Thursday, November 4, 2010

Cielo Chiaro Vistas, Part 2

Now, I wanted to put up a few more pics of Cielo Chiaro, our house here in San Marino (which isn’t even really a cluster of houses, but a loose designation for a rural neighborhood on the top of a hill), but I don’t want it to seem like I’m saying “nah-nah-nah, look at our Italian house.” Really, I just want my mom (and Nat’s mom) to realize that we’re not in a complete Italian remote ruralness, and that we do have a charming house, with running water, and some grounds to walk the hounds on in the morning. With that, here’s a look at the hounds (that’s Sookie and Rory, if you’ve forgotten) regular hang out space, which is a big, about twenty-five yard-square fenced-in area (Andrew and Marianne put up a new fence before we got here) that they run around (you can see them barely in this pic):
Out the back gate of Sookie and Rory’s yard you can see a view (this is a long view) of the pool (sadly closed, but we walk around it every day), and the long yard, and a little of the top yard (notice the many olive trees):
Beneath the pool is another yard, and the little house, which used to be a pig shed (really), but now is almost rentable and a really sweet little one-bedroom number with new fixtures (you can see it through the trees here):
Back up at the house, here’s a view through one of the front windows into the dining room and living room (you can’t really see the complete living room area, but I liked the view through the window):
In the living room, we have a little wood-burning stove, which we’ve utilized almost every night since mid-October. It reminds me a lot of growing up on old farmhouses back in Kansas (buying old farmhouses seemed to be the family addiction for a few years), when sometimes during ice storms electricity would go out, and we’d only have the wood-burning stove for heat. Here, our electricity is fine, but expensive, and the stove is so warm and homey:
All that fire can make you thirsty though, which is why it’s nice we have a full, handy, cute, kitchen close by:
Of course, the kitchen is also necessary for all those Cielo Chiaro specials we’ve been cooking up.

PS: Want to stay in Cielo Chiaro your-own-self (after we've gone, that is)? Check out the Cielo Chiaro page on the Amici Villas site.


  1. Nice place to film a video. I'll be there Sunday.

  2. The booze is chilling and the extra bedroom is ready. Not to mention that we'll order an extra pizza for you from Bar Fizz, so as you don't have to drink on an empty stomach.