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A Chance Encounter

When we got off the plane in Rome and were making our way through the ridiculously long customs line, we met a woman who broke in line in front of us.  We were a little grumpy from the long flight and the long line that stretched ahead of us. ...

La Famiglia

The astute reader of Sprezzatura, Y’all has realized that most of our activities revolve around food.  Well, part of the reason is because food is central to Italian life.  Meals are social, familial, and bonding experiences.  Few people come away from a meal hoping to never see those people...

Rainbows and Billy Goats

Monday was another one of those slow, do whatever you want kind of days.  No plans, no commitments – just all of Italy at our disposal.  We took a long walk out in the country and saw a herd of goats watched over by two very attentive dogs.  Then...

Ascoltare

It’s Sunday so that can only mean one thing – a visit to the Monterchi market for porchetta for breakfast.  I can’t tell you how good these things are.  They make you want to cry.  The pork is everything you want it to be – juicy, tender, crispy –...

Did Someone Say Montepulciano?

Saturday we had lunch in Montepulciano with our friend Francesco and his family.  Francesco is an Egyptologist and met our daughter-in-law (another Egyptologist) at a conference several years ago.  Somehow we became involved and have stayed in touch with him over the years.  He’s stayed with us in Atlanta...

The World’s Greatest Happy Hour

Today we did nothing.  No plans, no commitments, no schedule, nowhere to be – just nothing.  These are some of my favorite days here.  I know that sounds a little crazy – you fly 5,000 miles across an ocean to do nothing?  Shouldn’t I be seeing some magnificent work...

Pizza, Pasta and Gelato – We Must be in Italy!

We have returned to Italy.  We just left in June, but it’s a new season and we just had to come back.  There’s a definite change in the air from the still, hot days of June.  It’s crisp and windy – not breezy, but full out windy.  The kind...

Last Day in Florence

It’s 90 degrees, 463 steps, and hundreds of people – what could go wrong?  On our last day in Italy, we planned to climb to the top of the Duomo in Florence.  We left Anghiari Monday morning after having breakfast with Livio and Michelangelo.  The Sport Bar is refinishing...

Sunday

OK – I obviously didn’t finish this while we were still in Italy.  We’ve been back for almost two weeks and I haven’t found the time (or inspiration) to finish chronicling our trip.  So for those die hard Sprezzatura Y’all fans out there (and I know there are legions...

Saturday

We had a very relaxing day on Saturday.  Not much to report.  We took the train from Rome to Arezzo in the morning and got in around 1:30.  Drove to Anghiari and sorted our dirty clothes and dropped them off at the lavanderia on our way to get gelato. ...