What a great day! The weather was perfect, the scenery was awesome & the company superb.
We started the day with breakfast on the patio looking out at the Tuscan hills & a great sky….partly cloudy, lots of blue. C & C were here 3 years ago & still remember their way around very well. We piled into the Fiat 500 & off we went to Lucignano, about a 20 minute drive from the villa. Lucignano is a medieval, walled hill-top village, elliptical in shape. It appeared to be a busy day in the town, but we were lucky enough to get a parking spot close by.
We walked up the hill into the town & there definitely was something going on. As David explained to us later, it was a community fund raising day to collect money for various restoration projects. A few floats that they use in their May Day celebrations were on display, without the flowers that normally adorn them. There were girls walking around the streets in period costumes & there were several booths along the streets selling pastries, jewellery, scarves, knitting, children’s toys, etc. We took our time walking through & got several photos along the way. Bonnie & Cheryl talked to 4 of the girls, while Charlie & I took their photographs. There were many unique (to us) vignettes & scenes along the way to photograph, as well as a few people.
We drove back to the villa for lunch & a rest, but before long, we were off on a walking tour of Marciano della Chiana. First stop, Vivian’s Bar for a gelato. The town was very quiet, not too many people out on the street, but it was interesting looking around & getting a feel for how the locals live. It’s a good feeling!
When we got back to the villa, we took a stroll around the property, which is somewhere around 2-3 acres with various types of trees: olive, walnut, maple, poplar & pine. There are flowering bushes, roses are in bloom, a ‘secret garden’ several garden ornaments & large terra cotta pots.
In the hills close by, we can see Foiano della Chiana, another walled medieval village, well known for the ‘Victory Church’, architecture & art. Off in the distant hills, we can see Cortona, which was made famous by the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, which just happened to be on TV before we left. We’ll be driving the 27 km to Cortona tomorrow.
I got a few shots, during our walk, but they were somewhat obstructed by a fence & trees. Charlie found a tall step ladder behind the utility shed & carried that to the back of the property in order to get some shots from a higher vantage point. That worked great! We left the ladder there, with a plan to return for some sunset shots. I was back out there about an hour later & came back with a few very acceptable photos.
Dinner tonight consisted of a delicious broccoli soup & a stir fry, courtesy of Cheryl. After dinner C & C connected with their daughter, Ginny, & their 4 grandchildren via Facetime. The kids were all excited to see them.
We watched a move tonight: Little Miss Sunshine. Cute & funny! Now it’s off to bed, looking forward to a drive to Cortona & Foiano tomorrow. The weather forecast is promising! So far, we are living ‘under the Tuscan sun’!