A visit to “The Balcony of Marche”

LOCATION: Housesitting in Cingoli, Italy

WEATHER: Sunny and warm in AM. Rain in PM. High 60

Today’s agenda was to visit the actual town of Cingoli. Our housesit is about 7kms from there, out in the country. Cingoli is a medieval hilltop top, built in the 1300s as a walled city. Set atop one of the region’s mountains, it provided protection from invaders.

It is called the “Balcony of Marche” (the name of this province). It truly lives up to its name, as we climbed a steep, winding road up to the city.

We strolled around the city, full of huge walls.

The doors and windows are ancient, and beautiful.

We stopped for a panini lunch at a cute pub, then continued our stroll around the city.

This beautiful courtyard was tucked away down a narrow alley

The high point of the day was meeting this old guy. As we were walking down a street, we said “Buongiorno”. Surprisingly enough, he could tell that we aren’t Italian! :-). He came over to us, welcomed us to beautiful, historic Cingoli, and then started asking which language we spoke. He knew a little in French, Spanish, German and English. He said he was a WWII vet, but emphasized that he did not work for Mussolini! He took us to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the valley. We could see all the way to the Adriatic Coast, and could almost make out our farm house. He told us about an earthquake that had shaken the town a few years ago. Then, he had to run catch a bus. What a hoot!!

DINNER: A nice salad with radishes, tomatoes and cucumbers, followed by leftovers — the last of the lemon chicken prepared by our homeowner on their last night here, and the peppery, cheesy pasta. I also sautéed some cauliflower, green beans and mushrooms. Again, a lovely meal paired with a 1.99 Euro (about $2.25 USD) bottle of wine, that was actually pretty good!

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