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Traipsing Through Tuscany- Montisi

Montisi

Montisi

Montisi

The hill town, Montisi, population 500, is an ancient Etruscan necropolis.  As small as it may seem, the village is divided into four communities, each represented with their own flag. The Castello is the area of the medieval castle.  The Piazza, is the flat area located near the castle.  San Martino is in the northeastern part of the village and the Torre, takes the name of the Tower of the Grange of Santa Maria della Scalla (a farming estate owned by a monastery), which was destroyed by retreating German troops in 1944.

The Civic Tower and the Colonna, in Two Different Districts

The Civic Tower and the Colonna, in Two Different Communities

Civic Tower and the Colonna

Civic Tower and the Colonna

Walking up the small hill to the restored tower, currently, the Grange is a private home built around two main courtyards, with a small theatre used for shows and concerts.  It was here that a clay hand-made map was posted on the wall to point the way around the narrow streets in a circular fashion to locate all the sites on the hill.  It reminded me of a scavenger hunt map! See the chunks of terra cotta on the wall? Following the terra cotta signs, the lane reminded me of the Stations of the Cross along a beautiful garden walk!

Pieve of the Santissima Annunziata

Pieve of the Santissima Annunziata

The Pieve of the Santissima Annunziata

The Pieve of the Santissima Annunziata

The Map

The Map

Markers on the Montisi Walk

Markers on the Montisi Walk

Markers on the Montisi Walk

Markers on the Montisi Walk

Markers on the Montisi Walk

Markers on the Montisi Walk

Mother Mary Pray for Us

Mother Mary Pray for Us

The Walk in Montisi

The Markers on the Walk in Montisi

Streets of Montisi

Streets of Montisi

Main Walk Montisi

Main Walk Montisi

Walking Montisi

Walking Montisi

The Only Cat in Town!

The Only Cat in Town!

Returning to the lower ground of the village there is now a frescoed wall playground, the ruins of castle walls, and beautiful flowers, doors and windows. We spent a lovely afternoon in Montisi!

Easter or Any Time in Italy

The Duomo in Florence Italy

The Duomo in Florence Italy

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Easter……..I thought I would share some pictures with you. It has been cold in the south the entire month of March to me. No rabbits, no eggs, no peeps. The birds are hardly looking for a mate. Or have they found their mate and are trying to stay warm? This is why I love Italy.  On every corner you are reminded of God, of something bigger than you.  In Rome there are nuns and priests everywhere all the time.  There are Cardinals in their bright red robes and some in magenta huddling in groups to discuss who knows what.  There are masses of people in the churches or waiting in line to get into church.

Italy Sep _ Oct 2009 507The smallest church will have the most fantastic art. But, what I like are the statues, crosses, stained glass windows, icons, churches big and small, bells ringing and the small memorials on the sides of buildings and at crossroads in the countryside.  The Italians say, “God is always watching and it is a good way to remind you to choose between good and evil.”  I like to think of it as God is always watching over me.  He is everywhere in everything.  I like to be Italy Sep _ Oct 2009 534reminded.
In a very small Italian village, Montisi, just a blip on the map, my husband and I took a narrow steep paved path from the car park up the hill.  At the top was a tiny stone church perched on the cliff.  Here on the front of the church was a stone with a map of the village etched into it. In Italian it read, “you are here.”  The path took you to the church and back down making a circle.  A beginning with no end.  Have a blessed Easter!

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