Cortona: Expect the Unexpected

31 Aug

Teatro Signorelli, built in 1854, is an imposing and beautiful theatre gracing the upper part of Piazza Signorelli. Over the years, it has been home to many cultural and theatrical events. Today, in addition to these events, one can see a movie or attend a conference.



The Teatro’s grand portico also serves several functions, from a place for coffee, lunch or dinner to hosting a wedding reception. Last night it was host to us, a large gathering of friends coming together for dinner. And while the group size was a bit larger than normal last night, these gatherings are a familiar and wonderful way of life in Cortona.









And while we expected the evening would invariably be fun, little did we know there would be a DJ in  the piazza. As we sat for dinner, the DJ began with some Italian classical music, including Andrea Bocelli singing Nessus Dorma.

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After our first course, however, the tempo changed to disco and we were out of our seats dancing to such classics as I Will Survive, sung by Gloria Gaynor. 

After our second course, many in our group formed a human chain and invaded the piazza below to join others near the DJ.

Even the canines were enjoying the entertainment.



My favorite moment of the evening was our rendition of Village People’s Y.M.C.A. Every local Italian I know is familiar with the arm moves – Y-M-C-A– and we didn’t miss a beat. Unfortunately, I was too involved myself to get a photo – che pecato!

I did, however, manage to get a great group photo. 



Thanks to our “organizers” and Caffe del Teatro Signorelli for such a fun and memorable evening filled with good friends, good food, and some unexpected and much appreciated good music!



12 Responses to “Cortona: Expect the Unexpected”

  1. August 31, 2017 at 2:08 PM #

    so beautiful juju !!! all well here -xoxoxo

    Florence C. Connelly


  2. Bobbie Morgan August 31, 2017 at 2:38 PM #

    Wow, looks like an amazing time was had by all!! Love all the dancing. Can’t wait to get there and join in all the fun🤗

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sandy Holswade August 31, 2017 at 4:26 PM #

    You are having way too much fun! What a wonderful life!! Keep it up.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jane August 31, 2017 at 11:52 PM #

    Looks like a fantastic night!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Royce Larsen September 1, 2017 at 9:56 AM #

    Thank you
    It appears that good food, good friends and good music lead to a good time!
    Look forward to more updates


  6. Carolynn September 5, 2017 at 4:24 PM #

    HI Judy, we are going to be in Cortona on the 27th. We were there 4 years ago and did not have a great dining experience. Would you please suggest a restaurant in the City to have a great experience at? Also, where in Arrezo would you suggest we see. Thanks Carolynn


  7. jeanfromcalifornia September 6, 2017 at 7:38 PM #

    More great pictures. Looking forward to October.


  8. Dominic Mosca September 25, 2017 at 7:28 AM #

    Great job Judy

    Liked by 1 person

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