and the local butcher would have much in common. Normally, they wouldn’t, but on this day
during our Artfully Tasteful Tour of Tuscany, they had US in common. We stopped at all 3 of these uniquely cool
places and enjoyed what each of them had to offer.
Fedele rival those of the Sistine Chapel.
They tell stories through their depictions of the characters in the
Bible and do so with vibrant colors and beautiful scenes. Our hosts at San Fedele, baptized their child
there, and we had the privilege to see what few have the opportunity to visit,
thanks to their special relationship with the caretaker of the sanctuary. The church caretaker is their son’s godfather, so now, in true Italian style, we are also indebted to the godfather.
|Beautiful gardens on the grounds of the monastery|
|Martha Sledge stands under the entrance to a gorgeous topiary tunnel constructed of ancient holly|
|Cesarè Rappaccini is our chef’s favorite butcher.|
After serving us a few samples of his meat selections, Cesaré shows us the horse which represents his neighborhood in Siena’s big horse races.
|Whole thighs of pigs and many selections of cured meats hang in the shop|
|Some like it hot, and Ginny is one of them. Here she’s smiling after finding some hot pepper oil.|
|The Campo in Siena|
Each year they race horses in the main square of Siena known as the Campo. The horse races are known as the Palio. The races are run twice every summer on July 2 and August 16. Different neighborhoods in the city each enter their representative horse. The jockey’s ride bareback and the race lasts for 90 seconds. As you can see, the square is slanted and paved with bricks, so it’s a crazy surface for horses to run on.
|The Beautiful facade of the Duomo of Siena|
|A typical street scene in Siena|
Our group enjoyed the day in Siena. After coming back and having dinner, we enjoyed aperitifs before dinner on the terrace. That was followed by a yummy 5 course meal with a welcome song from Michaelino afterward. He has an amazing voice and gifts us with a song after supper each night. We continued the music with some guitars and singing going late into the evening. Just another day at beautiful San Fedele!
Next year’s trip is scheduled for October 3-10, 2015. Click here if you’re interested in putting Tuscany on your bucket list: https://www.ilchiostro.com/index.php?action=workshop-details&item=283
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