Monday, November 7, 2011

Under the Tuscan Sun

We went up to Fiesole one sunny morning, looking for George Emerson in a field of flowers. We didn't find him, but we did find some very cool Roman & Etruscan ruins: an amphiteatre, baths, and a Roman temple built atop an Etruscan one. There were a couple of small (very well-behaved!) school groups there at the same time, and I thought: how cool is that, to have something like this in your back yard for field trips? It would make history lessons so much more interesting! We also watched a group do a recital of sorts for their chaperone,  standing in a line at centre "stage"...which we watched while sitting on 2000+ year-old seats, and thought: I wonder how many times these stones have seen something like that? Then we spent a couple of hours climbing around the grounds and getting a sunburn.

Then we had lunch: a picnic of pizza, pears, pecorino, and pastries. Perfect!

Amphiteatre (we never did figure out which pile of stones was the vomitorium...sad!):

The baths (I believe the arches were the entrance to the latrines.)

Temple: Etruscan altar:

Temple ruins:

From the hill top, baths: 
And amphitheatre: 

Olives! From a tree! And here I thought they came from a bucket at the Italian deli...

And finally, lunch!

1 comment:

kmkat said...

I haven't commented before, but I am enjoying your Italian trip immensely. Thanks for all the photographs and descriptions and for sharing with us.