Monday, May 3, 2010


Looking off Via San Felice

Monday, 5-3-10
This is my second day here and the first day all of the shops are open. I spent yesterday exploring the area around the Piazza Maggiore in the central part of the city. Even though it was Sunday and the weather was overcast with intermittent light rain the streets were crowded with people of all ages. They appeared to be out for the sole purpose of walking and talking since most of the shops were closed. I noticed 2 things rather quickly: There were no obese people, and their interest in fashionable cloths and appearance was evident. Bicycles and motor scooters were everywhere, but not as plentiful or crazy as in Rome.

Last night I had my first meal out...found a small restaurant near the Piazza that was open and enjoyed a glass of Pinot Grigio and Gramigna con Salsiccia, small tubular pasta with crumbled sausage in a creamy tomato sauce. Needless to say, it was wonderful.

Today the rain is gone and the skies are clear and I’ve spent the morning walking around the neighborhood with my camera trying to capture some of the color and texture of the streets. This city is so different from Rome, Florence, and Siena. It is definetly not a city of tourists. It is old but the architecture is consistent and has a color of its own. It is a vibrant, working city.

My apartment...4 floors above the ground floor...with the terrace

Gramigna con Salsiccia


Karen said...

The pictures are wonderful....especially Via San Felice. You are going to come home with wonderful memories AND a stock pile of great photographic references!

Patience-please said...

I can already see your paintings in the photos!!!

davlux said...

Day two and I'm already in thrall. This will certainly be a shared adventure since you have a large passel of the "enamorati" following back home. Be productive and be productively lazy!

Gus said...

We were thinking we would follow via Patience's Facebook page, but immediately folded at the sight of food!

Don't forget Veggies!