Umbrellas in Spring June 10, 2014 / Local InterestPasso di Cerventosa, Tuscany The umbrella: a most necessary item when travelling through Italy at this time of year. Particularly useful when crossing from the Val Tiberina over the hills and dales (Tuscan pre-Apennines, to be exact) that literally drop you onto Cortona and the Val di Chiana below. It is spring time after all, and it does obviously rain as the area is lush and cool. It makes sense to carry one along in the car, but not for the reasons you think. Keep an eye out when you cross one of the many stone bridges over streams. You will often find cerase… trees bearing small, delicious, bitter wild cherries, growing naturally along the banks. Just out of reach, of course. Lucky you brought that umbrella… by GB Bernardini Editor, Italian Notebook 13 Responses to “Umbrellas in Spring” Frank June 16, 2009 I look forward to “The Italian Notebook” each day. I get such pleasure of reading about our rich cultural heritage, especially when it involves Sicily…………….. Reply Sylvia Flores June 16, 2009 I agree with Frank above….the stories and pictures are breathtaking, as they fill me with more wonder and anticipation. I always look forward to my next visit. Thanks so much! Sylvia Reply Bob Connelly June 16, 2009 Wonderful imagery. Plus the beautiful photos. Reply Taube Ponce June 10, 2014 The Italian Notebook notes allow me to imagine myself into the beauty, tastes, sights and sounds of Italy. Not as good as being there, but the best I can do for now. I am so grateful for it all! Reply Ann Waggoner June 10, 2014 Wonderful pictures! We will be back in September. Can’t wait! Reply David Bridges June 10, 2014 My wife and I have eaten cherries like those when we were living in Tuscany. They are not sweet but they are quite tasty. Reply Rae June 10, 2014 Charming! Thanks, GB. Well done! Reply Allan Mahnke June 10, 2014 È molto utile quel ombrello! Reply Sylvia Campagna Harris June 10, 2014 Since I cannot travel to Italy anymore, Notebook gives me un viaggio to Itaiia every day. Grazie mille! Reply Andrew Underwood June 10, 2014 We live in the next valley north. Umbrellas are usually useful for parachuting off Monte Genezzo or Castel Giudeo as it can be just a little windy up here! The Republic Day walks used to be held from Portole up and over the Francescan mule path to Teverina but the walkers got fed up with arriving for their pasta and porcetta pannino suffering from hypothermia. They have now moved to walk into the valley below Cortona! Reply CeciliaBelenardo June 11, 2014 Love Italian Notebook,look forward to it each day. Makes me want to return to my favorite places in Italy. Reply bernadette higgins June 16, 2014 Along with others, I too love all things Italian and dream of the day that I can return and live in this beautiful country of my ancestors. I look forwrard each day of the week for my “notes” to enjoy and keep me connected with those who love Italy as I do. I would love to buy your mystery novel The Revenge of the Milanese Butcher but do not have a Kindle. My ebook is a Nook from Barnes & Nobel. Is there any other format that will be available in the near future such as paperback or additional ebook venues like mine? Reply Marianna Raccuglia July 23, 2014 Thank you for your many articles-each one so interesting and so well written. Don’t stop! Reply Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Comment Related Notes Mozzafiato Lenticchie di Castelluccio Mozzafiato Majesty of il Piano Grande The Italian Dolomites, Summer and Winter An Explosion of Flora and Fauna in May!