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 Pope, whose hometown it was, spent a fortune of Vatican money to build a Renaissance cathedral, piazza, and other buildings. He also changed the name of the town to honor himself.
Sandra and I found the Friday market, and I bought tablecloth for 7 Euros. It was much smaller than the one yesterday in Montepulciano, but my tablecloth salesman was super friendly. I bought this tablecloth for 7 Euros.
We drove Caroline and Karl to the train station in Chiusi and said goodbye. They are on their way to Rome. Richard and I checked out Chiusi on the way home and stopped for lunch. It was very dead, although it seemed they are preparing for a medieval festival this weekend. The drive back, as always, was beautiful through the Tuscan hills. I love whenever I first sight Montepulciano on its hilltop in the distance, with San Biagio resting quietly beneath.
This afternoon we walked around Montepulciano and went to Richard’s favorite place: the antiquarian bookstore. Richard told Tomas, the proprietor, that I studied Italian, so when I asked him a question, he went into a LONG explanation all in Italian, but not too fast, and I picked up most of the “gist” as they say. Here’s Ricardo with his soulmate, Tomas.