Month: August 2021

The Angles of Anghiari

Anghiari is a small town.  It’s about 5,500 people.  I call it a partial hill town because if you come upon it from the east you will see it as a majestic hill town, but if you come upon it from the west, it looks pretty ho-hum.  The hill...

Jesus at the End of My Street

I live on Via della Propositura, which is basically the street of the parish church.  As the name implies, the parish church is just down the way from us.  There’s really nothing else on this street – a few houses and a couple of entrances to the centro storico...

An Italian Pizza Party

Saturday night we had dinner with Michelangelo and Rossella and their daughter, Anna.  Rossella made pizza, pizza, and more pizza.  Remember how many times I’ve eaten pizza?  Well, I outdid myself on Saturday.  She made four pizzas and we ate all of them.  Completely. I’ve tried to make pizza...

Italian Complications

I know it seems like my life is perfect (and for the most part it is right now – I’m continually pinching myself), however, we do have our share of complications.  And they’re complications in Italian which is whole new sphere of weirdness. We recently ran some errands in...

Dinner with a View

Last night we had dinner at La Pieve Vecchia in Monterchi.  It’s about 15 minutes from here and has an incredible terrace that overlooks the tiny hill towns of Monterchi and Citerna.  Back in the day, there was a fierce rivalry between Monterchi and Citerna.  Monterchi is in Tuscany...

Gelato, Pasta, Pizza, Pizza, Pasta, Gelato

I’ve said yes to gelato.  After my first smug refusal, I have since had gelato three times.  Would have been more if I had found some handy gelato place a couple of times.  Gelato is a marvel of nature.  I can go forever in the US without having ice...

Of Breezes and Mona Lisas

I am befuddled by this language.  I know that English is a hard language to learn and we have many words that are the same but mean very different things (like “mean” – can be an adjective or a verb, pronounced the same, spelled the same, but completely different...