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May 11, 2016 - Goodbye to Norcia, on to Assisi

We are in Norica, if you ever come to Italy, put Norcia on your list. This, after Rome, has been the place to take a breath, to see Italy and the people. When I was young, my Italian grandparents spoke no English, my grandmother, nonna grasped a few words, but my grandfather, nonno, refused to speak English, so I had to speak Italian, I was young, I spoke and understood, because that’s what you do. Sadly my mother, who really wanted to be Italian, was Swedish, and although she did evolve and learn to speak Italian, at home there was only...

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Italy revisited 2016

May 10, 2016 - Ciao Roma to Norcia

We are in Norcia, it is peaceful and beautiful here. We left the crazy and wonderful city of Rome yesterday and took a long 5 hour drive through the mountains. Lot’s of little tiny towns hanging on hills, and George managed to find the curvy roads going up to the tree line. Unlike Toscany, which has great open spaces and rolling hills, Umbria, or at least the part we traveled through, lots of mountains and trees, so views were limited, but we managed to see the highest waterfall in Italy from a corner of the road, drove through amazingly...

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Jun 16, 2015 - Piano Grande

June 16 : Well it wasn't pretty, and it wasn't quite the way we planned it, but we did reach our destination today deep into the Monti Sibillini Park and the Piano Grande. This was meant to be a trail up the mountain that was just very challenging in elevation change but ended up being an exercise in frustration, where we actually made 3 different route attempts on the hill but lost the trail each time in a tangle of overgrowth in the forest. Turns out our hosts hadn't actually hiked this trail recently. 2 weeks of hiking and not a mishap...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Nocinerie and Tortufati

We look out onto rolling fog through the hills today and have the ponchos ready but manage to stay dry all day on our hike. Anna in Preci packs us a picnic lunch and we meander down from the hilltop town, just so we can spend the next hour climbing up out of the valley. Birdsong accompanies us and as usual, the cuckoo calls remind us how crazy we are some days. Our reward after this is a special visit to the Abbey of San Eutizio, nestled in its own little valley. Eutizio was a hermit in the 6th century and the Abbey was built on the site...

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Sep 15, 2011 - Swine is Divine

We all got up early to get Sonya to the station to go to Pisa. Off to Norica (aka in our house - Pig City).  This town is famous for it's meat.    Sandy is dying to go the market they have there every week. The drive into Norcia was nice.  Found a good parking place right by the Roman arch.  Wandered into town.  It's not a big town but it must have 30 butcher shops, each with a boar's head hanging on the wall outside.  We went to the market which was right outside the wall.  Not exactly what I expected.  More like a flea market with two...

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Aimee's Italy 2011

Sep 2, 2005 - Week Nine

August 27th (Gary) A very slow start and an even easier day, we did eventually make it into Bologna for a few hours, nice place to walk round but somehow not overly memorable, other than a full on Italian arm waving, finger pointing, male hissy fit of an argument at the supermarket tills. Twenty minutes later as we left the Carabanieri police had arrived and were also getting stuck in to the showdown at till six. To round off the day we spent another great evening wandering the stalls, stages and bars of the FestUnita show. Interestingly we...

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