We drove from Assisi to Cetona, mostly using the GPS, with a couple of glitches. The only one that was problematic was that the GPS tried to direct me onto Piazza Garibaldi, which is a ZTL (limited traffic zone), and obviously I was not in the mood for a traffic violation ticket, so turned around, dug out my netbook and pulled up the map our host had emailed to me a few days ago. Lovin the netbook, so handy when travelling!! I parked in the lot at the bottom of the hill and we walked up the steep street...
Walk in the entrance and be entranced by this sight. Dining table to the left, living area (the orange chairs are in front of a fireplace, although obviously we have no need of a fire since it is around 30c here!) At the end of the photo is a plexiglass door that blocks off the unfinished part of the tower (more about that in another post.) Before the living area, on the right is the kitchen, shown in the next photo.
The kitchen is well stocked with essentials, such as olive oil, balsamic, coffee, spices, dishes...really everything we need to make our own meals, once we pick up the main ingredients.
Up the stairs is the door to the terrace (with a pocket in the wall that Francesco has made into a jacuzzi, so one can relax in the jacuzzi and also soak in the gorgeous view.) Then comes the second floor, which will be Mom's quarters, and then the top floor is all mine!
My bedroom area. I also have a tiny terrace off the seating area, and the washing machine is up here, plus my own separate entrance, should I need to escape out the back door! lol
Francesco and Alessandra, who are SO friendly, welcoming and helpful. They took us for an orientation tour to see what shops are available. And offered to take us to wine farm, for wine tasting and lunch, if we want. They have provided sightseeing suggestions. And also introduced us to around (i.e to the owner of Il Merlo restaurant, and the owner of the wine/cheese shop) because relationships very important in Italy, says Alessandra. Important for the owners to know who we are, and who we know. Francesco restored this house himself, by the way. He is from Rome but came and fell in love with Cetona. Alessandra is from Rimini, and has studied a year in Barcelona, which city seems to have stolen her heart! Francesco also has an APE (one of the tiny 3 wheel trucks)...when they asked if I wanted to take it for a test drive, I said YES!!! I am hoping they were not joking, it would be so cool to drive one of those! As if everything else wasn`t enough...they also too us for a sampling at wine/cheese store (I will share the name when I remember it), where we had basically an unlimited tasting of the "farm wine" (which we can get for for 2.50 euro if we bring back the empty flask each time, or 4 euro if need a bottle), fresh, aged, and crudo cheeses, bread w olive oil, lightly sauteed garlic cloves, spiced meat and a taste of a 2006 sangenovese. Naturally we went back in the morning and bought some of these goodies!
Then they bid us good-night, showed us where they live, gave us numbers and said call if we need anything. And then Mom and I went for a stroll around the town. We were not hungry after all the taste testing so had no need of supper! This is the fountain in Piazza Garibaldi. The piazza, as expected, is the hub of the town, and all the shops can be found on it. I am pretty sure I have died and gone to heaven...