Well, I finally got the chocolate gelato out of my white slacks! Hated to part with a wonderful memory of a very hot day and Cathy and Jerry dripping gelato all over the Cortona streets. Didn’t see Frances Mayes but we did view the gorgeous Signorellis painted in his home town in the 16th century.
The trip was absolutely perfect. We saw new things…the western sea coast and incredible Etruscan ruins at Roselle and Populonia; Urbino which houses two of Piero della Francesca’s great works; and new wineries in the Tuscan Chianti.
We ate many heavenly meals, and drank chianti made by angels…the greatest at our favorite Coltibuono (see picture).
We took in a medieval festival in Monteriggione and were guests of the Monsanto Winery for a lovely lunch. Laura Bianchi, the Director donated wines for the Italian dinner Jerry and I will prepare on August 6th for the four winners of the Astronaut Foundation Scholarship auction.
And best of all, I was able to acquire five great images of Piero’s work for my book and most of the permissions to print that we were seeking. So back to finishing off the manuscript for The Piero Affair…with sidetrips and then the task of finding a publisher who will recognize how good it is!!! Look for it, hopefully the first of next year.
We roamed our village, Pergine and had great times with our friends the Grens, who own the house we stay in, enjoyed daughter Cathy and grand daughter Caryn and watching them experience this wonderful place we love so much.