This morning we take the train, a regional one, to Arezzo, about an hour east of here. We are excited about seeing the Piero della Francesco fresco series that has been restored. We have an appointment at 11:30. We stopped by to say Hi to Aldo last night at La Pelle, where I bought my jacket. He and his wife, Sonia, had just returned from Arezzo. He showed us photos on his phone and recommended a great trattoria for lunch on a little street off Piazza Grande called Trattoria il Saraceno, after the Sarcen pirates? I’ll find out. I understood everything he said, and he spoke only in Italian. Last night we had a nice dinner at Trattoria Casalinga near Piazza Spirito Santo. Our bottle of aqua frizzante (mineral water) cost Euros 2.50. Our quarter carafe of house red? Only 2 Euros, so our water was more than our wine.
Before dinner we walked all around the Oltrarno or south bank of the Arno, which is where we are. There aren’t near as many tourists on this side of the river. There was a street we particularly liked, Via di Serragli that we want to return to this evening.
Oh, another interesting sign we read on our Torre dei Mannelli was one showing how high the Arno rose during the horrible flood of 1966. If I had been older, I would have been one of those college students who rushed to Florence to help clean the muddied art works. The little plaque draws the line at the height of the water’s rise.