Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…


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Montefalco…

I ran across pictures from two small towns that we visited last October in Umbria. Not far from Trevi and not very far apart, they could be visited on the same day. Lunch in the first one, Montefalco, and gelato in the second, Bevagna. Montefalco with red wine and peregrine falcons, may have been TM’s favorite small town we visited. He came home, anyway, with two posters for his cave (I do not know how he did it…not a single wrinkle). The posters celebrate the yearly wine festival.

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Peregrines were everywhere…the center of the town square, sewer covers, backs of chairs and benches, and shutters…

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Shots of the town on a beautiful, drizzly day, (we didn’t actually spot any real falcons)…

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The beautiful San Francesco church with its frescos from the 1450’s is the town’s museum…

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Hercules…

 

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In the restaurant where we ate lunch the cook created the “mixed grill” right in front of us…I can still conjure up the aroma…

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The next post will be Bevagna with its Roman mosaics.

 


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Monte Oliveto Maggiore

Our Untours leader in Tuscany (Harriet Gussoni) had us meet her for an orientation and lunch at the abbey called Monte Oliveto Maggiore. We were then given a tour of the inside of the monastery and its incredible frescoes. The restaurant was entered through a drawbridge with a Della Robbia sculpture as a greeting.

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Harriet giving us driving and hill town tips for the week.

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This was the most interesting plant growing out of the brick wall started by a seed blown into a crack.

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Creating this beautiful flower-the flower of the caper plant.

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After a lunch that included pane dei Santi and vin santo, we walked down the hill to the monastery.

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Constructed in the 15th century it includes this loggia.

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Inside the arches are frescoes that depict the life and work of Bernard Tolomei who founded the order in 1319. The frescoes were created by Luca Signorelli and Sodoma.

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Pictures were allowed and we were close to them but I am only going to share some charming snippets.

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Benedict leaving home.

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This is thought to be a self portrait of the artist, Sodoma.

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We also saw the refectory.

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The library.

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And the church.

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Which has a choir covered in wood inlaid stalls.

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A mosaic done in 1980 of Benedict created by a member of the community.

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A closer view of the modern statue in the courtyard.

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And another Della Robbia as we passed out through the 16th century drawbridge.

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