11 Jul

With deference to Goodnight Moon, my farewell ode to Italia 2012:

Arrivederci salumi, cheese and wine

Arrivederci going to dinner at nine

Arrivederci shopping at the markets in the street

Arrivederci greeting every stranger I meet

Arrivederci pastry and cappuccino in the early morn

Arrivederci basil from a plant freshly torn

Arrivederci best mozzarella I will ever taste

Arrivederci appreciation of life at a slower pace

Arrivederci  sunflowers growing strong and tall

Arrivederci lovely shops, not ever in a mall

Arrivederci gelato –  the source of smiles galore

Arrivederci  flowers adorning every window and door

Arrivederci graceful ladies walking arm in arm

Arrivederci vistas of the land people farm

Arrivederci homemade pasta in every size and shape

Arrivederci beans that only Italians know how to make

Arrivederci tomatoes, bruscetta and cheese

Arrivederci pizza prepared to please

Arrivederci piazza life where people sip vino and talk

Arrivederci evenings’ activities we find on our walk

Arrivederci shoes, scarves and fashion

Arrivederci simplicity filled with passion

Arrivederci antiquities that stretch the soul and mind


Arrivederci art and architecture, every imaginable kind

Arrivederci friends, old and new, from far and near


Arrivederci Cortona, Italia, till we see you next year.

Many thanks to all who made our trip so memorable.

While this marks the “physical” end of our 2012 Italian adventure, it is not the end of the blog… come back for much more!



9 Responses to “Arrivederci”

  1. Sandra July 12, 2012 at 6:40 AM #

    O M G!!! OH Judy this is so beautiful. I loved your Italy trip. Thanks so much for having us along. So generous and gracious of you to share. I’m going to miss all this too, so much. I had so much FUN. So refreshing, and I learned a lot too! WOW! what a trip! Now what am I going to do? Oh, hoping you plan to invite me for the pasta party!


    • blogginginitaly July 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM #

      So glad you enjoyed the posts…and I am happy you are planning your own trip! Will be great fun for you.


  2. Susan Morris July 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM #

    We’re spending a month in Cortona the last 2 weeks of Sept. and first 2 weeks of October. Your blog has totally excited us with all the wonderful information and things to enjoy. Thank you, Susan M. from Florida.


    • blogginginitaly July 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM #

      Thanks for the nice note…What a wonderful time to be in Cortona! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I’m delighted that the blog has been helpful! Enjoy Cortona…I’ll post more about it in the weeks to come.


  3. FIlocia Poma July 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM #

    Bravo! Well done!


  4. Paula July 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM #

    Love the poem! And loved being able to “visit” Cortona with you, Len and Benita.
    I was a bit frustrated when you went silent for so many days but if you post more
    pictures and add more stories my frustration will be soothed. 🙂 We are on Nantucket, call when you can after you get used to being out of paradise.


    • blogginginitaly July 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM #

      Not surprisingly, it’s harder to post everyday when I am not there; but, I have so many more pictures and stories to tell that I am determined to keep writing! We’ll talk soon.


  5. personalized Latte mugs September 11, 2012 at 6:53 AM #

    One thing I’ve realized on this site is the care and affection that is seemingly given to this. I actually wish that I’d the
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