Cortona. That is the village made famous by the book Bella Tuscany. Also a short distance from our village on the blue bus. Steeeeeeeep.
I crept up the cobblestones hanging onto the handrail and wondered how I was EVER going to get back down. Once at the top there was a busy little main street where we had a much needed coffee and Best Cake of the Trip So Far. A beautiful paper shop opposite opened up (wonderful Florentine decorative papers) and I popped in to buy a small gift for a friend. Then of course right after that we saw a gelateria, where we bought a gelato (tropicale and limone) which was eaten sitting at a vantage point overlooking the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Back along the street, all the side streets went so steeply up or steeply down that they didn’t tempt me, still finding my feet on the cobblestones. Somehow Cortona didn’t grab either of us for some reason, and instead of stopping to sketch the very picturesque village, we made our way down the hill (fortunately down a slightly less steep gradient) to the blue bus, having only spent two hours there.
We spent the afternoon on our terrace overlooking wonderful Valdichiana, while I sketched part of the building where we were living. Back to our favourite restaurant in the village, La Piazzetta, for delicious pasta with pomodoro, rucola and speck. My first time to eat speck, a Tyrolean sausage, cooked with tomato and rocket. Yum, again.
Home for more limoncello for the sake of my cold.