We enjoyed our coffee and pastry at our café, with darling children playing while their parents had coffee.
We went back to the market, and I bought two huge hunks of parmigiano, then had more coffee while we waited for Judith to arrive on the train. She called and we met her taxi in the piazza. We walked to lunch and met Fiona and Steve for another great meal at Al Sangiovese. We shared a goat cheese sformato with porcini sauce, and I had another plate of their delicious gramigone with salsiccia.
We walked Judith through the area with upscale shops to take fashion photos, then had coffee and chatted at a café near the market. The whole area was being set up for tonight’s music festival. We walked on to the University, then stopped at Gianni’s for a gelato, before saying good-by to Judith so she could catch her 6:15 train home. I caught up on my journal at Café Déjà vu.
There were music venues all over the central area of town for a festa called “Mezza Notte”. We met Fiona and Steve for a glass of wine, and the piazza was getting busy for the musical evening ahead.
We followed a marching band through the market where shops were open late and serving wine and cold cuts. We had porchetta and mortadella. There were dancers in the piazza, and a stage with big band jazz. There was a group playing the Beatles, Dixieland music and opera. We wandered around the area, catching as much as possible. Finally at 10 PM, we shared a pizza at La Mela, then walked back to hear the finale. It was a very fun evening.