The Englishwoman sees miracles and winged beasts in Ostra Vetere

We followed our own good advice and arrived in Ostra Vetere at about 10 or 10.30, while it was still lively. It is a pleasant small town with a welcoming atmosphere.
We soon found ourselves in the main piazza which was quite delightful. It is dominated by the former cloister of the church of San Francesco, in Piazza della Liberta, which is now a meeting place for old people where they can chat and play with their grandchildren.

Ostra Vetere: ex-cloister of San Francesco

Ostra Vetere: ex-cloister of San Francesco

Ostra Vetere: ex-cloister of San Francesco, another view

Ostra Vetere: ex-cloister of San Francesco

The cloisters are decorated with frescoes – photos below.

Ostra Vetere ex-cloister of San Francesco; part of a series of frescoes of Franciscan miracles.

Ostra Vetere ex-cloister of San Francesco; part of a series of frescoes of Franciscan miracles.

Ostra Vetere ex-cloister of San Francesco; another miracle

Ostra Vetere ex-cloister of San Francesco; another miracle

Ostra Vetere ex-cloister of San Francesco; another miracle this time performed by St Francis himself, judging by his appearance

Ostra Vetere ex-cloister of San Francesco; another miracle this time performed by St Francis himself, judging by his appearance

Ostra Vetere ex-cloister of San Francesco; St Francis performs another miracle

Ostra Vetere ex-cloister of San Francesco; St Francis performs another miracle

Ostra Vetere ex-cloister of San Francesco; an angel appears to St Francis

Ostra Vetere ex-cloister of San Francesco; an angel appears to St Francis

There is also a caffè in the piazza, though you can’t sit outside in summer in the earlier part of the morning as the sun is too strong. We coincided with the visit of the greengrocer’s van and bought some local tomatoes. They were ok, but generally tomatoes were a bit disappointing this August – any comments, Giulia (Valle Nuova)?

Walking uphill from the piazza, we passed this fine portal.

Ostra Vetere; church of San Severo; 13th century portal from the church of San Francesco del Mercatale

Ostra Vetere; church of San Severo; 13th century portal from the church of San Francesco del Mercatale

Details of the portal are shown below.

Ostra Vetere; church of San Severo; 13th century portal detail with winged beast

Ostra Vetere; church of San Severo; 13th century portal detail with winged beast

Continued in Ostra Vetere Part 2

About An Englishwoman in Italy

I have a holiday home in Corinaldo in the province of Ancona in the Marche region of Italy. I have been going there since 1993 and would like to share my love and experience of the area. I speak Italian. Ho una casa di villeggiatura a Corinaldo nella provincia di Ancona, Regione Marche. Frequento Corinaldo da 1993 e desidero condividere i miei affetto e esperienza della zona con gli altri. Gli italiani sono sinceramente invitati a correggere gli sbagli.
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