Saturday, 28 April 2012

Popping Up in Poppi

Wednesday we went for a walkabout-driveabout from the villa over to the nearby town of Poppi, set up on a hill overlooking the surroundings plains. I was getting nervous twitches from seeing all the cyclists out on the roads but mostly managed to keep it together. Poppi is in the province of Arezzo approximately 40km east of Florence. It is set on the top of a hill that overlooks the Casentino valley.

There is a small hexagonal shaped church in the center of town called the Church of the Madonna del Morbo. It is very small but contains several important paintings.  Walking down the street towards the other main church, Church of Saints Marco and Lorenzo, you pass under elegant arches with very narrow alleyways turning off the main street.
It wouldn't be Italy without beautiful towns/villages and steep alleys throughout the old city. Quite a different look here compared to what we've become accustomed to in Greek towns.
Little Fiats are everywhere, and the one one the left made our Fiat Punto in Greece seem like a semi-truck in comparison! Lots of narrow alleyways that we couldn't figure out whether they were pedestrian only or if cars actually try to drive through them - likely the latter!
The most important structure is the Castello dei Conti Guidi built in 1191.