Weekend in Review

26 Aug

So much happening in Cortona over the weekend…

Since 1963, Cortona has been the host city of the national antique market knows as Cortonantiquaria, held in the rooms and hallways of the beautiful 18th century Palazzo Vagnotti.

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You couldn’t help but know that the exhibit was coming as a giant slide show lights up the Municipio each night.

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For two weeks beginning August 24, exhibitors throughout Italy display a variety of certified antiques including paintings, china, jewelry, statuary and furniture.

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A very special exhibit this year is Catrosse Ceramiche. I had no idea that from 1796-1910,  the noble Venuti family was responsible for bringing techniques learned in other parts of Italy to a new porcelain production facility near Cortona.


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Did you ever wonder how some of the very large pieces are hoisted up to the top floor of the Palazzo? Well, wonder no more…

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Weekend strolls brought the usual delightful sights, including this “watch cat”,

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nature blooming through stone ledges,

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and artifacts attached to the old city walls.

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The last Sunday of each month brings the traveling antique market to Cortona. Unlike the one in the Palazzo, this one is held in the piazzas or parterre (park) and is filled with a lot of old (lovely and not), interesting and/or odd things. As I wander the stalls, I am reminded of the saying: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, or so the vendors hope. But it’s always fun to wander.

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Sunday is also a great day for strolling, as everyone seems to be smiling and saying Buona Domenica, or Good Sunday, as you pass. And it’s easy to feel good when listening to a talented violinist,

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people watching,

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enjoying a prosecco,

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or a great cappuccino!

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As my friend’s shirt says,

Make Days Good Days!

And so we do.

Ciao,
Judy

 

 

 

 

8 Responses to “Weekend in Review”

  1. Royce Larsen August 26, 2019 at 5:40 PM #

    Thank you for a slice of the Cortona Culture Will see you on the Internet!

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  2. Sue Atkinson August 26, 2019 at 9:11 PM #

    So enjoy your blog. It makes me wish to be in Cortona. Have spent time in Tuscany and love Pienza but have never made it to Cortona.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences.

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    • blogginginitaly August 27, 2019 at 10:59 AM #

      You are most welcome. I hope someday you get to visit Cortona!

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  3. Bobbie Morgan August 27, 2019 at 12:41 PM #

    Beautiful post, as usual Judy. Scrolling through and seeing all the familiar places and faces brings me right there in spirit. The days can’t pass quickly enough til we’re back in September!!

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    • blogginginitaly August 27, 2019 at 4:52 PM #

      Thanks, Bobbie. I agree, it’s always fun to know things are just as you left them!

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  4. jeanfromcalifornia August 29, 2019 at 1:22 PM #

    I just can’t keep up with you two. There is a flea market in Arezzo I have always wanted to go to but my grandchildren’s Halloween costume needs every year throw my yearly dates off. Thanks for letting me go places with you and Len vicariously.

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    • blogginginitaly August 29, 2019 at 4:50 PM #

      You are too funny! You pack more in a day than just about anyone I know!!

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