|St. Patrick's day = Day trip to Perugia
Land of chocolate, olive oil, and wine.
This little town is a great place for day trippin' from Rome. It's an ancient Etruscan city with amazing hill country views and pretty chocolates. We didn't really know what were going to do once we got there except get a cappuccino asap because we woke up at 5:45am to catch the 7am train there!
Let's Go Italy was a big help to this day trip. We used it to tour some of the 14th-15th century churches and Etruscan land marks and led ourselves to a great Enoteca (wine bar/shop). We purchased some wines of the region to share at some other special moment in Italy and headed off to lunch. This little place we had lunch at rivals my favorite Jewish Ghetto ristorante, hard for me to admit. I won't go into detail because I know you all are sick of hearing me talk about food, but seriously, come to Italy and then try not to talk about it.
Unfortunately, it was a colder day, but this didn't stop us from climbing to the top of Porta San Angelo tower and ascending to the bottom of the Etruscan well. We packed our day full of sightseeing and artisan choclate buying at the beautiful Sandri's Paticceria.
I discovered my favorite church so far. It was built with recycled columns and wood from pagan temples. Everything inside is made from the Earth and gives off a peacefull feeling. The church has a circular structure which is more common of pagan temples and lacking in the usual gold mosaics or detailed frescos. This might be why I like it so much, straight from the earth and simple.
We unfortunately didn't get to see the Etruscan Crypts beneath St. Peter's Basilica, but I will return!
Ciao for now...