Impressions of Montisi 2017

Impressions of Montisi 2017 by Ann Lippincott   One of the aspects of traveling that we most cherish is the opportunity to go off trail and behind the veil – to glimpse local life from an emic or insider perspective. We were fortunate to be provided that opportunity on this trip when we were invited to a Contrada Dinner (cena) in Montisi. The hosting Contrada, Castello, is one of four Contrade in this hilltop hamlet of fewer than 400 residents. While the translation doesn’t adequately reflect the concept, Contrade are neighborhoods. However, they are more. Each Contrada is responsible...

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