of her time during the war.  War in Val D’Orcia...we recommend it as great historical writing.

Here is our group’s photo and the valley beyond.


L to R:  Amy Roach, Cindy & Tim Roach, Michael Brock, Chip, Nancy, Butch & Louise Stafford.

Backing up a bit to last night (Friday) in Cortona, another hill town about 10 miles from the Villa, we posed on a steep-stepped street for a group shot before dinner – where we were surprised by the Santa Margharita celebration.  I can’t figure out how to send my 10 second rendition of the 20 person drummers band…they played and accompanied a march of period-dressed figures from all four Quarters of Cortona city.

IMG_4894Same players.

We are all recovering nicely from that overnight flight.from Philadelphia.  One good night’s sleep seems to do the trick.  It is 10:15PM and “the kids” are still talking downstairs.  Nancy is ready for bed and just asked me to set an alarm for 7AM, so we can get breakfast ready and leave by 9AM for Orvieto.

Now that we seem to be able to transmit, I will try to arrange the photos from our Podere il Casale day today and show you the sites, the sheep, the cheese, the lunch and the owners, who were an intimate part of our experience.

I did catch two typos from earlier – I corrected the Santa Margharita one already, but the Rome Airport is Fumicino….the place with the fire from our first post….the “Nero” one.

Bona Sera.  Until tomorrow.  Happy Mother’s Day all of you Moms.  Molto Bene.


Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.

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