Saturday, January 3, 2009

Goodfood in Italy Part 5: Piazza Del Campo at night

"I want to arrive in Siena at night, penniless and alone,
sleep next to some wellspring and be the first to enter
Piazza Del Campo in the morning"
Albert Camus

I did not manage to be the first to enter Il Campo in the morning,
but to Albert Camus I ask:
Have you walked round and round the Il Campo late on
a January night when the tourists are all gone save for a
couple kissing under the Tower, the cold air throbbing in
your brain, the grand intimacy of the majestic piazza
breaking your heart,
when you cared a damn,
and came dangerously close to burning out the candle ?

And did you soon realise that it was a momentary lapse,
that it was the Vin Santo you had with your dinner that
was muddling your brain, that it was probably indigestion
from all the pasta that was stirring your heart, and that
like a good Bengali boy you had to go to bed, because,
son, it is late and it is cold.

Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura
ché la diritta via era smarrita.
Midway upon the journey of life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward path had been lost
Dante, Inferno

Goodfood in Italy series so far
Piazza Del Campo at night
The Colours of Siena
Chef Vincenzo's Ragu Bolognese
Positano, Amalfi coast and John Steinbeck
Making Limoncello in Positano

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