PH: Beautiful Umbria
Birthday party in Italy
In May 2015, the pretty Tuscan town of Cortona was turned upside down by the arrival of a group of Americans from Chicago, led by Mr Chuck and his lovely wife Fortunee.
The couple chose to come to Tuscany with a group of their friends to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary as well as Chuck’s 80th birthday…at this point you are probably wondering “so what’s the big deal?” well let me tell you, this was no ordinary party!
The couple arrived in Tuscany on the 15th of May, that evening they had a dinner in the lovely villa they were staying in, set in the countryside just outside Cortona. A singer entertained them whilst they relaxed and enjoyed a Tuscan meal and some great Tuscan wine.
On the Saturday the group donned medieval costumes and headed to the beautiful hilltop town of Cortona where the local historical group was waiting for them with drums and flags in hand. The drummers opened the procession that made it’s way through the cobbled streets into the main square where flag throwers entertained not only the group led by Fortunee and Chuck, but all those who happened to be in town on such a splendid day.
An aperitif with cheeses, cold cuts and all sorts of great food was set up within a courtyard, the group spent a couple of hours in this area eating, drinking and enjoying the day before heading to dinner in an arched cloister: long wooden tables decorated with candles had been set up here and a delicious medieval themed banquet took place for the happy couple and all of their guests who were also treated to a fire show and some great soul and funky music.
The next evening, everyone dressed up again, this time as ancient Romans, and headed into Cortona for a toga party that had been arranged in a restaurant set up on a terrace overlooking the main square.
What a great way to spend a weekend! Don’t you think?