My last night in town we sat outside, drank beers, and enjoyed the crisp air of a February evening.
March 20, 2012
March 12, 2012
The town of Cortona is where we headed next. From Andrea's correspondence I had become very envious of her time spent living and studying there the past couple of months. Once I laid my eyes on the town that envy reached a breaking point. Situated on a hill overlooking the Valdi Chiana valley the views from the town are fantastic. Some of the highlights include: the quiet cobblestone streets where locals would great you in Italian, tiny cars flying through narrow gaps, the Lions Well filled with hundreds of people for Carnevale, and delicious eateries speckled throughout, including Bar Sport where you can get a cappuccino and a pastry for 2 euros. In addition to soaking in the vibe of Cortona we also visited a few other towns in Tuscany on day-trips while Andrea was in class.
Following a road out of town
A photo I took during my last morning in Cortona
March 7, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel with my family to Italy to visit Andrea who is doing the last semester of her degree abroad at the U of A Cortona campus. I had never been to continental Europe before and I was looking forward to a break from the toils of law school. The plan was to fly into Rome and stay there for one night before heading to Cortona for 4 nights and then end in Florence for 4 nights. We tried to jam as much of the big sites as we could into that 24 hour period. Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Colosseum, Pantheon, the Forum, and St Peter's Basilica all managed to be checked off my list. This was much to my surprise as I had only thought we'd manage to see a few of them. It's hard to judge the city from my short visit consisting mostly of rushing around but I enjoyed my visit. One day I'd like to return to see the city at a slower pace.
View from the hotel room
Fontana di Trevi
The Wedding Cake
Outside the Pantheon
Andrea was our tour guide having been to most of these spots before
Inside the extravagant St Peter's Basilica