– 132 – postcards from Tuscany

This morning I practiced one of my favourite things… the art of getting lost…

I dropped my brother off to the train station and by 7.30am I was wondering the still empty streets of Arezzo in complete solitude, I had a cappuccino (no chocolate powder on top, don’t be a tourist!) watching pigeons go their pigeon way, I eavesdropped locals discussing the freshly started football league whilst drinking espresso propped up at the bar counter, I walked on deserted pavements, I popped into every church that was open, I looked at paintings, read about history, touched ancient walls, explored.  I watched the city waking up.

Two hours.

It was amazing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love travelling with Mr M and the boys, but it is a totally different feeling to being alone with one’s thoughts, wondering and wandering, without a particular destination… just a few hours to stroll aimlessly in whichever direction I wanted.

Doesn’t it sound wonderful?

The following is only a taster of what I saw.

The Church of Mercy.  (If you’ve ever been to Italy you know that trying to sightseeing without seeing any churches is a futile exercise.  Just give in and enjoy the varied plenitude of styles and sizes)

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Baroque style, although the first ‘version’ was built in 1348 (in England it was the time of the Black Death… I only know this because of my excellent revision skills when helping No 3 in his end of year exams.)

Next to the church a bit of street art:

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which was next to this:

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and then only down the road we were back to old things… but not as old as the bubonic plague.

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On the same road another church, Chiesa della SS Annunziata (1490, built after the Madonna statue was seen crying real tears)

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I loved the different flags on the building highlighting the different quarters of the city.

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Badia delle SS Flora and Lucilla, was closed.  I was totally intrigued by the random facade though.  It’s like they got the door wrong and then started again or something…

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Chiesa di San Francesco, which contains the masterpiece of by Piero della Francesca.

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A lot of the frescos have been lost but what’s there is worth a visit.  It must have been an incredible sight at the time.

And then more walking here and there.  All the way to the Duomo.

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Of course… all this was fuelled by delicious cappuccinos… no chocolate of course… I’m not a tourist.

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