Cupola verde di San Filippo Neri Cortona
"Green dome of San Filippo Neri Cortona"...
Dolce Maria is the Bed and Breakfast I lodged in for four nights in the medieval hill town of Cortona. One street over from the main square, the ancient historical building from 15th century is the home of the Barboni family. There is a restaurant on the ground floor where Madre Paola is one of the famous chefs of Cortona, and her friendly husband Franco and son Gianni help run the properties. Paola’s 80- something year old mother offered to wash my laundry and hung it to dry on the rooftop. With only six rooms in this steep vertical villa winding about like a castle, it very much felt like a true Tuscan adventure. Booking Dolce Maria from Roma, I asked for a room with a view; I didn’t notice a view from the 3rd story room, but Paolo instructed me to a tiny door in the corner…with a winding staircase ascending upward about 2-3 more stories to the rooftop and a private terrace view of the valley below. On my last evening as the sun dipped in the sky and the birds wisped among the clouds, I photographed this image of Lake Trasimeno and the Tuscan countryside through an art-deco like structure on the roof. The tiny walled town of Cortona was probably not the most fortified with large amounts of photogenic attractions within its ramparts, but professed to be the perfect central Tuscany location. Cortona was perhaps the most quaint and charming of towns during my Italian journey, and I was surprised to see the University of Georgia has maintained a campus there since 1970. If one has the legs and heart to traverse the steep grades of this ancient Tuscan village, Cortona offers great rewards and blessings under the bellissimo Tuscan Sun.
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