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A visit to Pietrabbondante

(a letter from Jenny to the guests who had only stayed one week and missed this visit)

Cari tutti -

Sunday dawned overcast and the Birthday Girl (!) enjoyed a festive prima colazione including a baby tiramisu with one candle on top!

Afterwards we travelled to Pietrabbondante to the Sanniti site.  This was previously thought to be the ruins of a town but is now considered more likely to have been a sacred place consisting of a large temple flanked by smaller side temples and workshops or services, with, at its centre, an arena - for plays or meetings.  All this was built on the side of a hill with a sacred bosco behind, overlooking a stunning view.  The arena is notable for its acoustic, but especially for the first three rows of seats.  Each section of these is made from one piece of stone giving a curved integral back, ergonomically supportive and sound.  There are a few examples of carvings, words and images, including the names of the patrons - one of whom went on to become a Roman senator after the Sanniti had been “taken over”.  Also a statue of Atlas.  Photos attached (courtesy of my official photographer David) show the arena with a glimpse of the setting and another of your correspondent making friends with Atlas!

jenny Piett.jpegAlessandro joined us for a super long lunch at a local agriturismo where, after a prosecco on the terrace we repaired inside as the clouds were becoming more threatening.  As we finished dining the “deluvio” started!  I have had downpours of rain on my birthday in England before but never had thunder, lightning and hail as we did on our way back to Agnone.  So we just had to finish the day with more prosecco ………!   

Must finish now as tomorrow your correspondent has to rise early and, suitably coffered and made presentable, accost various men in the Cafe Letterario to find Tim Peters, the guy who is coming to buy a house in Agnone - well someone has to look after him as Jenifer has other commitments!

We missed you all today and hope you got home safely.

Abbracci grandissimi - scriverò ancora fra poco.