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.)
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.
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.
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.