After an hour and a half car ride, 5 hour wait in the ATL airport, 9 hour flight to Rome, 5 hour wait in the Rome airport, and a 3 hour bus ride, I finally made it to Cortona! The view is nothing short of amazing, just the view from our bathroom overlooks the whole valley of Tuscany.
We had our first classes this morning, broke for a lunch in the Piazza (mozzarella, tomato, pesto and turkey sandwich), then came back for a short video followed by a foot tour of the town. The Piazza is where everyone in town congregates; restaurants, the market, wine shops, gelato, clothing stores are all located in this central area of town. We had our lunch on “The Steps” which reminded me of the not-so-catty version of Gossip Girl. Dinner was preceded by a wine tasting at a local restaurant where we have dinner every evening. Tonight we tasted a Pinot Grigio and a Brunello, which is a red wine and my personal favorite so far. Dinner was followed by a stop to the local (and one of the only) pubs, The Lion’s Well. The walk back to the dorms involves walking up a hill 4x the size of Brumby hill. I’m going to have a butt like Beyonce.