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Sep 16, 2011 - La Spezia - train to Orvieto

Our experience in Orvieto has been full of wonderful surprises. First of all the hotel is incredible – we thought the hotel in La Spezia was the best with its sweeping views of the Bay of Poets but we’ve changed our minds. This hotel is even better than the promotional photos promise. When we first arrived we walked around the grounds for about two hours – it is just that interesting!! The first Abbey was built here by a Lombard noble Lady Rotruda, at the end of the 6th century around the remains of the old church, San Silvestro, which was...

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Sep 14, 2011 - Where Is The Door and Why Did Sandy Order the Salad?

Coffee.  I need coffee.  I'm afraid I'm getting addicted to the coffee  make little weird peculator at the house.  We decide we want to leave at 8:30 for Perugia so we tell Jack 8.  Jack is up in plenty of time but I am the one who is ready last.  I'd like to point out, however, I was ready exactly at the appointed time.  Time, however, means nothing at the house.  We sit around enjoying coffee and looking at the travel books.  Think we depart around 9:30. I think I'm going to drive every road in Italy before this month is through.  Driving...

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Aimee's Italy 2011

Oct 7, 2009 - Orvieto, Italy

Perched on the top of a high hill, Orvieto looms ahead and above as you approach by train. With Etruscans as its first inhabitants, it dates back to 800 B.C. The old part is on the hilltop, accessed by foot passengers by a funicular railway. The most interesting thing about Orvieto is the 1200+ man-made caves that exist under the city. They started as water well shafts dug 80 metres deep by the Etruscans and evolved over time as the earth was excavated to use as construction material for buildings. There is now a ban on all excavation for...

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Sep 18, 2009 - Orvieto

Visited Orvieto, only 30 minutes from here, but drove around an hour and a half trying to find the parking area. We toured the Duomo and found it to be a near replica of the one in Siena. It had a beautiful facade full of bright mosaics and we discovered the source of the Corpus Christi Catholic Holy Day. Ask us about the relic housed there. There was a beautiful, graphic, and somewhat scary fresco of the end of the world in one of the chapels. They really tried to get the story across for those who could not read. We were on the hunt for a...

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Sep 15, 2009 - Our Country Home in Umbria

We picked up a Ford Focus station wagon (Diesel) and headed for the A1 towards Orvieto. We found our exit at Orvieto, followed our Agriturismo's instructions and wove our way up into the mountains! We weren't sure we were ever going to get to the place. When they say Hill Towns, think Appalachian Mountains. These hills are only hills when compared to the Alps just north. We finally found our new base camp in Titignano (teetyano). We checked in to a beautiful room with a once-again commanding view of the Umbrian/Tuscan countryside. The...

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Jul 26, 2009 - Perugia to Assisi

Perugia is a huge Umbrian city, but we weren't too interested in hanging around, so after checking out the main plazas and a few very old churches, along with more amazing views, we decided to move on to Assisi.This time we are staying outside the old town at the Hotel Moderno.We are now heartily sick of bread,pasta & pizza so opted for salads at MacDonald's! This afternoon we caught a bus up into Assisi - all these old towns are perched up in the cliffs and offer incredible views of the countryside below.After wandering around for a while,...

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Jul 25, 2009 - Orvieto to Perugia

After having a good look at the fantastic panorama of views Orvieto has to offer, we went on a guided tour of Orveto's underground caves. There are 1200 known caves, all manmade & dating back to 1000 B C during the Etruscan period.To ensure a good water supply in times of siege, the Etruscans dug wells 100m deep through the solidified volcanic ash into the water table. And to ensure a plentiful food supply, they had over one km of caves,the walls pockmarked with thousands of holes used as dovecotes. The doves flew out of the caves to...

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May 22, 2009 - Orvieto - A Beautiful Hill Town

Rome – Orvieto Fri, Sat, Sun 5-22, 23, 24 – 2009 Once at the Rome airport (only about 15 minutes late) it was a lot of hurry up and wait. The plane parked out on the tarmac, so we ended up waiting 10+ minutes for steps to take us down to the shuttle busses, then another 10-15 minute wait for our luggage (thankfully both pieces showed up) and then quickly through Passport Control once again. Once we were free, our next job was to catch a train into Rome where we could transfer to our train to Orvieto, our home for the first three nights of...

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Apr 8, 2009 - Medievaled out

Tuesday 7th April. Super breakfast, just continental but fresh croissants, limitless coffee and a buffet table groaning with goodies. During today we visited four local medieval hill top towns each very different and each with its own character. We started at Trevi known for the number of its olive trees and quality of its olive oil, so famous that it has a museum specifically for it. The town would be a film makers delight as the walls are intact and all the houses are still contained within. The other three towns, Montefalco, Bavagno and...

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Apr 8, 2009 - A jolt to the system

Monday 6th April. What a night! Early in the morning we were woken by our bed shaking (if it had been on wheels it would have been travelling) and Judy shouting ‘David, stop jogging’! I think its an earth tremour, was my return through my no snore gag. After several more attempts Judy got the message and we went back to sleep. It was only the next day that the enormity of what had happened hit us. We had agreed to ring the family when Sarah rang and were able to put her mind at rest. The reason for the visit in the first place was because I...

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Mar 12, 2009 - Beautiful Tuscany

We awoke on Wednesday to a bright cloudless day and a typical continental breakfast served by a fabulously verbose waiter whose English was as good as our french but by the time we finished we knew his whole family history. Fascinating how many had lived in England! Plan for the day was to take in the local sights and to visit Bolsena. Starting at the medieval town of Montepulciano which Judy found intriguing with its steep narrow streets and the lovely craft shops. We then followed the green (showing good views) roads on the map we...

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Sep 30, 2008 - The Farms in Central Italy

Randy Leaving Florence was hard to do because it was an easy, pleasant environment for us with tons and tons of interesting stuff to see and do. Still, we’ve got our eyes on the South and the very few warm clothes we packed on this trip (2 pair of sox and a jacket each) are getting really dirty. We want warm weather! Rome was to be our next destination, but we decided to take a stop along the way up in the rolling hills and the wine country of Italy. Perugia is the town we chose. This part of the country is filled with vineyards, olive...

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