Monthly Archives: June 2015

L’ultimo giorno in Montepulciano: updated

Sandra, Ali, and I hiked down to San Biagio and around the cemeterio to the white road toward Montefollonico that we hiked two years ago. The entire loop took an hour and a half, but it would have taken much … Continue reading

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Stasera

Ali cooked a delicious feast of rabbit, my first time. Tastes like chicken, and panzanella. We invited other guests, a couple, Jim and Maureen, to join us. They are taking Italian classes at Il Sasso, and Jim showed us an … Continue reading

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Domenica nel Sant’Antimo, Pranzo in Montepulciano, una visita in S. Anna dei Camprena

Another beautiful drive through Tuscany. Again we drove through Pienza to Montalcino and then south to the Abbey of Sant’ Antimo, the Romanesque church from the 12th century where the monks still perform Mass in Latin with Gregorian chanting. One … Continue reading

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Ieri Sera

After our big adventure, we returned home exhausted and took a true Italian pausa or nap. This evening Sandra prepared the most delicious feast of pasta carbonara and an arugula salad with pears and gorgonzola. The arugula that she bought … Continue reading

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Andiamo al Monte Oliveto Maggiore e Pranzo in Trequanda

Today we drive off into the Tuscan hills to a Benedictine monastery and lunch at Conte Matto in the village of Trequanda. Caroline is en route via Amsterdam to Minneapolis to Austin. Karl is fishing in an Ansterdam canal. We … Continue reading

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Pienza e Chiusi

This morning Sandra and I went for our daily cappuccini e croissants at Poliziano and then went to Pienza with Karl, Caroline, and Richard. The church of the Assumption of Mary is so beautiful. Pienza was a backwater until a … Continue reading

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Oggi Andiamo al mercato e San Galgano

I’m reading The Wisdom of Tuscany by Ferenc Mate. It’s the third in his trilogy about living in this area. He writes: “There is something about the benevolent aspect of the Tuscan countryside that on the one hand, calms, and … Continue reading

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Montecchiello e La Foce e Poliziano

What a full day! Sandra and I walked down to Politzian for cappuccini, and then we drove to the grocery store to stock up on basics, salami, cheeses, pesto, etc. Then we walked down to San Biago, which was closed … Continue reading

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Montepulciano e Molto Bello

Our room with a view. We are not as high up as last time.   This is our terrace garden.     Sandra and I walked down to Poliziano for cappuccini e brioche al banco (at the bar is cheaper and more fun … Continue reading

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Montepulciano e Bellissimo

Montepulciano is a stone ship sailing in a sea of hills. We are so happy to have arrived and to be staying again at Politian apartments. It’s also so fun to meet up with Sandra, Kurt, Karl, and Ali. A … Continue reading

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