Pitigliano by day...The beautiful town vista. Geez they could build. This - the old part of town - was constructed centuries ago.
Exploring the township of Pitigliano
Family visits in Pitigliano and San Valentino
Trying to stay dry
Catching up with family
Enjoying the slow paced friendliness of the local shopkeepers
A vast contrast to Rome - when you enter a shop in Pitigliano (or any of the small Tuscan towns) it is mandatory to have some small talk. This is true even if you are the only one in the store or if there is a queue. When we went to the fruit shop - we were third in line to be serrved - and there were others queuing up behind us. We all had to wait as the person being served updated the fruit man on how her mother was and whether her leg was better etc.
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CanteenasCanteenas are storage spaces (kinda like caves) built in to the side of the hill. Each family has one - typically rented. Used to store wine, vegetables and meats - they are kinda like a giant fridge/pantry.
Street in the old townMost of the places are quite modern inside - but very small. Access to this part of town is by Ape (Pronounced Arpey) only. Which are the cool little 3 wheel utes with a motor bike entry.
Fireworks for saleNew Years seems to be a bigger event than Christmas here. Lot's of DIY firework events.
Creme CatalinaA dessert treat made by cousin Rosana at her restaurant. The flames are kicked off by Grappa which then starts to burn the brown sugar on top. What's left is a hard sugar crust and then custard.
Christmas shoppingSome Christmas shopping in Pitigliano. The shops open at 10am-1pm, then re-open at 4pm and close around 7.30pm.