ISU Alumni College in Chianti in a Tuscan Villa

Marcialla & The Villa Tavolese


Above left: Bell tower of St. Mary's church in Marcialla, a town of about 400 people. (That's Larry in the shadows right under the sign. Top right: Mary in the town square. Bottom right: Our campus director, Ines Becerra (in profile; pony tail with white overblouse), takes us on a brief tour of Marcialla (one grocery store, one card shop, one bakery, one fabric shop, two banks -- one only open two mornings a week!).

The Villa Tavolese

Top left: Entrance to the Villa Tavolese (I wonder who put his socks out to dry??). Top & middle right: The Villa's terrace & pool (with lovely roses). Below left: Distinctive Italian geraniums.

The Magnificent View!

Above left: Sentinel cypress loom against the evening sky (that small squarish object in the biggest gap is the castle 3 miles away where we had our "graduation ceremonies." Above right: Path leading to olive trees next to the Villa's patio.

Below: Two views from the Villa Tavolese. On a clear day you could see the 14 towers of San Gimignano on a hill across the Elsa Valley.

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