Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Week in Toscano 2006

From Rome it was off to our one week stay
in Monticchiello.
Barbara was waiting at the hilltop village gates.
The village sits looking towards Pienza,
between Montepulciano and Montalcino.

Next year we hope to return in October.
Siena, San Gimignano and Florence.
Hello again.

The only way in to Monticchiello

Teatro Povero di Monticchiello
For more than twenty years the company of the Teatro Povero of Monticchiello; a village perched on one of the hills surrounding Pienza, stages a particularly interesing experience of life and culture.
The local inhabitants, in fact, from the last week in July for almost all of August give their daily performances in the main square. The drama enacted is written directed and staged by them alone, who also create the music and scenery.
During the past few years the performances "recited" in the typical Val d'Orcia dialect; have been divided in two parts, the first enacting experiences of peasant life during the first half of the 20th century, the second dramatising themes of current events.
The theatrical experience of the people of Monticchiello though having had a popular or folk origin has become a significant example of "making" theatre in Italy enjoying public acclaim and critical approval. 


  1. Beautiful photos, and fascinating to learn about the people of Monticchiello and their annual drama. What an amazing example of civic cooperation.

    1. When we stayed there we ate at the resturaunt at the gates on two occasions. It was excellent. First time we had truffles.

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    1. Craig - it really is as much of Tuscany is. Back there next year for sure.


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