3 Sep

We awoke this morning to the sites, sounds and smells of Cortona – and fell into our familiar rituals. Morning cappuccino, an uphill 2.5 mile hike to Torreone, the “take your pick” downhill roads leading back to town, lunch at Caffe Tuscher, an afternoon nap, appertivo with friends, and a light dinner.

I’m reminded of a Peter Allen/ Carole Bayer Sager song, Everything Old is New Again:

Don’t throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again

Exactly when we fell in love with Cortona is unclear – perhaps our very first day in June, 2011. We had long planned and dreamt about spending significant time in Italy, and for us, this continues to be the dream come true.

Seeing Cortona in the fall already brings a newness. Fewer people, many fewer children and strollers, and a final let up of the heat wave that surrounds Italy in the summer. The olives are ripening on the trees, the zucchini blossoms are gone, and the sun flowers are getting ready for harvest. But the incredible views



and the enticing smells coming from kitchens remain the same. Somethings just never get old.

This evening, as is customary on Thursday nights, a band played in Piazza Signorelli.



We joined the others and dined al fresco with friends. A perfect ending to a perfect day.

Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again.





9 Responses to “Familiarity”

  1. Barbara Kaines September 3, 2015 at 5:43 PM #

    I feel like I’m there reading your posts. All sounds wonderfully familiar. Counting the days! Barbara

    Sent from my iPhone


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  2. jean September 3, 2015 at 6:06 PM #

    Coincidentally, I have been reading about recipes for Sunflower hearts. They are relatives of the artichokes and are supposed to taste deliciously artichoke-y. One recipe had them filled with a Ricotta filling. Let us know if you encounter any in Cortona this harvest season.
    Happy dining!


    • blogginginitaly September 3, 2015 at 6:27 PM #

      Paola should know about them – sounds delicious!


      • jean September 3, 2015 at 11:10 PM #

        Well, it sounds a lot better than the previous delicacy I sent you. Look out for those field mice! (lol)

        Liked by 1 person

  3. hilmarcan8@gmail.com September 3, 2015 at 7:21 PM #

    Wonderful…..enjoy and savour!! Ciao, Hilary and Gustavo

    Sent from my iPhone


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  4. jdimetros@casaitaliachicago.org September 5, 2015 at 7:40 AM #

     Jjudy, we,re about 30 minutes away. Cantante find tour cell number again! Can you please call Clarissa…


  5. Diana September 7, 2015 at 2:52 AM #

    Sweet day…..loved the last photo….

    Liked by 1 person

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