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Family Fun in Cortona

29 Jun

Yesterday, my brother and his family visited us in Cortona…our last visitors this year.  They are touring the great cities of Italy and came to see us for a day of relaxation. From noon till about 11PM, we ate, drank, walked, talked, laughed, shopped, and even visited a few of the famous Cortona institutions.

We enjoyed a wonderful family style lunch of many different pastas at Trattoria Toscana.

Followed by gelato at Snoopy’s…

And some fun in the public gardens…(the little boys weren’t so amused!)

Dinner was in Piazza Signorelli, at the excellent Antica Trattoria, where we were in the thick of things for viewing the 2012 semifinal football (soccer to us) match between Italy and Germany.

The evening’s entertainment included horns blaring, flags waving, and people, including us, wild with excitement, as Italy proved victorious in a 2-1 win.

A spontaneous parade of cars and vespas erupted through the piazza…


A perfect ending to a perfect day…Perfetto!

And this morning’s papers…


Another wonderful day in Cortona!



Italy Wins!!!!

28 Jun

It’s midnight, we’re exhausted, but the news is wonderful…Italy beats Germany 2-1 and advances to the EURO 2012 finals. My brother and his family were here for the day, so more on that tomorrow. For now, enjoy a bit of what we experienced tonight in the piazza with the people of Cortona!




EURO 2012 – Italy in Semifinals!

26 Jun

The Italians, and just about all Europeans for that matter, love their football. In Cortona Sunday night, we cheered with the locals as we watched large TVs blaring outside bars in Piazza Signorelli. The faithful had gathered in their Italia shirts and colors to support their team. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect viewing venue.


After a long and hot match, Italy beat England in a shootout. (photos from RAI Italian TV)


Yesterday’s newspaper headlines said it all.

We are Lions, read one paper…


Great Italy, beats England on Penalites, read another.

Great Italy, beats England on Penalties

Italy’s next match is Thursday, 9:45 PM, when they face the powerhouse Germany. Once again, the Italians will bring their passion, hope and probably a lot of prayers to the piazzas of Cortona. Stay tuned. Go ITALIA!!!



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