September 7, 2014… Almost Feels like Home!!

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Faux Painting on this building.
Faux Painting on this building.
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From Montalcino, we drove to Pienza. Pienza produced two popes, Pope Pius the II and his nephew Pope Pius the III.   It also was used for a few scenes as a “location” in the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” starring Diane Lane. Diane Lane gets divorced, moves to Cortona, Italy and rehabilitates an old villa looking for the answers to life and love. So, we took some photos of the locations used in the movie.

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Church Pope Pius II built.
Church Pope Pius II built.
Church built by  Pope Pius III
Church built by
Pope Pius III

From Pienza, we drove to Montalpulciano. The scenery between these two towns is like a postcard. Unlike northern Tuscany, which is green rolling hills and vineyards; southern Tuscany is brown and green rolling hills with mostly crops of wheat, corn, hay and some scattered vineyards and olive orchards.

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This is the well from the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" (UTS)
This is the well from the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” (UTS)
The Flag waving scene from UTS took place in front of this church.
The Flag waving scene from UTS took place in front of this church.
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Finally, we drove to Cortona to spend the night, but ended up spending two nights.   The villa used by Hollywood in the Under the Tuscan Sun movie is located in Cortona and of course we had to take photos of it.

4 thoughts on “September 7, 2014… Almost Feels like Home!!

    • You’re very welcome!!! We are glad to have you as a follower! We are really looking forward to Kevin and Louise visiting on Saturday! We are looking for our Paris apartment right now, for our last 14 days of our trip. If you know of one, that is fantastic, let us know! Rita

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  1. I was rolling with laughter when I read about the trip up the mountain and Rita’s white knuckles and queezy stomach…..sounds like me. I don’t know that I could of ventured up the hill to the restaurant. Tom and I have been getting in some great tennis as well, would love to get hooked up with you peeps on the court. Lauren cheered her first game at Purdue, there were approx. 65,000 in attendance (they had a battle of the bands with the area high schools). Exciting times, Paige and I enjoyed the tailgating and watching sissy cheer. she has to share a stunt partner because her guy quit (bummer). Keep her in your prayers, she is struggling with the missing home, hope she gets over it soon – it is hard to see her unhappy, she needs to buck it up though 🙂
    Lots of love, safe travels and ENJOY that wine festival 🙂
    Mary Didier

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    • Mary,
      Saw all the pics on FB about Lauren and her first Football game, she was great! Give her some time, and also some space. Maybe you can try to stay away from her (except for games, of course) and make her stay at Purdue without coming home for awhile, to help her “fit in” at Purdue and it will force her to get involved in the campus life. I also think a little separation from Mom and Dad’s strings are always good for them. It’s harder on us, as parents to do that, but it usually works. We are looking forward to our guests and the wine fest! We’ll be home before you know it. Rita

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