Familiar Footing

30 Mar

Why did we fall in love with Cortona? So very many reasons, but suffice it to say we did –  this being our eighth stay. And although so much is familiar, this ancient Etruscan town never ceases to amaze.

The incredible views…


Local food sourcing… (10 huge fresh artichokes for under $4.50!)



Tiny cars that seem to suck in their sides as they traverse the hills and uneven narrow streets – (my Fiat 500).


And of course, the delicious food.

AD Braceria ©Blogginginitaly.com

AD Braceria ©Blogginginitaly.com

Tuscher Caffe ©Blogginginitaly.com

First day of 2017 outside seating at Tuscher Caffe ©Blogginginitaly.com

The weather has been perfect – blue sky sunny days, cool nights, and signs of Spring’s magnificent return in the colors popping up everywhere.

And while all of the above is wonderful, nothing quite compares to the sincere smiles and heartfelt “ben tornato” (welcome back) long embraces we’ve received from our local friends.

I guess the answer to my opening question is simple: they are truly the reason we fell in love with Cortona and why we happily return.

For now, time to give in to jet lag, but much more to come.




19 Responses to “Familiar Footing”

  1. Jean March 30, 2017 at 4:04 PM #

    God’s in his heaven.
    Judy and Len are in Cortona.
    All’s right with the world.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Connelly, Vincent J. March 30, 2017 at 4:04 PM #

    You’re back home!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Paula Swain March 30, 2017 at 4:07 PM #

    So happy for you and Len…you are in your “posto felice”!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Florence March 30, 2017 at 4:25 PM #

    You look perfectly at home !! Salute !!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. jean parisi March 30, 2017 at 5:42 PM #

    Ben tornato!  Sono felice vedere ancora – mi fai come sono in Italia!  Grazie I look forward to hearing/seeing all that you do in and around Cortona. Grazie Jean

    Liked by 1 person

  6. stellalucentellc March 30, 2017 at 6:41 PM #

    Lovely story! Just a quick question about those artichokes – are they like the Roman artichokes that are small and can be fried? I love artichokes and look for them every time I go to Italy.


  7. Royce Larsen March 31, 2017 at 9:06 AM #

    Thank you for the refresher

    Among other things your photos

    inspire my appetite.

    As Bill Capraro use to say

    you can’t get a bad meal

    in Italy!

    You and Len look great

    Waiting for the “more

    to come”


    Liked by 1 person

  8. jknotts7 March 31, 2017 at 1:36 PM #

    YUM! The photos are beautiful! Love the line about cars sucking their sides in. You and Len with the red vino is so inviting. Enjoy my friends.


    • blogginginitaly March 31, 2017 at 3:51 PM #

      Thanks, JK. Better the cars having to suck in their sides than us after all the food and vino! You should consider joining us here sometime. Would love to show you around!


  9. Bobbie Morgan April 9, 2017 at 12:57 AM #

    Looks amazing, as usual. Enjoying your blog. We’ll see you in September!

    Liked by 1 person

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