Places to Go

Buie…

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We have been in Matterada for over a week, and in to Umago several times, but we haven`t really stopped to visit the small city of Buie which is actually closer to home …

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I have been in the town many times (this is where we found emergency antibiotics on our last trip for Miss G.`s sudden ear infection…) but I have never really explored.  We make the most of our discovered time today and take a walk – bottom to top, including the old church where Nonno Benedetto had his confirmation so many years ago, and discovered some amazing history along the way.

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The first place we found was the old cemetery, fallen into ruins but incredibly beautiful and with panoramic views out to the Adriatic…

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…framed by fragments of windows and wall from centuries ago:

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Our next visit was to the Church of St. Mary of Mercy, built about 500 years ago…

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…and then we took the longest, windiest route we could find to the main square at the highest point of the town…

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…with a beautiful medieval campanile…

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(a venetian lion, of course…)

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…and then the phenomenal church – St. Servelus, built in 1272, on the remains of a Roman temple.

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Here is St. Servelus himself – and one of his great friends (St. Sebastian…)

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…fragments of roman history…

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After investigating every inch of the main square we wound our way down the hill again in search of shade and a place to play…

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…stopping to photograph the windows along the way..

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…and maybe an antique car or two – another family scavenger hunt item…

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…until we found the perfect park to pass some time!

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At the bottom of the hill below Buie there are acres of sunflower fields – I can never take enough photos of them…

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We stop to visit cousin Maria only long enough to take a picture or two in her front garden – it is beautiful enough to feel like a park.  (Really!  This is her yard!)

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To end our day we drive through Carsete – the bells from their campanile can be heard in Matterada and add an extra layer to the ringing of the hours.  (This is one of the things I miss the most now that we are home…)

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Our very last stop is the tiny but perfectly formed town of Verteneglio – it has everything you would want in a perfect getaway: restaurants, shops, quiet places to pass the time…

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Verteneglio is also the home of G. Junior`s favourite church – it is his favourite colour!

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We ended our day of exploration at home with dinner barbecued by the talented Mr.Martini… Does the meat taste better here or are our appetites inspired by the air and activity? We are lucky to have crostille and conversation with the talented baker Ciana – (where does Mr.M. put all that food?) And then before bed: Ciana’s homemade palacinke (with nutella!) and MORE ice cream. The kids are in heaven.  We all are in heaven – and so grateful that our trip has only just begun.  Tomorrow: Venice!

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