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... the people of the Island.
Anyway, back to the mainland, and it was time to head towards the Peloponnese. To get to the Peloponnese, you have to cross the Corinth Canal, which was built in 1800s and sent several companies broke, and because it is so unbelievably narrow, these days it can only be used by tourist cruise boats, whereas it was built to provide a shipping channel between the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf. We also spent an afternoon ...
... the old city walls. They separate the old historic town from the much newer one surrounding it now, which has gradually developed over the years. It's not a flat walk, as the wall builders followed the natural contours of the land, but the effort of going up and down is more than rewarded by the views of the hills and mountains (the Appennines we think) which can be seen quite clearly. Hopefully the ...
... Vinci (not clear what if one is not fairly fluent in Italian). Well, Joy rounded the corner of the doorway and started reading the exhibition screens showing the English translation to the Italian notes, which were all about this painting which had been discovered and which was now attributed to Leonardo, how it was found and what all the story was, who the portrait was about etc ..... La bella principessa, a portrait of Bianca Sforza who died aged 14/15. ...
... and changed over the years, you still are very much aware that you are in a family home of that time. As well as original paintings by Raphael's father, himself a much in demand painter, the highlight is a painting of the madonna and child by the young Raphael, and you can plainly discern the wonderful capture of light and colour which was to make him famous in later years.
Somewhat in awe we slithered back down the hill to relax with a ...
... Morbido "Ciauscolo"
Polenta con pate di fegato
Crostino di Farro con pesto di rucola, radicchio, noci e formaggio
Casciotta d'Urbino DOP e crema di limone
Frittata con zucca gislls, funghi porcini e pecorino di fossa, al forno
Passatelli vegetariani, asciutti con verdure in padella
Fettuccine di grano duro "Capelli" BIO con ragu di lepre e ginepro