After breakfast, we set off for Cortona. It was market day, so Brad dropped us off at Piazzele Garibaldi, and we shopped our way to the Piazza and through the market. We saw our friends at the porchetta truck. We had planned a 4th of July Italian picnic of porchetta sandwiches, and assorted treats, and packed flag plates and napkins, mustard and mayo, and plastic utensils, but our guests wanted pizza, so we gave up and went with the flow.
After buying 4 pair of shoes, two handbags, 5 wallets, and 16 bottles of balsamico, we stopped for lunch at Piazzaria Fufluns.
After lunch, we took a drive to show our guests Bramasole, from Under the Tuscan Sun.
Then we had a nice break in the luscious lobby of Villa Marsilli. We were welcomed with open arms by the lovely Giulia and manager, Stefano. We spent several days at the Villa Marsilli, in 2007, and were treated royally by their gracious staff. We were welcomed back like family members, and greeted with prosecco and a beautiful spread of antipasti. Stefano showed our guests a number of rooms and even the suite where Diane Lane stayed during the filming of the movie. Giulia and I had a delightful chat, and those who needed a nap had a great place to rest. It was a perfect way to spend a couple of hours in Cortona before the shops reopened.
After some more shopping, and wine in the piazza, we arrived for dinner at Osteria del Teatro.
We began with two pots of fonduta di tartufo. I could sit and eat bowls of this stuff!
Primi choices included salads, pici pasta, and gorgonzola-noci ravioli:
Entrees included lamb shank, filetto con salsa di pepe rossa e pecorino.
It was a wonderful day in Cortona, but we really missed seeing Alessandra!