End of summer trip

map of marche The weather has changed in the last 10 days. The temperature has dropped by about 10 degrees and the nights are cooler. Television has news of students preparing to return to school and here in San Giorgio the comune is making final arrangements for the evening classes beginning in October.So we decided to have an end of summer trip with Elizabeth who lives in Cabarnardi. We decided to do a round trip from Cabarnardi to Matelica, San Severino, Cingoli and home. We left Cabarnardi at 9.45 and stopping on route for a coffee and brioche we arrived in Matelica at 10.45. We immediately went to the Museo Piersanti. This resident of Matelica had worked as secretary to 6 popes in the 18th century and the museum displays his personal collections of pictures, bric a brac etc. Very interesting collection set in Piersanti’s house, complete with kitchen on the top floor. Well worth the visit. After our spot of culture we had an “aperitivo” in a local bar and as Matelica is famous for its white wine this is what we had.
san severino

Leaving Matelica we took a short detour to Braccano which had, according to the guide, “brightly painted house fronts – works of art provided by artists from the academies of the Milan, Urbino, Macerata. Very disappointing. Small murals on the walls looking very much like work done by 2nd year art students.

We travelled onto San Severino where we had lunch in a bar overlooking the beautiful elliptical piazza. We also noticed how many young Italians smoked as we were forced to move seats as the tables either side were occupied by young people stopping for a drink during the only rain shower of the day. From the lower town of San Severino we then drove up to the “Castle” which consists of a church with a tower, the tallest medieval clock tower in the Marche – both leaning towards each other, a cemetery and a hotel but with nice views over the lower town.

From San Severino we went towards Cingoli, stopping on route for a coffee. Cingoli was very beautiful having famous views over the countryside – its called the “balcony of the Marche”. The town centre was very attractive and made up for the disappointment of not seeing inside two churches – one closed and the other open but the picture we wanted to see was covered by a screen.

By this time it was 4.30 and so we travelled back to Cabernardi via the Lago di Cingoli – a beautiful resovoir and reached Carbarnardi at 5.30 where Elizabeth had prepared one of her simple suppers – carponata, beans and salami, saltimboca with roast potatoes, almond tart.

It was a great day out, great way to end the summer and start to enjoy the autumn.

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