Espresso in enamel cup
Sosta del Papa
Barberino Val d'Elsa
Stopping by the roadside
6 August 2014
Images and Text © by Merisi
The true story behind Pope Pius VII's "coffee stop":
"La Sosta del Papa is a small hamlet of Barberino Val d'Elsa,
located on the street Via Cassia state just before with the municipal boundary with Poggibonsi.
Known locally as the piss of the Pope took the name from a curious and fun fact of daily life
that saw, in spite of himself, Pope Pius VII on June 2 1813.
It is said that the Pope, during the long journey to Rome back from France
where he had been deported by order of Napoleon Bonaparte,
were caught in this area by a sudden physiological need."
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