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Oct 5, 2017 - The long road to Rome

After our lunch of pici pasta with pecorino cheese and black pepper ( in Umbria they have Pecorino cheese, and Toscana they have parmesan cheese) we did not need much dinner. So after arriving in Orvieto, we set out walking again. A lot of touristy shop, and a piazza opposite the cathedral was the perfect spot for an evening drink and some proscuitto and melon. The sun set and offered a delightful opportunity for a photo shoot of the cathedral. Orvieto is sitting on top of a volcanic hill. There are many, many underground tunnels carved out...

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Oct 3, 2017 - The last walk

Our final walk was 14kms from Montelcino. We passed through some stunning areas. Some forests, where mountain bikers ride, encountering a fork in the oath that caused some concern about which direction to tak - see photo. Only one up hill mistake today. We walked on unsealed roads called white roads. These can vary between reasonable to challenging with larger rocks. Thank goodness we had our snazzy walking poles. Lots of wild flowers and berries seen on the pathside. Some steep climbs, and steep descents. Even a tiny snake on the...

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Oct 13, 2015 - Montalcino to Orvieto

Another later start, 8:45, had us walking out of Montalcino and heading uphill, of course, on our last walk. This is not part of the Francigena Way but Salvatore tells us that it is a beautiful walk. I have to report that he is correct. Although the surface is the usual mixture of asphalt road, gravel path, muddy track and stony trail the walk passes through magnificent stands of oak forest with a few undulations (this is Tuscany after all) but with more sections which follow ridge lines giving us glimpses of great views. With our...

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May 27, 2015 - Rome - Orvieto - Tuscany

This morning we didn't have to leave the hotel until 7.45am which was nice and civilised. We left Rome and drove to Orvietto, a picturesque little town with an enormous and beautiful church. We caught the funicular up the steep mountain and then a shuttle bus the rest of the way to the top. We had time to wander the streets and have another pasta lunch and then it was off to Tuscany and our stay for 2 nights - Montecantini. Our hotel is so nice and it looks like all the rooms have just finished being renovated. We have a bedroom and lounge...

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Jan 16, 2015 - Orvieto - Hilltop Town

The countryside is changing. We've gone from the winding coastal mountain roads, down to the flatter inland areas & now into the rolling hills of Tuscany. Quite some contrasts. At least we had a couple of days of relatively straight & level roads & the diesel price has dropped considerably. We have seen a range now from €1.23/ltr up to €1.55/ltr. One small problem today when I mistook a diversion sign for a keep left sign only to find five miles down the road that it was in fact closed. So it was back five miles venting a few expletives...

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Jul 30, 2014 - Andiamo

Today was a travel day from Rome to the villa that we will be staying at in Tuscany. To break up the 4 hour bus ride we stopped at a small town 2.5 hours out of called Orvieto. A stark contrast to Rome, Orvieto is like any other small town in the Italian countryside with one exception. The one exception is that Orvieto has a magnificent Duomo at top of the hill on which it is built. This duomo was built because Orvieto was chosen to be the papal residence should Rome ever come under siege, which meant the duomo must be fitting for the Holy...

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Cascianis Go Home

Sep 29, 2012 - Chivita

We had the morning free so we chose to do handwash and work on our photos and blog. After lunch in our room we set out to see more of this town [Or vee ate o] on our own. It's nice...some good views of the surrounding countryside. At 3:00 we were driven to see the tiny Etruscan hilltop village of Civita [Cha vee tah] with its population of 14! It sits atop a tufa bluff that is eroding. To our surprise the Univ. of Washington is studying this problem of cliff sections sliding off, taking rooms and houses as they go. It was a serious 45 min....

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Sep 28, 2012 - Ceramics factory & Estate winery

In the small city of Deruta we visited a ceramics factory and were very impressed by their extensive line of products and workmanship for such a small facility. I was fascinated watching the 11 painters hand paint all the designs. After seeing the demonstration of the steps involved in making the pieces we roamed the shop admiring everything. Not too much different from the Delft factory Ivan and I saw last month but these items were all so colorful and some of the vases were huge! As we left we each were given a gift of a tiny votive...

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Jul 21, 2012 - Orvieto Classico!

Thursday, July 19th We left Borgo di Vagli after saying our reluctant goodbyes to the wonderful staff and our beloved little cottage. We vowed to return and indeed we have booked it tentatively next year for mid July hoping to bring a couple with us to enjoy this enviable Tuscan lifestyle. We planned to drive to Orvieto today and stay over for one night. Crossing into Umbria we travelled at a leisurely pace admiring the rolling fields of sunflowers and the cypress lined white roads leading to stately winery estates. We planned to stop at...

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May 3, 2012 - Chilling in Umbria; Resting up for the march on Rome

Today we took a day off. We passed on the trip into Orvieto that was offered this morning and chose to rest and read instead. I spent a lot of time updating to prepare for Rome. We had lunch at the restaurant—we took almost three hours for lunch and lingered long. This evening we will have dinner here, then pack up again to go to Rome tomorrow.

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May 2, 2012 - From Tuscany to Umbria and the churchs of the saints, then to Paradise

Today is a trip to Assisi then to an agriturismo, a bed and breakfast/winery near Orvieto. We got up early and left our hotel under the bright sunshine (Under the Tuscan Sun—get it?). We are on our way to Assisi to visit the haunts of St. Francis and his female counterpart St. Claire. But on the way we passed some stunning Tuscan countryside, a small sample of which I photographed. In Assisi we had two different places to go. We started in lower Assisi at the Basilica St. Mary of the Angels in Porziuncola. Los Angeles is named for this...

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Sep 21, 2011 - More Naked Buff Men (bet you read this one)

Another grand adventure.  Today we are head (yes, a bit late) to Orvieto.  I'm very excited, I haven't been here.  On the map it didn't look too far but Sandy had warned me about the mountain roads so we told Thomas to take us the toll roads.  It took about an hour and half to get there.  This time, no Autogrill stop.  We stopped at the Happy Chef.  Very clean, very nice, very happy. Orvieto is a rather impressive hill town.  The hill is particularly impressive.  We climb and climb to find the parking lot by the escalators.  Thank goodness...

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Aimee's Italy 2011

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