Friday. Rain today and chilly. We are so fortunate to have had 2 weeks of sunny and 75. 

2015-05-22 15.53.05-2 So, no complaints from this group.

We were slow to gather at the breakfast table today…no 7-something; it was more like 9-something when the majority showed up.

No plans today.  How about another cup of coffee – or whatever – taking it slow, reading until we get hungry for lunch around 1PM or so?  OK…wouldn’t it be nice to re-visit Paula, the owner  of Pozzo Antico on a side street in Cortona again. She was so nice and her food was superb…and there must be an inside room to complement that wonderful garden piazza from Monday.  (one of our top places in Italy – Via Ghini, 14, Cortona (AR) 0575 62091 ask for Paula.)
2015-05-22 13.08.43 So, off we go with umbrellas in hand…enter through via Nazionale right through the Piazza Repubblica and down a side street to the Pozzo Antico.

we called ahead, so our table of six was ready.  Paula was in the kitchen, doing a cooking class for 4 other Americans.
we called ahead, so our table of six was ready. Paula was in the kitchen, doing a cooking class for 4 other Americans.

Another superb experience and we got to see her grandson, come to help his dad – Paula’s son and Paula’s mom was there again…she’s the “della Nonna” from the menu’s offering of a special “ragu” on home-made pasta.  So, 3 generations working here today and 4 on the premises.

After our 2nd bottle of the Chianti Classico Riserva, we had some desserts and then prepared to walk in the rain to see the Chiesa de San Francesco…up a long hill in town.

Here's Butch, climbing the tiny road up the hill to the chiesa.  Let's get inside to see the three relics on display.
Here’s Butch, climbing the tiny road up the hill to the chiesa. Let’s get inside to see the three relics on display.

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Brother Elia, a close friend of Francis brought this pillow (used for him the week he died in Assisi), his alb (cassock?) and a piece of Christ’s cross (which he received in Constantinople) as he caused the church to be built in the 13th Century.

After we rested for a couple of hours, we walked over to the main house for cocktails…and to learn more about our hosts and landlords.  What a fine invitation.

Here's the front view of the "real" Il Trebbio villa.  Maria grazia and Massimo had us over for drinks at 7PM in the afternoon...tonight.
Here’s the front view of the “real” Il Trebbio villa. Maria grazia and Massimo had us over for drinks at 7PM in the afternoon…tonight.

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (2 in college). Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

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  • A ha! Now that I can see in its entirety, I see that your dear Paola is the owner of Dolce Maria, the B&B were Dave and I stayed when in Cortona…Beautiful rooms, just next door to her trattoria, with spectacular views of the valley. This was several years ago, but I remember the charming Paola had a big, super-hairy, friendly dog named Luna…a comical name, being the dog was black.
    Ciao a presto!

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    • Queenie…we didn’t take any photos of Paola while we were there, but were filled with her zest for entertaining. She does have rooms upstairs there…only six as I remember….and she lives in the place herself. Small world stuff is great, eh? And no dog around this time.

      Ciao. Chip &Nancy

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