A Day at the Market

31 May

If it’s Thursday, it’s market day in Camucia, the town at the base of Cortona. Vendors of every type gather to sell their wears. Vegetables, poultry, meats, salamis, men’s, ladies’ and children’s clothes, leather goods, shoes, boots, flowers, candy, pastry, spices, household goods, luggage, scarves, lingerie, socks, and just about anything you might need.

We woke to a morning sun, an amazing sight these days, and took the morning bus down the hill to Camucia, a ten minute “switchbacking” scenic drive. We began the day at Vanelli Caffetteria for cappuccino and dolce. They pride themselves on the most artistic coffees and it’s fun watching their artists at work:

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Then to the market we went. Most of the men gather at the front, their version of a man cave…

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while most women roam the market, a great idea as each group is happy.

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Len and I usually begin together, then when Len has seen enough, he heads to the male section.

I think the food is always the most interesting, and the locals happily shop for everything fresh. Feast your eyes:

Porchetta, about four feet long

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Prosciutto

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Formaggio and Salumi

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Fresh Porcini, bigger than my fist

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Anchovies (Yikes!)

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Just picked garlic

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And despite all the local cuisine, for those needing an American food fix…

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We had fun shopping and bought a few things including several pair of socks since it has been so cold and wet! Waiting for the bus to take us home, the skies opened and it began to hail. Locals say this is the worst weather in 100 years and I believe it. And it’s not supposed to break for another 10 days. Glad we are not having many guests this year.

So, if you are wondering why I am mostly writing about food, it’s because restaurants are one of the few places to keep dry.  The good news is that we are getting to know the locals better, and that’s a big reason we are here. The healthy news for us is that to get anywhere, we need to climb one of the steepest streets in Cortona, coupled with the  35 steps in our house. So, although we haven’t been able to take our usual hikes, we are still getting plenty of exercise. Here’s hoping for the return of sunshine!

Ciao,

Judy

8 Responses to “A Day at the Market”

  1. samschaef May 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM #

    Reblogged this on thewomenhypothesis.

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  2. 200citiestovisit May 31, 2013 at 9:34 AM #

    Reblogged this on 200 Cities To Visit / 200 Ciudades que Visitar.

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  3. Florence May 31, 2013 at 6:04 PM #

    Oh my goodness !!! My mouth is watering – thanks Judy and Len !

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • blogginginitaly June 1, 2013 at 1:54 AM #

      How I wish I could bring home one of the huge rounds of cheese… And oh, the mozzarella fresca!

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  4. Jane May 31, 2013 at 6:45 PM #

    Looks amazing! Hope the weather warms up for you.

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  5. Pride in Photos Photography May 31, 2013 at 6:56 PM #

    what a tasteful post♥

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