Fattoria Il Poeta
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... in Italy for 6 months, we decided to do the right thing and apply for our visas. Any Italians we spoke to about this thought we were crazy .... "You will regret this, the paperwork will drive you mad, don't do it , just stay anyway" ......Just a few of the more polite comments!!
We had applied when we first arrived in Italy back in June , in Turin, and this was now our 4th visit to the Questura in various cities ...
... We do not disagree. Unfortunately for us they were engaged in restorative work on the exterior front. The inside was pristine. The church is rich with paintings and frescoes. In fact Mike (aka Michelangelo) reviewed the ceiling and wall art before painting the Sistine Chapel. Bird is also especially impressed with the alternating black and white stone work. Rather surprising they could build such a structure in a fairly out of the way place during the middle ...
... bronze statues.
Amidst the usual gorgeous piazza, church, medieval alleyways there were many antique stores, lovely shops ,great restaurants, coffee and enoteca (wine bars).
However ,we were really taken with how "arty" Cortona is, great traditional galleries and also individual artists showing their modern work.
We met a lovely young ...
... and is still done by hand grinding /milling the olives between two huge stones to extract the oil . Very traditional. He was still waiting to pick his olives as he felt they weren't quite ready yet , so unfortunately we didn't see a press happening . His mill was amazing, lots of terracotta storage barrels in a deep underground cellar . Spotlessly clean , just waiting for those gorgeous green olives to start rolling in this year.
... monks) The location of his boyhood house has long since fallen off the edge of the cliff !! The edges of the plateau are apparently crumbling off about 5 metres every 10 years.
It is eerily beautiful.
Pondering the view, I'm worried that slowly but surely this town will succumb to the march of time. However, due to the tourist revival and renewed interest , there is now a push to save what is left of ...